Science in emergencies: chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear incidents


Terms of reference


1 Introduction and definitions

Our inquiry

Definitions: what is a ‘CBRN’ incident?

Issues arising from current definitions

2 National mechanisms for science advice during CBRN and Hazmat incidents

Emergency Coordination of Scientific Advice (ECOSA)

The need to work across national borders



Ensuring clarity for local resilience forums

3 Use of science in planning and responding

The National Risk Assessment

The use of science in the Government’s response framework

Moving away from ‘wet decontamination’

Reducing mass decontamination resources

Detection and modelling

Investment in R&D

Maintaining expertise

4 Communicating science to the public during a CBRN or Hazmat emergency

Education in anticipation of incidents

Use of the media in an emergency

Mobilising expertise in arm’s-length bodies

Communication from SAGE

Conclusions and recommendations

Annex: Visit to Glasgow, 19 January

Formal Minutes


Published written evidence

List of Reports from the Committee during the current Parliament

27 March 2017