SAFOSO previously worked with the Moldovan food safety agency to apply risk assessment methods in the preparation of sampling plans for imported commodities. These activities together with activities of other organizations motivated the Moldovan food safety agency to establish a dedicated unit, in which risk assessments benefitting the entire organization can be performed. This has the advantage that the performance of risk assessment will be more clearly distinguished from the development and implementation of risk management, thus contributing to the credibility of the outcomes of risk assessments. Additionally, the staff of this dedicated risk assessment unit will be able to develop a greater expertise in risk assessment. SAFOSO was now requested to support the Moldovan food safety agency in scoping the mandate, tasks and organization of this new unit. SAFOSO held discussions with various representatives of the agency and with external stakeholders to gain insights in their expectations and demands for this risk assessment unit. The results were brought together in a document with a first draft mandate and a further description of tasks and organization aspects. SAFOSO then discussed this conceptual document in more detail during a workshop with senior technical staff of the Moldovan food safety agency. Following the workshop, a full concept for the risk assessment unit was finalized. This project was financed by the International Finance Corporation.