The report looks into the role, methods of operation and effectiveness of the committee, including its terms of reference and composition. It also looks into the openness and transparency of its procedures and relationships such as the commissioning department, other bodies with related responsibilities in particular scientific advisory committees. The implementation of the 2002 review recommendations will be explored as well as the revised code of practice for Scientific Advisory Committees and the current governance structures.
The report highlights a continuing need for ACAF, with value to the Agency, UK agriculture departments and stakeholders. The review commends ACAF on good practice in seven areas and makes 17 strategic recommendations.
Three specific recommendations were made on cross-cutting issues, directed to the Agency. The Agency response to the review has drawn on the views from ACAF, the General Advisory Committee on Science (GACS) and from the other bodies that receive or use advice from ACAF.
The other 14 recommendations relate specifically to ACAF, and are outlined below in ACAF’s response.