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Public Health (11-04-2013)

First plenary meeting of three Independent Scientific Committees

Today, the newly appointed scientists who are to provide the Commission with independent scientific advice on issues relating to consumer safety, public health and the environment, meet for the first time in Luxembourg. The committees have been relocated from Brussels to Luxembourg to bring their risk assessment activities closer to the Luxembourg-based Public Health section of the Commission's Directorate-General for Health and Consumers. The three committees are:

  • The Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS)
  • The Scientific Committee on Health and Environmental Risks (SCHER), and
  • The Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks (SCENIHR)

For the new three-year term their seat is officially moved from Brussels to Luxembourg, where they are being officially welcomed by the European Commission and the Luxembourgish government at a two-day plenary meeting.

These committees are comprised of eminent scientists from all over the world. Since their creation in 1978, they have adopted more than a thousand scientific opinions. The subjects covered range from the safety of ingredients in cosmetics and hair dyes, to the potential dangers of fluoride in drinking water, electromagnetic fields and security scanners for passenger screening. Their opinions serve as a basis for regulations, contributing to a more evidence-based EU policy-making which ensures a high level of health protection to European citizens.

The Committees are governed by the principles of excellence, independence and transparency. A robust set of rules are in place to safeguard their independence, and prevent risk of influence from economic, social or other non-scientific elements.

For more information on the independent scientific committees and their renewed mandate: