Risk Analysis Panel

The Non-native Risk Analysis Panel (NNRAP) is a core group of risk analysis experts who provide advice on risk associated with non-native species. Specific risk assessments are carried out by individual external experts using the standard methodology (developed for a Defra funded project) and peer reviewed in 2006. Read the trialling and peer review report (PDF).  Risk assessments (on species or pathways) quantify the risk associated with that species or process and provide the Programme Board with robust risk-based evidence to underpin its decision making.

The NNRAP meets approximately four times per year. Triggers for carrying out a risk assessment include interceptions of new non-native species in Britain and Horizon scanning to detect invasive species.

Membership of the NNRAP includes experts from:

  • Imperial College (Chair)
  • Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science
  • Defra, Plant Health
  • Scottish Association for Marine Science
  • Sheffield University
  • Public Health England
  • Animal and Plant Health Agency - wildlife disease

Objective of the NNRAP:

  • To ensure the provision of robust risk-based evidence to underpin decision making on non-native species and aid the Programme Board and others in prioritising resources.  

Remit of the NNRAP:

  • The panel covers all areas covered by the Programme Board remit, all non-native plant and animal species, pathways and receptor habitats in the terrestrial, freshwater and marine environments. The panel will not duplicate risk assessment and risk management functions where they already exist e.g. Plant Health. The panel is also tasked with continuous horizon scanning function.  

Risk Analysis Mechanism:

  • The process for risk analysis is shown below. In some circumstances, a fast track process is also used. The process of completing a risk assessment starts with an independent expert rafting the assessment, a second independent expert peer reviewing the draft and both the assessment and peer review being considered by the GB Non-native Species Risk Analysis Panel (NNRAP). If the NNRAP are satisfied that the assessment is fit-for-purpose it is sent to the GB Programme Board for approval. Once approved, it is placed on the GBNNSS website for stakeholders to review and comment.

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