Welcome to the Arab Food Safety Scientists Platform!

The gateway to a pool of Arab Food Safety Scientists operating in the Arab region and beyond.

About SAFE

The Arab Food Safety Initiative for Trade Facilitation, known as the “SAFE Initiative”, is a regional initiative led by the League of Arab States (LAS) and its specialized agencies: the Arab Industrial Development and Mining Organization (AIDMO) and the Arab Organization for Agricultural Development (AOAD).

The key objective is to facilitate regional trade in food/agri-based products and improve integration through strengthening the regional coordination and harmonization mechanisms on conformity assessment and Food Safety systems following international best practices on TBT and SPS.

The SAFE Initiative is funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) and implemented by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).

To read more about the SAFE Initiative, please visit the official SAFE website by clicking on the link below:


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To get in touch with us, please e-mail us on: info@arabsafetrade.org

About the Food Safety Scientists Community

The SAFE initiative aims to establish a sustained engagement between the Food Safety Science Community and the Arab Task Force (ATF) on Food Safety – which is a specialized inter-governmental steering group established within the framework of the SAFE initiative. Such engagement will enable to conduct the relevant analysis, gap identification, and prioritization of investment requirements to sustain efforts of food safety standards development, coordination and harmonization in the region.

One of the key actions will encompass mapping of Arab universities to identify their areas of interventions in food safety science, document their current and future research drivers, as well as their programmes on food safety training and educational curricula, with the aim to enhance such programmes in a manner that coincides with the SAFE initiative objectives and contributes to promoting evidence-based decision making.

The SAFE initiative encompasses a food safety science engagement approach with the aim to enhance the contribution and involvement of the Arab Food Safety Science community, as a foundational element of reshaping the food safety regulatory and standard setting requirements in the Arab region.

About the AFSS Platform

Identify. Connect. Collaborate.

The Arab Food Safety Scientists (AFSS) Platform is a web-based portal bringing together qualified Food Safety scientists of Arab-origin operating within the region and beyond. The AFSS Platform is the first of its kind in the Arab region.

The platform will tailor to a wide audience of stakeholders in the Arab region such as governments, universities, Science & Technology institutions, as well as the private sector, with the objective to provide a facilitated access, reach, and communication to a pool of Food Safety experts across various fields and industries.

The platform will also provide stakeholders with a key opportunity to capitalize on readily available expertise in Food Safety and Food Safety related areas.

Our Partners

Arab Science and Technology Foundation (ASTF)

ASTF is an independent, non-profit non-governmental organization (NGO), which works regionally and internationally to encourage investment in Science and Technology. ASTF aspires to be an influential Arab and international entity, supporting the efforts of Arab scientists and researchers, and defending the interests of the region in the fields of technology and science, as well as protecting humanity from the hazards and the negative effects of technological developments. Moreover, ASTF seeks not only to strengthen the links between universities and research centers inside and outside the Arab world through joint projects, agreements and programs, but also to attract businesses, companies and individuals capable of allocating endowments to fund research posts in those fields that are vital for the Arab countries.

Association of Arab Universities (AArU)

AArU is a non-governmental organization that has an independent legal character. Its membership includes 280 Arab Universities at the present time. AArU coordinates efforts among Arab universities and international conferences, to support and encourage mutual students' activities. Cooperation in terms of teaching methods, promotion of joint research projects, quality assurance and accreditation within Arab universities are the main objectives.

International Life Science Institute (ILSI)

ILSI is a nonprofit, worldwide organization whose mission is to provide science that improves human health and well-being and safeguards the environment. ILSI achieves its mission by fostering collaboration among experts from industry, government, and academia and other civil society organizations on conducting, gathering, summarizing, and disseminating science. ILSI is establishing a Middle East branch to enhance its outreach and impact in the region.