People who have to make important decisions often rely on others
for specialist advice on topics where they themselves are not
experts. Those decisions become much harder when differences of
opinion arise about the specialist issues or their significance for
the decision. Such differences might be among the experts
themselves, or between the decision maker and the experts, or
between the decision maker and other parties interested in the
This is the report of a "quick look" research project to explore practice and expectations in dealing with differences of expert opinion, carried out during November and December 2001. It has been prepared for the Health and Safety Executive by Tony Taig of TTAC Limited.
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