Scientific advisory committees: code of practice

Guidance setting out good practice for the operation of scientific advisory committees.



The Code of practice for scientific advisory committees (CoPSAC) covers all aspects of their governance. It provides guidance on the establishment, management and conduct of committees and sets out their relationship with the bodies they advise.

We revised and republished in 2021 following a public consultation.

Published 22 November 2011
Last updated 14 December 2021 + show all updates
  1. Code of Practice for Scientific Advisory Committees (CoPSAC) updated to reflect changes in legislation and guidance - in particular revisions to paragraphs on independence, diversity and inclusion, and transparency.

  2. The advice on making public appointments to scientific advisory committees needs to be updated. Those making appointments should contact the Cabinet Office Public Appointments Policy Team (PAPT) for advice.

  3. First published.