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Alien Organisms and trade in Endangered Species (CITES)

The Panel assesses whether the import and keeping/release of alien organisms may pose a risk to biodiversity in Norway. Other factors that may affect biological diversity are evaluated by the group.

The Panel also evaluates applications for import/export and listing proposals under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), which regulate international trade in endangered species.

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Search for published risk assessments and risk assessments on the agenda from the panel on Animal Health and Welfare.




Gaute Velle (chair)

Anders Nielsen (deputy)

Eli Rueness

Erlend B. Nilsen

Eva B. Thorstad

Hugo de Boer

Inger Elisabeth Måren

Johanna Järnegren

Katrine Eldegard

Kjetil Hindar

Kyrre Kausrud

Lars Robert Hole

Lawrence Kirkendall


Assessing risk means assessing how likely it is that a hazard we know leads to injury. In addition, we need to assess how serious the injury is.

Independent and transparent

VKM is appointed by the Ministry of Health and Care Services. VKM is organized as an independent body, fulfilling the national requirement for independent, transparent and open scientific risk assessments.

Risk assessments in VKM follow current international standards and methodology in the respective fields of responsibility for VKMs panels.


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The Norwegian Scientific Committee for Food and Environment

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