Scientific Steering Committee

The Scientific Steering Committee discusses guidelines and principles for the work in VKM, coordinates risk assessments discussed in more than one panel, and finalizes the most comprehensive risk assessments. The Scientific Steering Committee has 15 members, nine of which are the chairs of the panels. The remaining six are appointed directly.

Merethe Aasmo Finne

Chief Scientific Coordinator Environment, PhD

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Jan Alexander (Chair)

Gro-Ingunn Hemre
(Deputy, Food)

Angelica Agdestein

Dag O. Hessen

Gaute Velle

Inger-Lise Steffensen

Merethe Hofshagen

Tor A. Strand

Trond Rafoss

Åshild Krogdahl

Vigdis Vandvik
(Deputy, Environment)

Asbjørn Magne Nilsen

Edel Elvevoll

Helle Katrine Knutsen

Johanna Bodin

Taran Skjerdal

Trine Husøy

Yngvild Wasteson

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.

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Independent and transparent

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.


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