EpiX Analytics advised and assisted the Ministry of Primary Industries (formerly MAF) during quantitative modelling of the risk of introducing Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome into New Zealand with imported pork. Drs Zagmutt and Groenendaal's expert professional input ensured the analysis upon which our decisions were made was robust, and the overall process ultimately withstood a legal challenge and judicial review. We involved Drs Zagmutt and Groenendaal in an Expert Working Group of scientists and stakeholders, and their technical input during this sensitive process was valuable for us by assisting the diverse group to focus on interpreting the science supporting the critical model inputs. Dr Zagmutt provided expert evidence during the Court proceedings, and in doing so clearly communicated complex science and modelling, the inferences drawn, and the implications of uncertainty. Throughout their work for us EpiX Analytics responded to all requests in a very timely way, going the extra mile to help us meet our deadlines. Quotes and invoices were accurate and delivered efficiently whenever requested. I would recommend the services of EpiX Analytics to anyone requiring expert support for quantitative risk modelling.
Director Animal and Animal Products, Standards Branch