In the frame of the scientific evaluation of regulatory dossiers and other biosafety-related matters, the Biosafety Advisory Council and the Biosafety and Biotechnology Unit (SBB) can call for the scientific support of external experts. This cooperation with scientists is very important to deliver scientifically sound advices to the competent authorities. The Biosafety Council and the SBB are indeed unique interfaces between the academic and the regulatory areas in the field of biotechnology.
For this purpose, the Biosafety Council and the SBB have drawn up a common list of experts, subdivided into 5 groups:
includes scientists having expertise in (genetically modified) plants
includes scientists having expertise in (genetically modified) animals
includes scientists having expertise in food and feed aspects (e.g. nutrition, allergenicity, toxicology)
Recombinant viral vectors, virosomes, vaccines, gene therapy
includes scientists having expertise in gene therapy and/or (recombinant) viruses
Genetically modified micro-organisms - Bacteria and Fungi
includes scientists having expertise in micro-organisms other than viruses
Experts are consulted on a case-by-case basis, depending on the specific expertise needed to assess a dossier. The expertise is done in most of the cases according to a written procedure. The experts are entitled to receive a financial allowance for their scientific work.
The common list of experts is regularly updated and continuously open for new candidates. This is an opportunity to include scientists who are interested in providing their support to the work of the Biosafety Council and the SBB.
Interested individuals are required to submit to the attention of the SBB
a motivation letter
and a nomination form
corresponding to the expert group in which they would like to be included (see relevant documents below) together with a copy of their CV
Downloadable documents (Word files)
For your information please have also a look at the code of conducts for experts
, a document that each expert must sign each time he/she participates in the expertise of a dossier.