A key element of PEPPER’s governance, the Scientific Council warrants scientific rigour is maintained throughout PEPPER’s operations and strategic orientations. The Scientific Council warrants ex post that a candidate method to pre-validation has passed the required tests. It also ensures ex ante that pre-validation protocols are robust, in particular in relation to the choice of “positive” and “negative” control substances used to test the methods.
The work of the Scientific Council ensures the credibility of pre-validated methods, which will facilitate their further dissemination and recognition.
The Scientific Council provides a longer-term vision on the domains to investigate and the promising methodologies to follow.
The Scientific Council is made of 12 members intuitu personae coming in equal proportions from the following sectors: French academic research, other EU countries’ academic research, private research organisations. The Scientific Council meets at least once every 6 months.