Participating Databases

Chemical Hazards Database of the European Food Safety Authority Go to external website

Type of information that can be found via eChemPortal:


Links to all EFSA’s publications dealing with risk assessments of chemicals in food and feed since its creation in 2002. These include all Scientific Opinions, statements and EFSA’s conclusion on pesticides performed by its Scientific Panels, the Scientific Committee and units.

-           Hazard Assessments

-           Exposure assessments

-           Risk assessments

-           Pesticides

-           Vitamins and minerals

-           Novel foods

-           Dietetic products

-           Contaminants in the food and feed chain

--          Feed additives

-           Food additives

-           Food contact materials

-           Processing aids

-           Nutrient Sources

General information


The report collection provides access to risk assessments from EFSA’s Scientific Committee, Scientific panels and units:


-The Scientific Committee (SC) of EFSA providing scientific advice in the area of new and harmonised approaches for risk assessment of food and feed.

-The Panel on food additives, flavourings, processing aids and materials in contact with food (AFC) replaced in 2008 by the Panel on Food Additives and Nutrient Sources Added to Food (ANS) dealing with food additives, nutrient sources and other substances deliberately added to food, excluding flavourings and enzymes;  the Panel on Food Contact Materials, Enzymes, Flavourings and Processing Aids (CEF) dealing food contact materials, enzymes, flavourings and processing aids, and processes such as recycling.

-The Panel on Contaminants in the Food Chain (CONTAM) dealing with contaminants in the food chain.

-The Panel on Additives and Products or Substances used in Animal Feed (FEEDAP) dealing with additives and products or substances used in animal feed.

-The Panel on Dietetic Products, Nutrition and Allergies (NDA) dealing with nutrition, dietetic products, including vitamins, minerals and novel food ingredients.

-EFSA’S Pesticide Risk assessment Unit (PRAS) dealing with pesticides in the food chain.


The report collection provides data for hazard identification, hazard characterisation, exposure assessment and risk characterisation:

-Human health endpoints for regulated products (AFC, ANS, CEF, CONTAM, FEEDAP, NDA panels, SC and pesticide unit) and for contaminants (CONTAM) including toxicological endpoints and health based guidance (e.g. Acceptable Daily Intake, Acute Reference Dose, Acceptable Operator Exposure Level, Tolerable Daily Intake) and  margin of exposures for contaminants that are genotoxic and carcinogenic.

-Animal health endpoints (Target species and non-target species) for feed additives, pesticides and contaminants (FEEDAP, CONTAM, PRAS) and ecotoxicological endpoints (FEEDAP, PRAS).


The added value of EFSA’s chemical hazards database is significant since it provides direct searchable access to all EFSA publications in the field of human health, animal health and environmental risk assessment for thousands of substances. Relevant audiences include 1. risk assessors and toxicologists from national and international governmental bodies, industry, health organisations, 2. researchers in academia, educators, health and medical professionals, human toxicologists and epidemiologists, nutritionists, veterinarians and veterinary toxicologists, ecotoxicologists, 3. general public.


More detailed descriptions are available of EFSA’s website: 


Disclaimer for information available

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Hazard information

 The report collection describes the critical studies from which a reference point was identified to derive health-based guidance values, margins of exposure, animal health and environmental standards. These critical studies include toxicity data for 1. Human health based either on test species (rat, mice, rabbit, dog) or from human epidemiological studies for regulated substances and contaminants, 2. Animal health based on target species or non-target species for feed additives, contaminants and pesticides, 3 Ecological risk assessment based on terrestrial (soil compartment) and aquatic organisms (water compartment) for feed additives and pesticides. 


Search capabilities


The report collection supports searches by CAS number, EC reference number, IUPAC name and SMILES notation.



The report collection is maintained by the European Food Safety Authority.

Peer review


EFSA’s Scientific opinions and Statements are peer reviewed by the members of the relevant scientific panels / SC. EFSA’s conclusions on pesticides are peer reviewed by EFSA’S Pesticide Risk assessment Unit and member States i.e. scientific experts from a national agency/ministry.

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