Scientific research is one of the Finnish Food Authority’s statutory duties, and it is linked with its duties and influence in society.
The goal of scientific research is to carry out high-level research in areas that are in accordance with the Finnish Food Authority’s strategic goals. The goal is supported by the scientific research action plan. The research programme of the Finnish Food Authority is being prepared. It is planned to take effect starting from early 2020.
Research results are utilised in the targeting of controls, legislative drafting, and the development of international standards and instructions, as well as in risk assessments and in various lines of business, including agriculture, the food industry and improving animal welfare.
Scientific research is focused on three interrelated areas.
- food safety and quality
- animal health and welfare
- plant production and plant health
Scientific research information policy
The Finnish Food Authority’s scientific research information policy outlines how the Food Authority processes, manages, distributes and publishes the data and results of research projects.
Our aim is that our materials and results are available and accessible, while taking into account any restrictions. This policy applies to research and development projects that are externally financed or based on cooperation agreements. A separate policy will be outlined for materials arising out of our official and expert duties
Scientific research is networked
The Finnish Food Authority participates in joint research projects with other research institutes. The most important Finnish partners in cooperation include universities and sectoral research institutes, especially the TULANET consortium. The Finnish Food Authority is also involved in international research networks, where the partners include universities as well as research institutes and laboratories in the field.
Cooperation Group on Ethics of Scientific Research
Scientific research follows responsible conduct of research, and it is ethically acceptable, reliable, and produces credible results.
The contact person for the Finnish Food Authority’s ethics of scientific research and the Finnish National Board on Research Integrity (TENK) is Research Professor Antti Oksanen, with whom you can discuss issues related to research ethics and good scientific practice.
Suspected violations of good scientific practice are discussed preliminarily by the Finnish Food Authority’s Cooperation Group on Ethics of Scientific Research. If necessary, a separate investigation team is established and an external member is invited to the team. Cases of suspected violations are decided by the Director General.
Cooperation Group on Ethics of Scientific Research starting from 1 May 2018
Scientific Research Council
The Scientific Research Council is tasked with promoting all scientific research activities related to the Finnish Food Authority’s fields of operation. The Council’s term of office is from 23 January 2019 to 31 December 2020 and it generally convenes once a year.