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Local Scientific Committee


The General Secretariat Committee decides on the selection of experts to constitute the Local Scientific Committee (LSC) for all National Award Categories.

This committee is formed for every term of the Award.

The panel of experts from the LSC may be categorized into various Sub-Committees to appropriately represent the various National Award Categories.

Each of such sub-committees may consist of 5-6 members.

The main responsibility of Local Scientific Committee and its sub-committees include  (a) Primary evaluation of the applications for various award categories (b) Handling all correspondences related to each award category and (c) Submission of periodic reports to the General Secretariat Committee about the progress of the work.

Based on the objectives and the selection criteria, the LSC has the full responsibility and authority to select and reach a final conclusion on the winners of the various award categories.

The discussion between members of the LSC & its sub-committees will be mainly electronic. When essential, the chair of the Sub-Committee may arrange a physical meeting at a place convenient to all of its members.

The review of the information for the nominees will be done through a three-stage process:

Stage 1:  Each application / nomination goes through the first review from two members of the sub-committee whose expertise is more relevant to the Award Category.

Stage 2:  The comments of the first stage review are provided within a set time limit to the rest of the members of the sub-committee for their comments.

Stage 3:  Finally in the third stage, comments stemming form the second stage review are provided to the first stage review members for final comments.

In addition, the sub-committee may decide to support its work with a Non-Numeric Score Review or with the Reviewer Numerical Guidance and Chart.

The final review report (after stage-3) is presented to all members of the sub-committee for voting on the final outcome.

The final selection made each of the sub-committee will be forwarded the Chairman of Local Scientific Committee. Such representation will be in writing with a detailed explanation and supporting information signed by the Chair of the sub-committee.

General Secretariat Committee and the Board of Trustees will be responsible for secondary and tertiary level decisions.

Each member of the LSC also declares in writing any conflicts of interest that may arise when reviewing a specific Award.  In case of a serious conflict between the members of the LSC or its sub-committees, on the final selection or at any stage of their work, its resolution will be the responsibility of the General Secretariat Committee. The final decision will be taken in consultation with the Board of Trustees of the Sultan Bin Khalifa International Thalassemia Award.

In the absence of the Chair of the sub-committee, the oldest (in age) member of the sub-committee takes over the lead in the co-ordination of the work.

All sub-committees have a quorum in a meeting if 5 or more of its members are present.

On the recommendation of the Chair of the sub-committees, the General Secretariat Committee is entitled to grant the Award, to more than one person in the field of specialty (should this be considered essential).

The General Secretariat Committee is entitled to change selection procedures at any time if such changes are justified for ensuring more transparency, fairness of the selection and effectiveness of the process as accepted by full consensus of all the members of the LSC.


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