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Public Health (05-03-2010)

Call for experts in behavioural psychology

The Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS) is looking for experts in behavioural psychology for its "Food Imitating Products" working group.

The Commission has recently requested the SCCS to assess the potential risks related to food-imitating or child-appealing chemical consumer products[1]. Examples of these might be soaps shaped like fruit or shampoos and body lotions with packaging resembling food items. To allow for a comprehensive assessment, the need for experts in the field of consumer’s behavioural psychology has been identified.

A call for expression of interest for experts in this area is launched today, with deadline of 9 April 2010.

The SCCS is seeking experts with relevant professional experience, particularly in the area of consumer awareness of risk related to consumer products. The successful candidate(s) would have expertise on the potential appeal that products whose odour, packaging or taste imitates food products can have for consumers - mainly children and seniors.  

For more information on this topic or to submit an application, please visit the dedicated webpage. 

Further information about SCCS and the other non-food Scientific Committees of the European Commission can be found here.

[1] The detailed mandate for this assessment can be found here .