Politicians, government departments and international organisations play a key role in the science sector. We work to ensure key policymakers are aware of the views and concerns of our membership. 

We feed into many government consultations through our collaboration with the Royal Society of Biology. This collaboration aims to provide a unified voice when advising Government and influencing policy.

If you’ve got an opinion on any of the documents below and want to make sure that it’s heard, or just have a question about a consultation, please contact our Policy team. We are keen to hear your opinion and all comments are read and appreciated. Please note that we will not include your name/affiliation in a response without your explicit permission.

Biochemical Society responses:

June 2019 The APPG on Diversity and Inclusion in STEM’s inquiry into Equity in STEM Education

June 2019 – HoC S&T Select Committee’s inquiry into Commercial Genomics

November 2018 – The Biochemical Society wrote a letter to the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency in response to their consultation on EU Exit no-deal contingency legislation for the regulation of medicines and medical devices

June 2018 – The House of Commons Health and Social Care Committee’s inquiry into ‘Antimicrobial Resistance‘ 

The Biochemical Society fed into the Royal Society of Biology's response to the following consultations: 

2019

September 2019 – Science Council’s response to Department for Education’s consultation on Higher Technical Qualifications (need to check okay to publish)

May 2019 – Professor Adrian Smith’s call for evidence on Future frameworks for international collaboration on research and innovation

April 2019Ofsted’s consultation on proposals for changes to the education inspection framework.

January 2019 – HoC S&T Select Committee inquiry on Brexit, Science and Innovation: Preparations for ‘No-Deal’

2018

June 2018 – The House of Commons Science and Technology Committee’s inquiry on an ‘immigration system that works for science and innovation‘ 

May 2018 – The Department for Education’s consultation ‘Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework: subject-level technical consultation‘  

May 2018 – The Department for Education’s consultation on the Review of Post 18 Education and Funding 

March 2018 – The Department for Education’s consultation on Strengthening Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and Improving Career Progression for Teachers 

February 2018 – The Environmental Audit Committee’s Inquiry into the Government’s 25 year Environment Plan  

February 2018 – The House of Commons Science and Technology Committee’s Brexit, Science and Innovation Summit inquiry 

February 2018 – The Department for Education’s consultation on the Implementation of T Level programmes  

February 2018 – The Institute of Apprenticeships’ Occupational Maps consultation 

January 2018  – The Education and Select Committee’s inquiry into the Quality of apprenticeships and skills training 

2017

October 2017 – The Migration Advisory Committee’s call for evidence on EEA-workers in the UK labour market 

September 2017 – The House of Lords Science and Technology Committee’s inquiry into Life Sciences and the Industrial Strategy 

April 2017 – The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategies inquiry Building our Industrial Strategy 

February 2017 – We fed into the Royal Society of Biology’s response to the consultation on the Second Research Excellence Framework. Full RSB response is available online

January 2017 – We fed into the Royal Society of Biology’s response to the Genomics and genome-editing inquiry

January 2017 – We fed into the Royal Society of Biology’s response to the consultation onthe UK Bioeconomy. Full RSB response is available online

Wakeham Review of STEM degree provision and graduate employability

In response to the Wakeham Review, we have published a statement and a comment piece by the Chair of the Policy Committee, Dr David Pye, on Campaign for Science and Engineering blog.

General Election 2017

  • Dr Mark Downs, Chief Executive of the Royal Society of Biology, has sent a letter on behalf of their Member Organisations and the whole bioscience community to all MPs who are planning to stand for re-election.
  • Campaign for Science and Engineering has written to the leaders of all the political parties, inviting them to set out their party’s policies on science and engineering.

Parliamentary events

We have taken part in these events alongside other learned societies:

Past consultations