Review of the Federal Approach to Pandemic Science Advice and Research Coordination

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Health Canada has asked an independent expert panel to conduct a review of the federal approach to pandemic science advice and research coordination. The scope of this review was developed in consultation with the Public Health Agency of Canada, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Office of the Chief Science Advisor, and other departments and agencies.

The purpose of the review is to support Canada's preparedness for future pandemics and other health emergencies by taking stock of domestic and international learnings and best practices and providing recommendations in the following areas:

The panel is supported by a secretariat at Health Canada.

The review began in late August 2023 and is scheduled to be completed in the second quarter of 2024. The report will be made available publicly.

The panel is collecting a diversity of views from a range of targeted stakeholders across the country including those who played various roles in science advice and research coordination during the pandemic.

Panel members

The panel tasked with leading this review brings together diverse and complementary backgrounds to ensure a wide range of perspectives and expertise in the areas of science advice and research coordination.

Sir Mark Walport, Chair

Dr. Éric Cohen

Dr. Bev Holmes

Dr. Thomas Marrie

Dr. Shannon McDonald

Dr. Allison McGeer

Dr. Fahad Razak


Stakeholders who have questions or are interested in providing input to the panel, contact

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