EFSA API portal


Terms of Use


Data protection notice


The European Food Safety Authority (“EFSA”) offers some of its public information, data and documents (hereafter collectively referred to as “the data”) in machine-readable format through the EFSA Application Programming Interface (API) Portal, a service located at https://openapi-portal..efsa.europa.eu. Your use of the EFSA API Portal constitutes acceptance of the present Terms of Use, complementing the information provided in the legal notice on the EFSA website: https://www.efsa.europa.eu/en/legalnotice

The EFSA API Portal is intended to provide users with a unique access point to public scientific data in the EFSA’s operational remit in all fields which have a direct or indirect impact on EU food and feed safety in accordance with the EFSA’s Founding Regulation (EC) No 178/2002. The data accessible through the API Portal originate from separate platforms and systems within EFSA’s remit, including: the EFSA Journal on Wiley, the EFSA Knowledge Junction on Zenodo, the Risk Assessment Workflow (RAW), the Data Collection Framework (DCF), all available from EFSA’s website. 

Conditions for reuse of data

Unless otherwise indicated, the data and any related materials on the EFSA API Portal is in the public domain and made available with a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) licence. You can copy, modify, distribute, reproduce and reuse the data, even for commercial purposes, without asking permission, provided that:

  • EFSA is properly acknowledged as source and you provide a link to the license. As an example of citation: “Data provided by the European Food Safety Authority – (https://openapi-portal.efsa.europa.eu)”. Please note that the data made available through the API Portal are not necessarily the property of EFSA.
  • You do not distort the original meaning of the data provided through the API Portal and you indicate when any modification is made;
  • EFSA cannot be held liable for the reuse of the data to the fullest extent permitted by applicable law.

Service Discontinuation

EFSA reserves the right to discontinue fully or partially the API Portal at any time for any reason in its sole discretion. These Terms of Use shall survive such service discontinuation including the disclaimer and limitations on liability.


EFSA may at any time offer new services and/or features by means of the API Portal and EFSA reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to modify or replace the present Terms of Use. Your continued use of the EFSA API Portal implies the acceptance of any modified terms.

Disclaimer and limitations on liability

EFSA maintains the API Portal to enhance the public accessibility of data about its activities and initiatives. EFSA’s goal is to keep the information timely and accurate. If errors are brought to EFSA’s attention, EFSA will do its utmost to correct them as soon as possible.

EFSA accepts no responsibility or liability (including, but not limited to, any direct or consequential loss or damage that might occur to you and/or any other third party) arising out of, or in connection with the information and data made available through the API Portal, including information relating to the documents it publishes. EFSA cannot be held liable for errors, inaccuracies or inconsistencies with regard to texts available through the API Portal being different from the scientific and administrative documents officially adopted, issued or endorsed by its responsible governance bodies. In case of disagreement between the adopted text and the document made publicly available, the official text will always prevail.

Data published:

  • is supposed to reflect the information and state of knowledge available on the date it was adopted or endorsed;
  • is not necessarily comprehensive, complete, accurate or up to date;
  • is not to be interpreted as professional or legal advice (if you need specific advice, you should always consult a suitably qualified professional).

It is EFSA’s goal to minimise disruption caused by technical errors. However, some data may have been created or structured in files or formats that are not error-free and EFSA cannot guarantee that its service will not be interrupted or otherwise affected by such problems.  EFSA accepts no responsibility with regard to such problems incurred as a result of using this site or any linked external sites.

This disclaimer is not intended to limit EFSA’s liability in contravention of any requirements laid down in applicable national law nor to exclude its liability for matters which may not be excluded under such law.

Data protection notice

Regulation (EU) 2018/1725 on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data by the Union institutions, bodies, offices and agencies and on the free movement of such data, is applicable in the context of the EFSA API Portal. In accordance with Article 15 of the Regulation, the following information is provided:

Purpose of the data processing:

  • To create accounts to users for accessing the Portal and allowing them to use the services;
  • To ensure secure use of the services via the API Portal key associated to each user;
  • To produce anonymous statistics on the API Portal use;
  • To update user accounts on request;
  • To suspend or block accounts for security reasons

Personal data processed:

  • User name and email;
  • Encrypted password;
  • API key generated by the system and used by the user for every transaction.

Data retention:

  • User account data are kept by EFSA until the User cancels the account.

Technical characteristics:

Personal data processed in the context of the EFSA API Portal are stored in Cloud Services, using datacentres and similar facilities located within the European Economic Area.

Controller and recipients:

The EFSA Digital Transformation Services (DTS) is the controller of the processing.  User data are accessible by competent DTS staff and the cloud service provider.

Data breaches:

In case of any information security incident affecting personal data (“personal data breach”), EFSA will notify the EDPS (see below) and the Users in case their rights and freedoms are affected, indicating which data were accessed/modified/copied/made available to non-authorised persons.


What are your rights and how can you exercise them?

you are entitled to access your personal data and rectify, block or delete it in case the data is inaccurate or incomplete. You can exercise your rights by contacting the DTS units (Data Controller), using this email – servicedesk@efsa.europa.eu

Contact and complaints:

Should you need more information on the processing of your personal data in the context of this service, you may contact the data protection officer of EFSA, writing to DataProtectionOfficer@efsa.europa.eu.

You have the right to lodge a complaint regarding the processing of your personal data in the context of this service with the European Data Protection Supervisor (http://www.edps.europa.eu).