A pro-transparency lobby group has called on the European Commission to clearly define the responsibilities of the scientific advisers it uses to develop evidence-based policies.
On 18 November, the Corporate Europe Observatory published its principles on how to organise scientific advice, in the wake of the departure of the chief scientific adviser Anne Glover. In its statement, the group says scientific advice should be drawn from a diverse range of sources, especially on controversial or uncertain subjects.
The CEO also states that advisers’ independence from external interests should be guaranteed, and that the Commission should increase transparency and public involvement in the process. "The relationship between potential advice and policy or political processes should be fully mapped," it states.