About the Scientific Advice Mechanism

The overall objective is to ensure the quality of the scientific advice given to the Commission

The European Commission’s Group of Chief Scientific Advisors provides independent scientific advice to the College of European Commissioners to support their decision making.

The Group is supported by a secretariat with staff from the European Commission’s Directorate General for Research and Innovation and the Joint Research Centre.

The Group and its Secretariat works closely with the SAPEA (Scientific Advice for Policy by European Academies) consortium which consists of the 5 European Academy Networks Academia Europaea, ALLEA, EASAC, Euro-CASE and FEAM. SAPEA brings together the outstanding knowledge and expertise of Fellows from over 100 Academies and Learned Societies in over 40 countries across Europe, spanning the disciplines of engineering, humanities, medicine, natural sciences and social sciences.

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Background to the Scientific Advice Mechanism

As announced by President Juncker on 13 May 2015, the European Commission has set up the EC Scientific Advice Mechanism ("SAM") through the EC Decision C(2015) 6946 .

This will contribute to the quality of EU legislation, in line with the Better Regulation agenda.

The Commission was assisted in selecting the experts by an independent Identification Committee. This was carried out in accordance with the SAM Identification Committee Terms of Reference and Statement of Methodology. Their activity report summarises the process and outcomes of the process.

The seven members proposed were appointed by Carlos Moedas, the Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science, on 10 November 2015.

The core of SAM is the High Level Group of Scientific Advisors, composed of seven highly qualified, specialised, independent experts, appointed in their personal capacity and who act independently and in the public interest.

The Scientific Advice Mechanism will draw on the wide range of scientific expertise in Europe through a close relationship with national academies and other bodies.