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Scientists & Researchers

All our decisions are based on evidence. We support and use relevant research and ensure that our policy decisions allow consumers to make informed choices.

Our Science Evidence and Information Vision

"We will use science, evidence and information to develop, challenge and evaluate our policies, to tackle risk and promote opportunity in food safety, food standards and diet and nutrition both today and tomorrow."

Our Science Evidence and Information Strategy

Our Science, Evidence and Information (SEI) strategy will help us deliver our six strategic outcomes, to inform how we manage public health risks, help identify opportunities to improve both our diet and food standards, to ensure that our policy decisions allow consumers to make informed choices.

Our SEI strategy is a working document for FSS staff. The working strategy shows how we operate to support our strategic vision and corporate priorities. The SEI strategy links, our organisation, our staff and our three SEI themes with actions.

Governance of our Science, Evidence and Information

Our science and evidence and information governance statement will help to ensure that our staff are transparent in how we deal with uncertainty in our SEI and will support risk management.

Our science and evidence checklist will help us, at the beginning of any new project, to consider the appropriate use of SEI that we plan to collect e.g. what will it achieve and how will it be communicated. The checklist also deals with the application of SEI to risk assessment, using robust and appropriate SEI and consideration of the different sources of evidence.

Applying for research contracts

We will advertise all opportunities to apply for Food Standards Scotland contracts on the Public Contracts Scotland website. If you wish to see the opportunities, it is recommended that you sign-up to Public Contracts Scotland.

Search our research reports

You can view our current research in nutrition and food safety or search or browse our publications database for all of our previously published reports, as FSS and as Food Standards Agency in Scotland.

In this section

Nutrition Research

We undertake research to understand why people make certain food choices and whether there is progress being made towards improving diet and nutrition in Scotland.

Food safety research

A summary of our current food safety research projects.

Food surveillance system

The food surveillance programmes undertaken by FSS involve gathering data about the safety, compositional standards and authenticity of food & feed in Scotland.

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