The terms of reference of the review are as follows:
i. to advise on the chemical and microbiological risk assessment functions and activities that will be required to support delivery of the FSA’s current and future strategic priorities, informed by the requirements and expectations of users of risk assessment outputs
ii. to consider the range of approaches that other UK and international organisations use to provide risk assessments in support of food safety and related regulatory fields, identifying any approaches that may be transferable to the FSA
iii. to identify and, on the basis of available evidence, appraise options for how these risk assessment functions and activities might be delivered now and in the future, including but not limited to directly employed in-house expertise, the use of scientific advisory committees, strategic partnerships with other users and/or providers of risk assessment services, and ad hoc commissioned work
iv. to assess and advise on the approaches and resources that would be required to ensure current and future resilience in the delivery of the risk assessment functions and activities
v. to identify any specific issues related to talent management, future career development, recruitment and retention of directly employed in-house expertise
The review will include a series of interviews and/or group discussions with internal and external stakeholders, and consider key background documentation.
The output of the review will be a report with recommendations, addressed to Professor Guy Poppy as the FSA’s Chief Scientific Adviser. The report will be published together with the FSA’s response to its recommendations.