Code of practice
The CST adopts the government’s Code of Practice for Scientific Advisory Committees although, as the CST’s role is to advise on strategic policy rather than to evaluate research, some parts of the Code are not directly relevant to CST’s activities.
The Code is aimed at committees, their chairs, members and secretariats and provides a framework for scientific advisory committees to operate within. It addresses all aspects of a committee's work including its role and remit, responsibilities of members, chairs and secretariats, working practices, publication of documents and public consultation. It ensures that high levels of openness and transparency are maintained throughout the vast network of relationships between Scientific Advisory Committees and Government.