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Drugnet Europe News from the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction — April–June 2007

Scientific Committee:
new Chair and Vice-chair

The new EMCDDA Scientific Committee established in December 2007, held its first meeting in Portugal from 14–15 February and elected its new Chair and Vice-chair. Dr Michael Farrell of the National Addiction Centre, London, now takes the helm, with Dr Marina Davoli of the Department of Epidemiology of the Lazio Region, Rome, as Vice-chair.

The main aim of the meeting was to come to a common understanding of the role of the Scientific Committee in relation to the mandate and tasks of the EMCDDA. In his opening speech, Director Wolfgang Götz expressed his intention to draw more on the expertise of the Committee, which had tended to be under-used in the past. During the discussions, the role of the Committee members as the guardians and advocates of the scientific integrity of the agency was underlined. The members also conveyed their expectations and interests regarding the tasks ahead, such as being involved early in work processes and offering advice on quality and outputs. It was noted that the data and information held at the EMCDDA could be optimised for scientific projects or publications and that the Committee could be used as a resource for generating research ideas.

Input to the next three-year work programme (2010–12) will be a priority of the Committee for the near future, along with a review of new guidelines for the risk assessment of new psychoactive substances.

Margareta Nilson


Drugnet Europe is the EMCDDA's newsletter launched in September 1996. The newsletter provides regular and succint information on the Centre's projects and activities to a broad readership.

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