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Selection process

The applications will be reviewed by a panel of four individuals (one from FAO, one from WHO, and two independent, internationally recognized experts agreed by both FAO and WHO). The purpose of the panel's review is to determine whether the applicants meet the selection criteria outlined below. This pool of qualified applicants will be used by FAO and WHO in appointing experts.

FAO and WHO will appoint experts from the pool of qualified applicants to participate in consultations, drafting groups, elaboration of guideline documents and other activities in microbiological risk assessment. In appointing experts FAO and WHO will consider diversity of scientific backgrounds, conflicts of interest (each participant will be asked to complete a "Declaration of Interest" form) and representation from all geographic regions including developing and developed countries. FAO and WHO will also seek to have a balanced representation of women and men.

All qualified applicants will be included in the FAO/WHO Roster of Experts for Microbiological Risk Assessment which will be posted on both the FAO and WHO webpages.

Criteria for Selection of Experts

  • Technical expertise and professional recognition - education and professional background in microbiology, epidemiology, mathematical modelling, public health, food technology, veterinary medicine, risk assessment and/or the pathogen-commodity combination under consideration.


  • Publications in microbiology, epidemiology, mathematical modelling, public health, food technology, veterinary medicine, risk assessment and/or the pathogen-commodity combination under consideration.


  • Ability to participate in group discussions and draft clear and concise reports.

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