The GACS Code or Practice describes how the Committee will operate. GACS meetings are open to the public and papers, minutes and reports are published on this website. Agendas are published in advance of meetings.
GACS operates in accordance with the guidelines and procedures established by the Agency and to relevant guidance and rules established across Government for the operation of Advisory Committees and public bodies. These include:
The Agency’s Good Practice Guidelines
The 2002 Report of the Review of Scientific Committees
The cross-Government Code of Practice for Scientific Advisory Committees (CoPSAC)
Appointments to the GACS are made in accordance with the principles set out in the Nolan Report on Standards in Public Life. In making such appointments, the Agency is committed to affording equal opportunities to all those with the requisite qualifications and expertise irrespective of race, age, disability, gender, marital status, religion, sexual orientation, transgender and working patterns.
The overriding principle is that appointments are made on merit. Members are appointed for their individual qualifications and the expertise they can bring to the Committee, and not to represent any particular sectoral interest. The balance of the Committee is intended to ensure that it has a wide range of expertise on which to draw, in order to enable it to advise the Food Standards Agency effectively.
Vacancies and further information on procedures for appointments are published on this site when vacancies arise.
The GACS operates under Agency policies and procedures on records management & personal data, charging for information, and complaints.
Charging for information
We will not normally charge a fee to supply copies of information or advice, unless the request is for a priced publication or data set. However, we reserve the right to make a reasonable charge to cover the costs of transcription, photocopying, packaging and postage, or where a considerable amount of staff time would be needed to identify, process and collate information for you. In some cases, there will be separate charging arrangements for the supply of information for commercial use. We will inform you of any charges that might apply before processing your request.
Most concerns or complaints are best and most quickly resolved by talking to the person or team directly concerned – in this case, the GACS Secretariat (contact details above). If your concerns cannot be resolved informally with the person or team concerned, you can make a formal complaint, contacting the Agency’s Complaints Coordinator. Details of the Agency's complaints procedure is available here.