The Social Science Research Committee (SSRC) provides advice to the Agency about how it gathers and uses social science evidence.
The Social Science Research Committee (SSRC), established in April 2008, helped the Agency achieve its strategic goal of strengthening its capacity for social science research, and provided assurance to the Agency’s Board about how the Agency gathers and uses social science evidence and advice.
The SSRC was supported by a Secretariat provided by the Food Standards Agency.
The ACSS, which replaced the SSRC, will be established by April 2018.
Terms of Reference
The terms of reference for the Social Science Research Committee are:
• To support the Agency develop its social science capacity by advising
how social science can best contribute to meeting the Agency’s
• To advise and critically assess how the Agency gathers and uses
social science evidence and advice
• To draw on wider expertise as appropriate to provide independent
critique on social science based evidence
• To keep the Agency in touch with relevant social science activity both
in the UK and internationally