Comments of Terms of Reference and Code of Practice

Declarations of interests

It is important to avoid any risk of IAC members being influenced, or appearing to be influenced, by their private interests in the exercise of their public duties. All IAC members should therefore declare any personal interest (involving payment to members personally) or non-personal interest (involving payments to the relevant part of the organization for which the member works), which may, or may be perceived (by a reasonable member of the public) to influence their judgment.

If members feel that there are interests outside the scope of this guidance which could be perceived as influencing their work on the IAC (e.g. the personal or non-personal interests of close family members), they should approach the Chair or the Convener for advice.

On taking up appointment, members should advise the Executive Committee in writing of their current personal and non-personal competing interests. Members should notify the Executive Committee of any changes to the declaration so that the register entry is amended. The register of interests will be available on request e.g. in answer to Parliamentary questions and enquiries from the media.

Members should declare any personal or non-personal interest at any IAC meeting if it relates specifically to a particular issue under consideration. The representative of the Executive Committee will record this declaration in the minutes (whether or not a member also withdraws from the meeting).

Members should not participate in the discussion or determination of matters in which they have a competing interest, and may be asked by the chair to withdraw from the meeting.

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