the Study Committee, ensuring expertise appropriate to the study, balanced biases, and no financial conflict of interest. Committee members serve as individuals, not as representatives of their academies or their organizations.
With the Study Committee appointed and necessary resources assembled, the Committee begins work. The CAETS President is responsible for oversight of the work of the Committee to ensure the Committee focuses on its scope of work and within its schedule and funds.
For the purpose of gathering information relevant to the study, the Committee may hold workshops, or meet with invited experts. Normally, such meetings will be open to the public. However, meetings at which the Committee discusses its recommendations and conclusions normally will not be open to the public.
When the Study Committee finishes its draft consensus report, including, if necessary, any dissenting opinions, a Review Group, with expertise similar to that of the Study Committee and selected and appointed in the same manner as the Study Committee, reviews the draft report. The Study Committee responds to each of the comments and suggested changes made by the Review Group. The CAETS President is responsible for refereeing this process to ensure that all Review Group comments are appropriately incorporated.
Once the review process is complete, the report is then published and distributed by CAETS. Members of the Study Committee, as well as member academies, may then comment publicly on its recommendations and content.