The Panel is responsible for assessments of risks to Norwegian biodiversity from the import and keeping/release of alien organisms. The Panel also evaluates applications for import/export and listing proposals under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES)
Assessing risk means assessing how likely it is that a hazard we know leads to injury. In addition, we need to assess how serious the injury is.
VKM is appointed by the Ministry of Health and Care Services. VKM is organized as an independent body, fulfilling the national requirement for independent, transparent and open scientific risk assessments.
Risk assessments in VKM follow current international standards and methodology in the respective fields of responsibility for VKMs panels.