Science, Technology and Innovation Policy Research Network of the Americas

OECD Report: Scientific Advice for Policy Making



The OECD Global Science Forum, has recently produce the report “Scientific Advice for Policymaking: the role and responsibility of expert bodies and individual scientists”. The document proposes a checklist for countries to follow to ensure science advisory processes are effective and trustworthy. The report says governments would benefit from agreeing common principles for developing and communicating scientific advice, both in crisis situations and for long-term policymaking.


According to the report, the scientific advisory process should seek to mitigate controversies, by introducing procedures to declare and verify conflicts of interest and by explicitly determining how to engage participation from non-scientists and civil society. It also says crisis management could benefit from advisory processes in different countries, following a set of similar principles and assuring a more effective and timely exchange of relevant information and data.

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