Commentaries on the Revised General Framework1
A Risk Management Perspective on the Governance Framework
All of us occupy private realms of unreason where we merge evidence, myth, and belief. It is part of the human condition that determines who we are as individuals; but in public life the transparent use of evidence and robust scientific analysis are paramount to winning trust in decisions taken by experts and politicians. Nowhere is this more important than in the fields of health and food safety, where those involved have a duty to be clear about how judgements have been reached and to be explicit about how the different streams of evidence and analysis have contributed to the outcome.
Fundamental to this duty is good science governance, based on agreed and transparent best practice, that sets out for both the expert and lay stakeholder how evidence and scientific analysis are used in the decision-making process. Operated transparently such governance makes the decision-making process accountable, open to...
KeywordsEuropean Union Risk Management Food Safety European Food Safety Authority Stakeholder Dialogue
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