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GCP governance reform: Amended Consortium Agreement


In the stepwise approach adopted for reforming GCP governance, an amended version of the GCP Consortium Agreement has now been signed by the mandatory three-quarters of the parties to the Agreement. The coming into force of the Amended Consortium Agreement (ACA) dissolves the Programme Steering Committee (PSC) and now formally establishes the GCP Executive Board as the peak governance body. In addition, effective September 2009, a new body – the GCP Consortium Committee (CC) – whose members comprise representatives of parties to the ACA, will replace the PSC. However, unlike the PSC which had a governance role, the CC will assume a primarily advisory scientific role in interacting with the GCP Management Team.

The implementation of these reforms marks a fundamental change in GCP’s governance, to increase and further streamline the efficiency of GCP research activities, and to improve support to GCP science. These changes also comply with the recommendations of external reviews.

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