SAP Scientific Integrity Group

SAP Scientific Integrity Group (SAPSIG)

The purpose of the SAP Scientific Integrity Group is to maintain and protect the integrity, coherence and impartiality of the SAP model.

The Group’s main terms of reference are:

The full terms of reference can be viewed via the links on this page, as can the minutes of the meetings.

Members of the Group are expected to possess a clear understanding of the role and scope of SAP and give feedback and recommendations on the principles to be followed whenever it is to be altered.  This will apply to any review of existing treatment and to any extension of scope as provided by the Appendix Q application route.  The Group’s feedback and recommendations inform BRE and BEIS regarding the development of SAP but are not binding upon them (for example, it is conceivable there could be policy considerations that would mean that a specific recommendation should not be implemented).

The Group will normally meet between two and four times a year, subject to the amount of business requiring their attention.  Any correspondence that is directed to the Group (e.g. concerning specific recommendations or feedback that it makes) should be addressed to the secretariat at

The members are volunteers who are not paid for undertaking the Group’s activities.  Matters raised in correspondence will generally only be discussed during the meetings and, subject to any limitations that might be imposed by confidentiality considerations, will be recorded in the minutes.  The minutes will be accessible on this webpage.

The Group currently has 9 members, who are:

Government invites are:

Additionally, as required, experts / specialist can be invited.

The Group is chaired by John Tebbit of Robust Details Ltd; with the secretariat being provided by Robust Details Ltd.

The members, chair, secretariat and any invitees are required to behave in a scrupulously independent and impartial manner.  Consequently, in their group roles, they must not represent the interests of any other bodies.  They have all confirmed that they are not subject to any conflict of interests and have no prospects of direct or indirect commercial gain from the Group’s recommendations or decisions.  If a conflict of interest or prospect of commercial gain were to arise in future they have a duty to inform the other members.