Tánaiste congratulates Professor Patrick Wall on his appointment as Chair of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) Management Board

12 September 2006

Professor Patrick Wall was today appointed Chairman of the new Management Board of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). This appointment is an enormous personal honour for Professor Wall and comes in recognition of his contribution to consumer protection and food safety over the past decade. Professor Wall is the Associate Professor of Public Health at the UCD School of Public Health and Population Science, and is the former Chief Executive of the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI).

Commenting on his appointment, the Tánaiste and Minister for Health and Children, Mary Harney TD, said "I am delighted to learn of the elevation of Professor Wall to the post of Chairman of the Management Board of the European Food Safety Authority. This is a not only a tribute to him personally and professionally but also to his pioneering work as the first Chief Executive of the Food Safety Authority of Ireland. He will I am sure, continue to demonstrate his enthusiasm, tireless commitment and integrity in his new role. I extend my sincerest congratulations to him and wish him all the best in this new position

EFSA was established in 2002 on the back of a number of food scares which had undermined consumer confidence in the safety of the food chain and is now the keystone of European Union risk assessment regarding food and feed safety. In close collaboration with national authorities and in open consultation with its stakeholders, EFSA provides independent scientific advice and clear communication on existing and emerging risks. The EFSA Management Board ensures that the Authority functions effectively and efficiently, delivers its mandate and meets the expectations of European and National institutions, stakeholders and the public. As Chair of the Management Board, Professor Wall will have a major influence on EFSA's strategy and future direction and on monitoring and implementation of their work programmes.