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Shai Mulinari

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Regulatory scientists' work has important ramifications for public health and should be open to public scrutiny

Författare

  • Shai Mulinari
  • Courtney Davis

Summary, in English

The Swedish Medical Products Agency (MPA) objects to the fact that we occasionally refer to one of its senior ex-employees by name. However, names of individual MPA assessors, FDA reviewers, and EMA rapporteurs and co-rapporteurs are reported in regulatory documents and are a matter of public record. In our paper we in no way suggest that regulatory decisions were left to individual reviewers or assessors, although we do emphasise that individual MPA and FDA employees' scientific assessments and benefit-risk evaluations are critical to the decision-making process. In this response to the MPA, we raise a further issue - one in which the question of personal identification of individuals is relevant - and this pertains to the accountability of influential scientists and experts who contribute to public policy decisions with important ramifications for public health. In our view it is important that interested observers are able to identify those influential individuals, and entirely appropriate that their work should be open to public scrutiny.

Avdelning/ar

  • Sociologi

Publiceringsår

2018-11-15

Språk

Engelska

Sidor

98-98

Publikation/Tidskrift/Serie

Health Research Policy and Systems

Volym

2018

Issue

16

Dokumenttyp

Artikel i tidskrift

Förlag

BioMed Central (BMC)

Ämne

  • Sociology

Status

Published

Projekt

  • The dilemma of the swine flu vaccine

ISBN/ISSN/Övrigt

  • ISSN: 1478-4505