The Panel assesses whether the import and keeping/release of alien organisms may pose a risk to biodiversity in Norway. Other factors that may affect biological diversity are evaluated by the group.
The Panel also evaluates applications for import/export and listing proposals under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), which regulate international trade in endangered species.
Gaute Velle (chair)
Anders Nielsen (deputy)
Erlend B. Nilsen
Eva B. Thorstad
Hugo de Boer
Inger Elisabeth Måren
Lars Robert Hole
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.