Article 6 of the ECDC Founding Regulation (EC) No 851/2004
states that ECDC "shall provide independent scientific opinions, expert advice, data and information" and "shall seek to maintain scientific excellence at all times through the best expertise available".
Hence ECDC requires independent external expertise to fulfill its mandate and to deliver its work programme. Tasks requiring external expertise include conducting scientific working groups, developing and reviewing risk assessments, scientific guidance and other scientific opinions, and carrying out scientific and technical consultations.
In order to widen its roster of potential experts, ECDC has set up a “Candidate Expert Directory”, to which all experts with relevant expertise are invited to submit an application. Candidate experts may then be asked to participate in the work of ECDC on the basis of their specified competence.
External experts can assist the Centre in provision of scientific advice to support the policies and decisions of Europe’s risk managers and policy/decision makers in the European Commission, European Parliament and EU Member States.
For more information, please see Q & A and invitation to submit an application.
Apply to become ECDC external expert