Evira’s public tasks and authority include scientific research.
Research results are applied to directing controls, preparing regulations, and developing international standards and directives, risk assessment, and in various fields such as agriculture and food industry, and to improving animal welfare.
Scientific research at Evira is divided into two research programmes:
- Food safety
- Animal health and welfare
These programmes are related in that the health and welfare of animals also affect food safety. The scientific research is related to the societal task and effectiveness of Evira.
Scientific research entireties
Currently progressing under the research programmes of Evira are five extensive scientific research entireties:
1. Nationally significant virus infections and those threatening Finland
2. Animal healthcare and welfare
3. Bacterial infections among animals, food-borne bacteria, effect of antibiotic resistance on animal production and food industry
4. Diseases among wild and farmed animals, and among fish and crayfish
5. Chemical food safety.
All the individual scientific research projects at Evira are arranged under these five extensive scientific research entireties.
Scientific research is networked
Evira participates in joint research projects together with other research institutions in the sector. The most important domestic cooperating partners of Evira are universities and sector research institutions. Evira also participates in international research networks, where cooperating partners are universities, and research institutions and laboratories in this field.
Scientific Research Council
Scientific Research Council works within the Finnish Food Safety Authority Evira. The Council’s task is to promote scientific research falling within Evira’s remit, and to promote cooperation between Evira and its stakeholders.