Guidelines on Science and Health Reporting - Update
Social Issues Research Centre: Bulletin 11 April 2001
The SIRC / RI Guidelines have now been formally approved by Lord Wakeham, Chairman of the Press Complaints Commission. This means that the Guidelines can be used as a basis of formulating complaints about innaccurate or misleading health and science stories, and can be taken into account when adjudications are made.
With this very solid endorsement we are now starting the 'implementation' phase of the Guidelines. This will involve, initially, a series of briefings, seminars and workshops which will bring together journalists, health professionals and scientists to explore the issues in a non-confrontational way.
This and other future activities will be managed within an indendent charitable body, the 'Health and Science Communication Trust', which is in the process of being formed. Further details of this and the sources of initial funding will be available on our web site in May.