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Search strategies for the maintenance and update of list of QPS-recommended biological agents

  • 1. European Food Safety Authority
  • 2. Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
  • 3. Spanish National Research Council (Agencia Estatal Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, CSIC)
  • 4. Universidad de León, Spain
  • 5. Teagasc, Ireland
  • 6. Institute of Agriculture and Food Research and Technology (IRTA), Spain
  • 7. French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety (Agence Nationale de Sécurité Sanitaire de l'Alimentation, de l'Environnement et du Travail, ANSES)
  • 8. Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) − Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA), the United Kingdom
  • 9. Alma Mater Studiorum – University of Bologna (Alma Mater Studiorum – Università di Bologna, UNIBO), Italy
  • 10. University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna (Veterinärmedizinische Universität Wien), Austria
  • 11. National Food Agency, Sweden
  • 12. Technical University of Denmark, National Food Institute, Denmark
  • 13. Faculdade de Farmacia da Universidade do Porto (FFUP)
  • 14. Veterinary Public Health Institute of Piedmont, Liguria and Aosta Valley (Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale del Piemonte Liguria e Valle d'Aosta, IZSPLVA), Italy
  • 15. Agricultural University of Athens
  • 16. Italian National Institute of Health (Istituto Superiore di Sanita, ISS), Italy
  • 17. Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Italy
  • 18. Universidad Politecnica de Cartagena, Spain
  • 19. Universidad de Oviedo, Spain
  • 20. Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
  • 21. Wageningen University, the Netherlands
  • 22. Institute for Agricultural and Fisheries Research-Ministry of the Flemish Community, Belgium


The aim of the Extensive Literature Search (ELS) carried out in response to the terms of reference set out in the EFSA mandate on the Qualified Presumption of safety (QPS), i.e. review of the recommendations for the QPS list and specific qualifications, was to identify any publicly available studies reporting on safety concerns for humans, animals or the environment caused by organisms that have QPS status, since the publication of the previous QPS review in 2016 (i.e. publications from June 2016 to June 2019). The details on the search strategy, search keys and approach are presented here.




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