OST: Code of practice for scientific advisory committees

06 December 2000

The Royal Society welcomes the opportunity to comment on the Office of Science and Technology (OST) consultation document on a Code of Practice for Scientific Advisory Committees. The society believes that a code would be very helpful and would complement well the recently updated OST document "Guidelines 2000: Scientific Advice and Policy Making", on which the Society commented earlier this year The Society has previously submitted evidence to some relevant House of Commons S&T Committee inquiries.

The Society is currently also considering the science governance issues raised by the Phillips Report on the BSE Inquiry, but will not complete this before the deadline for responses to the consultation document. A copy of any report resulting from this further study will be sent to OST and made available on the Royal Society website.