Skip to main content
Research and innovation

Scientific Advice to European Policy in a Complex World

Guidelines for good scientific advice under conditions of complexity and uncertainty.

About the topic

Many social issues are complex and science is important when designing policies to address them. Yet scientific evidence is sometimes uncertain and this makes decision-making challenging.

This opinion provides guidelines to Commission policy makers on the characteristics of good scientific advice under these conditions of complexity and uncertainty.

Among others, the process must be transparent, advisors' impartial, advice based on comprehensive evidence, and developed in dialogue with policy makers.

Advice and related documents