The IODP Environmental Protection and Safety Panel (EPSP) is an advisory body of the JOIDES Resolution Facility Board (JRFB) composed of volunteer domain experts from IODP member countries. The EPSP primarily carries out a site-by-site review of proposed or scheduled IODP expeditions from the point of view of safety and environmental protection. The ECORD Facility Board and Chikyu IODP Board (non-riser projects only) also currently use EPSP as an advisory body.
The EPSP's work is organized by its panel Chair, working closely with the platform Science Operators and the Facility Board Chairs. The EPSP's annual meeting schedule is determined by the scheduling needs of the platforms, but will normally be in September.
Proponents will be notified well in advance by the IODP Science Support Office if their proposal is scheduled for EPSP review. Proponents are required to prepare and submit a Safety Review Report two months before the meeting. EPSP protocol requests that one proponent representative (usually the data lead) attend the meeting to give a presentation based on their report and interact with the panel. EPSP review often requires modification to the drilling plan (for example, relocation of sites) and submission of new Site Forms via a proposal Addendum.
The panel composition is outlined in Memoranda of Understanding between contributing nations and the JR Platform Provider. Those interested in serving on EPSP should contact their Program Member Offices.