DIUS: An independent review has commended the Food Standards Agency for the way it commissions, manages & uses science. The Government Office for Science Review highlights examples of good practice and praises the FSA for operating in an extremely open & transparent fashion.
The agency has pioneered holding committees and board meetings in public, with the agendas & papers published on the web beforehand and minutes of meetings also made available online.
However, the report also found that whilst science lies at the core of the FSA's business, without in-house facilities, the Agency relies on others to undertake the science it needs. There is therefore a high risk that in a climate of resource constraints, the funding of science within the FSA may be reduced and that the pressure may be met by reducing the amount of externally funded work.