About the topic

Many social issues are complex and science is important when designing policies to address them. Yet scientific evidence is sometimes uncertain and this makes decision-making challenging.

This opinion provides guidelines to Commission policy makers on the characteristics of good scientific advice under these conditions of complexity and uncertainty.

Among others, the process must be transparent, advisors' impartial, advice based on comprehensive evidence, and developed in dialogue with policy makers.

Advice and related documents

Scoping paper - Scientific advice to policy  (2019)

Scientific opinion – Scientific advice to policy (September 2019), informed by SAPEA evidence review report (July 2019)

News (September 2019) - How can science better support EU policymaking?

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