What is risk analysis?Risk analysis is used to identify hazards, estimate the associated risks and establish the measures needed to control the risks. The methods used are scientifically defined with replicable results guaranteeing an impartial assessment of each risk. This is particularly important when a decision affects matters subject to international regulations (e.g. WTO): in such cases all decisions must be based on scientific facts.
Risk analysis consists of three distinct but related components: risk assessment, risk management and risk communication.
Identifying and describing potential hazards, collating data, evaluating the data and assessing the risk.
Establish and implement the measures required on the basis of the risk assessment and monitor the effects of these measures.
Exchange of information on risk among all concerned and those directly affected.
Why does the Federal Veterinary Office carry out risk analyses?
Risk analyses are crucial to the decisions made by authorities on complex matters. Repeatable analyses provide a basis for decision making leading to fewer wrong decisions.
The Swiss Federal Veterinary Office uses risk analysis methods in the fields of animal disease control and food safety.
Regulations for the import of animals and all goods are modified on the basis of the results, control measures are checked and monitoring programmes established to test for animal diseases and contamination in foods.