Corporate report

Independent science review of Cefas

This publication was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

Defra’s Chief Scientific Adviser commissioned an independent expert science review of Cefas in 2012.

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This assessment of the relevance, sustainability, quality and impact of the science and scientific programmes at Cefas (Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science) is part of the Chief Scientific Adviser’s role in ensuring that Defra’s evidence is of a high quality.

The review concluded that Cefas is an excellent provider of essential statutory monitoring and inspection services, information and advice, and national emergency response capability supported by active researchers and good science. The review also recognised the excellent progress that has been made by Cefas since the previous  science audit in 2005.

The 2012 review identified areas where Cefas faces challenges going forward.  The panel made a number of constructive recommendations for both Cefas and Defra, including relating to a more interactive approach to future evidence needs and strategy, engagement with customers, Information and Communication Technology risks and the role of the Cefas Science Advisory Committee.

The joint Cefas and Defra response to the science review was also published in December 2012. 

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