The expert groups collect data, make assessments and draft a first scientific/technical response to the request.
The reports of all expert groups preparing the basis for ICES advice are peer-reviewed by a group of independent experts.
The expert group report together with the reviews is used in the Advice Drafting Group.
A draft advice prepared by the Advice Drafting Group is discussed and finally approved by the Advisory Committee (ACOM).
In cases of fish stock assessments where a benchmark is available, the review is done within the Expert Group and then followed by an Advice Drafting Group
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