As a Government scientist, my reading of the Commons’ Science and Technology Select Committee report, Scientific Advice, Risk and Evidence Based Policy Making, was admittedly partial. It focused on the committee’s assessment of the FSA’s evidence to it, and our performance. The report gives welcome recognition for the way we use science in the Agency as a Government Department that operates at arms length from Ministers and aims to be open in how we do things.
Scientists are at the heart of the Agency’s regulatory and policymaking processes, and we’re fully signed up to being open and transparent when it comes to communicating risk. Anyway, don’t just take my word for it. See what stakeholders said about us in the independent review commissioned to mark the Agency’s first five years. Better still, post any comments you have on this blog.