The Committee's work includes horizon scanning, science governance, developing good practice and informing science priorities.
The GACS comprises an independent Chair, four independent expert members, two lay members and the Chairs of the nine scientific advisory committees, that advise the Agency, who are members of GACS in an ex officio capacity.
The GACS is supported by a Secretariat provided by the Food Standards Agency.
Following the Triennial Review of Six Food Standards Agency Scientific Advisory Committees the GACS is being replaced by a new high level Science Council. The last meeting of the GACS was held on 24 March 2016 and there are no further meetings of the GACS planned. The GACS and its working groups will continue to operate within their current remit until such time as they hand over to the new Council once it is established. The Committee continues to operate by correspondence.