Food Safety/Risk Assessment/Scientific Committee/Activities of the Scientific Committee

Activities of the Scientific Committee

 

5 April 2022

A meeting of the AESAN Scientific Committee was held (83rd session). During the meeting, ten reports were debated. The meeting was held at the National Centre for Food, the AESAN reference laboratory located in Majadahonda, whose laboratories were visited by the Scientific Committee members.


30 March 2022

Dr. Silvia Pichardo Sánchez, member of the AESAN Scientific Committee, has been appointed Full Professor of Toxicology at the University of Seville.


24 February 2022

A meeting of the AESAN Scientific Committee was held (82nd session). During the meeting, ten reports were debated. The two approved reports will be published on the web page of AESAN. The end of the session, the Scientific Committee held a first Risk Assessment Workshop attended by participants in the EFSA EU-FORA Programme for the training of risk assessors. The six participants in the programme, coming from Greece, Ireland, Italy and Poland, had the opportunity to share with the Scientific Committee their activities in different Spanish Universities and Research Centres.


17 January 2022

The 34th issue of the Journal of the AESAN Scientific Committee has been published and includes five reports approved by the Scientific Committee and two external contributions.


14 December 2021

Dr. Pablo Fernández Escámez, Vice-President of the Scientific Committee of AESAN, participated as speaker in the seminar entitled "Hygiene and flexibility: workshop on the Royal Decree 1086/2020" where he presented the report of the Scientific Committee on the safety of air-drying outdoors foods that are produced by traditional methods.


24 November 2021

A meeting of the Scientific Committee was held (81th session). During the meeting, ten reports were debated. The four approved reports will be published on the web page of AESAN.


28 October 2021

Doctors Pablo Fernández, Sonia Marín and Magdalena Rafecas presented three reports of the Scientific Committee on chemical, biological and nutritional risks to the participants of the EU-FORA programme of the European Food Safety Authority for the training of risk assessors who are visiting the AESAN.


18 October 2021

Dr. Magdalena Rafecas, President of the Scientific Committee, participated in the round table on “New food security challenges in a context of recovery after the pandemic”, held during the celebrations of the 20th anniversary of the creation of AESAN.


14 October 2021

Dr. Araceli Díaz Perales has joined the Scientific Committee of AESAN. She has PhD in Biological Sciences and Head of the Plant Allergens Research Group at the Center for Plant Biotechnology and Genomics of the Polytechnic University of Madrid


22 September 2021

The 80th meeting of the Scientific Committee was held chaired by its President, Dr. Rafecas. Ten reports were debated during the meeting.


8 September 2021

The members of the AESAN Scientific Committee who were part of the working group of the report of the Scientific Committee to revise and update the Dietary Recommendations for the Spanish population have published an article in the journal Nutrients. 2021; 13(9):3131: Food-Based Dietary Guidelines around the World: A Comparative Analysis to Update AESAN Scientific Committee Dietary Recommendations; in relation to the report.


28 July 2021

The 79th meeting of the Scientific Committee has been held. During the meeting, four reports have been approved and will be published shortly on the AESAN website.


30 June 2021

The 78th meeting of the Scientific Committee was held chaired by its President, Dr. Rafecas. Twelve reports were debated during the meeting.


10 June 2021

Dra. Montaña Cámara, former president of the Scientific Committee of AESAN has received the award granted by the Spanish Federation of Food and Beverage Industries in the category of Science and Health for her work as a teacher and as president of the Scientific Committee of the AESAN until April 2021


31 May 2021

Issue 33 of the Journal of the AESAN Scientific Committee has been published which includes the latest seven reports approved by the Scientific Committee.


31 May 2021

The Minister of Consumer Affairs, Mr. Alberto Garzón, and the Executive Director of AESAN, Ms. Isabel Peña-Rey, have presented the report of the Scientific Committee on the risks related to the consumption of energy drinks together with the coordinator of the report, Dr. Carmen Rubio.


5 May 2021

The new AESAN Scientific Committee has been constituted. The meeting was held at AESAN headquarters in Madrid. Dr. Magdalena Rafecas-Martínez, of the University of Barcelona was chosen as Chair of the Scientific Committee and Dr. Pablo Fernández Escámez, of the Polytechnic University of Cartagena, was chosen as Vice Chair.


21 April 2021

The Board of Directors of AESAN has appointed the 20 members of the AESAN Scientific Committee for a period of two years. Ten of the members have renewed their membership for two more years and another ten have joined for the first time, replacing those who had already completed their maximum term of four years.


14 April 2021

The 75th meeting of the Scientific Committee was held with the assistance of the Executive Director of AESAN, who highlighted the importance of the Committee's tasks and thanked its members for their excellent work.


16 Mach 2021

Dr. Montaña Camara, President of the AESAN Scientific Committee, has been appointed Academician of the Royal National Academy of Pharmacy.


11 Mach 2021

Dr. David Rodríguez Lázaro, Vice-president of the Scientific Committee, has coordinated a study on the presence of SARS-CoV-2 RNA in wastewater in Brazil published in the journal Science of The Total Environment.


17 February 2021

A meeting of the Scientific Committee was held (74th session). During the meeting, thirteen reports were debated. The five approved reports will be published on the web page of AESAN.


19 January 2021

Renewal of the AESAN Scientific Committee. The call for the renewal of the Scientific Committee of AESAN has been published. The deadline for submitting applications is 19 February 2021


14 December 2020

Issue 32 of the Journal of the AESAN Scientific Committee has been published which includes the latest three reports approved by the Scientific Committee


25 November de 2020

On 25 Novembrer the 73th Scientific Committee meeting was held.  Ten reports were debated during the meeting.


5 November 2020

Dr. Jordi Mañes, member of the Scientific Committee, participated on 5 November in a congress organized by FESNAD. He presented the activities of the AESAN Scientific Committee in the field of nutrition.


28 September 2020

Dr. Cámara, Chair of the Scientific Committee, and her team have received First Prize in the Technology and Knowledge Transfer Prize from the Complutense University of Madrid in the Area of Biomedical and Health Sciences for the project titled “Promotion and dissemination of scientific knowledge on agrodiversity and health”.

The aim of this transfer is to highlight the healthy properties of vegetable products as the pillar of a healthy and sustainable diet, promoting their consumption to improve the general health of the population and especially children, thus reducing the risk of certain non-transmissible diseases.


23 September 20

 The 72nd meeting of the Scientific Committee was held with the Minister of Consumer Affairs, Mr. Alberto Garzón, in attendance. The Minister highlighted his commitment to strengthening the role of the Scientific Committee and of AESAN itself.


17 June 2020

A meeting of the Scientific Committee was held (71st session). During the meeting, six reports were debated, approving two to be published soon on the web page of AESAN.


02 June 2020

Issue 31 of the Journal of the AESAN Scientific Committee has been published which includes the latest four reports approved.


11 May 2020

Dr. David Rodríguez Lázaro, Vice-president of the Scientific Committee, has participated in the launching of the new laboratory of the region of Castilla y León for the detection of the SARS-CoV-2.


28 April 2020

Dr. Montaña Cámara Hurtado, President of the Scientific Committee, has participated in a webinar organized by the Antama Foundation on "The food chain in the face of a pandemic".


12 March 2020

Issue 30 of the Journal of the AESAN Scientific Committee has been published which includes the latest three reports approved.


04 March 2020

A meeting of the Scientific Committee was held. During the meeting, nine reports were debated, approving three for future publication in the Journal of the AESAN Scientific Committee.


17 February 2020

On 12 and 13 February the 24th International Practical Nutrition Conference was held in Madrid. The Chair of the AESAN Scientific Committee, Dr. Montaña Cámara Hurtado, and the Vice Chair, Dr. David Rodríguez Lázaro, participated in the round-table discussion titled Emerging Risks in the Food Chain: Current Situation and Challenges. During their interventions, they presented strategies for identifying risks and examples of emerging risks in a changing society. 


28 October 2019

Issue 29 of the Journal of the AESAN Scientific Committee has been published which includes the latest three reports approved and one external collaboration.


27 September 2019

Dr. Montaña Cámara Hurtado, Chair of the AESAN Scientific Committee, has been appointed Full Professor at Complutense University of Madrid in the Nutrition and Bromatology Area within the Faculty of Pharmacy.


27 June 2019

Several members of the AESAN Scientific Committee are among the highest rated researchers in food safety according to the Expertscape ranking which assesses the quantity and quality of over 30,000 publications from the last 10 years by close to 54,000 experts in the field. 

Dr. David Rodríguez Lázaro, Vice Chair of the AESAN Scientific Committee and Professor at the University of Burgos ranked 27th in the world and 2nd in Spain in the field of Food Safety, which is led by Dr. José Luis Domingo at Universitat Rovira i Virgili. As well as Dr. Rodríguez Lázaro, another three members of AESAN’s Scientific Committee are ranked among the 25 highest rated Spanish food safety researchers: Dr. Jordi Mañes and Dr. Maria José Ruiz, both Professors at the Universitat de València and Dr. Sonia Marín, Professor at the University of Lleida. Dr. Vicente Sanchis, Dr. Guillermina Font and Dr. Cristina Nerín, former members of the Committee, also appeared in the top 25.


14 June 2019

Scientific Committee reports on the exploration of chemical and biological hazards relevant to food safety in Spain were presented by Dr. Ángeles Jos and Dr. Jesús Santos respectively at the Food Analysis Reference Conference at the National Food Centre (CNA) of the AESAN. The CNA is the National Reference Laboratory for several chemical and biological hazards and this year marks the 45th anniversary of its creation.


06 June 2019

Dr. Carlos Alonso Calleja, member of the AESAN Scientific Committee, has been appointed Full Professor of the Department of Food Hygiene and Technology at the Faculty of Veterinary in the University of León.


16 May 2019

Dr. Montaña Cámara, Chair of the Scientific Committee and Full Professor at the Complutense University of Madrid, has co-authored, along with Dr. Cristina Alonso and Dr. Virginia Fernández, the book Cultura alimentaria, El caso del etiquetado de alimentos (Food Culture: The Case of Food Labelling).


16 May 2019

Dr. Magdalena Rafecas, member of the AESAN Scientific Committee, has been appointed Full Professor at the University of Barcelona within the knowledge area of Nutrition and Bromatology.


27 February 2019

The new AESAN Scientific Committee has been constituted. The meeting was held at AESAN headquarters in Madrid. Dr. Montaña Cámara Hurtado, of Complutense University of Madrid, was chosen as Chair of the Scientific Committee and Dr. David Rodríguez Lázaro, of the University of Burgos, was chosen as Vice Chair. There were 74 candidates for the renewal of the Scientific Committee.


25 February 2019

Dr. Carmen Rubio, member of the AESAN Scientific Committee and Professor at the University of La Laguna, has been appointed as member of the Executive Committee of the Hispanic Organization of Toxicologists, a special interest group within the Society of Toxicology (SOT) of the United States. Its principal objective is to provide support to the SOT and to provide a forum for awareness and promotion of toxicology information relating to the Hispanic community within the United States and abroad.


11 February 2019

Issue 28 of the Journal of the AESAN Scientific Committee has been published which includes the latest three reports approved by the Food Safety and Nutrition Section and one external collaboration.


19 January 2019

The microbiology research group at the University of Burgos in which Dr. David Rodríguez Lázaro participates, in collaboration with the Microbiology Service at Río Hortega University Hospital in Valladolid, and the Molecular Biology and Microbiology Laboratory at the Agrarian Technology Institute of Castilla y León (ITACyL), have characterised microbial populations present in the intestines of patients with chronic diarrhoea in the hospital setting.


28 November 2018

The Food Safety and Nutrition Section of AECOSAN Scientific Committee held a meeting in Murcia. The Executive Director of AECOSAN, the Rector of the University of Murcia and the Director General of Public Health and Addiction for Murcia opened the session, highlighting the risk assessment work of the members of the Committee and thanking them.


5 November 2018

The call for the submission of candidacies to join the Food Safety and Nutrition Section of the AECOSAN Scientific Committee has been published. The selection criteria are based on the excellence and suitability of the candidates for the functions required, as well as their independence and their objective availability for the adequate exercise of the role. The deadline for the submission of candidacies is 10 December 2018.


23 October 2018

The 15th anniversary of the constitution of the AESAN Scientific Committee was marked with an event attended by the former Chairs of the Committee, Andreu Palou (2003-2010), Rosaura Farré (2011-2012), Emilio Martínez de Victoria (2013-2014), Guillermina Font (2015-2016) and Gaspar Ros (2017-2018).


17 September 2018

The Regional Government of Catalonia, has awarded the Narcís Monturiol Medal to Dr. Olga Martín, member of the Food Safety Section of the AECOSAN Scientific Committee and Full Professor at the University of Lleida, in recognition of her contribution to the development of science and technology.


12 September 2018

The Food Safety and Nutrition Section of the Scientific Committee of the Spanish Agency for Consumer Affairs, Food Safety and Nutrition (AECOSAN) met for a session to debate a number of reports on matters of interest to food safety and nutrition. The Executive Director of AECOSAN, Ms Marta García, opened the session, thanking members of the Section for their work and stressing the importance of risk assessment as fundamental to decision-making. For his part, the Chair of the Section, Mr Gaspar Ros thanked the Agency for its support to the Scientific Committee.


6 September 2018

The microbiology research group at the University of Burgos, in which Dr. David Rodríguez Lázaro participates, received third prize for the best oral paper at the 26th International Committee on Food, Microbiology and Hygiene (ICFMH) Conference. His paper described the “TORMES” bioinformatic software for the analysis of the bacterial genome developed at the University of Burgos.


03 September 2018

Issue 27 of the Journal of the AECOSAN Scientific Committee has been published, including, in addition to the latest reports approved by the Food Safety and Nutrition Section, four external collaborations.


31 July 2018

Dr. Maria José Ruiz, member of the Food Safety and Nutrition Section of the AECOSAN Scientific Committee, has been appointed Full Professor at the Universitat de València within the knowledge area of Toxicology.


19 June 2018

The risk assessment activities and the functioning of the Food Safety and Nutrition Section of the AECOSAN Scientific Committee were presented at the Food Analysis Reference Conference held at the AECOSAN National Food Centre in Majadahonda.


23 May 2018

The Food Safety and Nutrition Section of AECOSAN met for its plenary session. During the session, ten reports were debated, approving three for future publication in the Journal of the AECOSAN Scientific Committee.