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Code of Practice for Scientific Advisory Committees

The Code of Practice for Scientific Advisory Committees (The Code) is aimed at committees, their chairs, members and secretariats and provides a framework for scientific advisory committees to operate within. It addresses all aspects of a committee's work including its role and remit, responsibilities of members, chairs and secretariats, working practices, publication of documents and public consultation. The Code ensures that high levels of openness and transparency are maintained throughout the vast network of relationships between Scientific Advisory Committees and Government.

In reply to recommendations in the Seventh Report of the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee on Scientific Advice, Risk and Evidence Based Policy Making, the Government committed to update the Code by the end of 2007, to reflect developments in areas such as monitoring committee performance. OSI launched a consultation on 25 June 2007 to invite views about updating the Code. The consultation closed on 16 September 2007.

The updated Code, and associated Government Response to the consultation, were published on 14 December 2007. Copies can be downloaded via the links on the right-hand side of the screen.

Hard copies of these publications can be ordered from DIUS publications.

Scientific Advisory Committees

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