IMPORTANT LEGAL NOTICE : The information on this site is subject to a legal notice (http://europa.eu/geninfo/legal_notices_en.htm).
de en fr

Consumer Policy & Consumer Health Protection

Scientific Committees

Call for expressions of interest for the post of Member of one of the Scientific Committees (1 August 1997)

In its recent Communication to the Council and European Parliament on "Consumer Health and Food Safety" (COM(97) 183 final), the European Commission emphasised that high-quality Scientific Committees are an essential foundation for Community rules in this area.

A pro-active approach has been adopted, including a far-reaching reform of the system of scientific opinions in matters relating to consumer health, i.e. not only consumer health in the strict sense, but also animal health and welfare, plant health and environmental hygiene.

Up to now responsibility for delivering scientific opinions lay with six Scientific Committees created by the Commission in the fields of food, animal nutrition, pesticides, toxicity and ecotoxicity, veterinary public health and cosmetology.

In line with the Commission’s Communication it has been decided to restructure this system. The following committees are being created and will replace the existing ones:

The a Scientific Committee on Animal Health and Animal Welfare is composed of a sub-committee on Animal Health and and a sub-committee on Animal Welfare

These Scientific Committees will meet approximately ten times a year and members will have to make a substantial contribution to the preparatory and monitoring work.

Each of these Scientific Committees shall be made up of a maximum of 19 Members. The number of members in each committee shall be determined by the commission in function of the necessary expertise. The area of competence and expertise required is set out in Annex 2.

These Scientific Committees shall be consulted by the Commission whenever a legal act so requires. The may also be consulted on other questions of particular relevance to consumer health and food safety.

At the Commission’s request the Scientific Committees shall provide scientific opinions on matters relating to consumer health and food safety. Notably they shall:

Based on the evolution of existing scientific data, the Scientific Committees may draw the Commission’s attention to any specific or emerging problem falling within their remit relating to consumer health and food safety.

The members shall be required to inform the Commission each year on their general interests and to declare any special interests which could be considered prejudicial to their independence concerning the work of the Scientific committees or their working groups.

This call for expressions of interest invites experts from Europe and elsewhere, currently working or possessing up-to-date experience in one or more scientific disciplines in the field of consumer health as defined above, to express their interest in becoming a member one of these committees.

The Member States, the European Parliament, consumer organisations and all other institutions active in the field of consumer health are invited to inform all eminent scientists about this call for expressions of interest. The Commission also welcomes expressions of interest for experts put forward by scientific organisations and universities, provided the designated expert gives his consent. All experts who have directly or indirectly expressed their interest will be evaluated and, if appointed, will hold a post on one of these Scientific Committees on a personal basis.

From the expressions of interest received before the deadline indicated below, a selection jury - chaired by the Chairman of the Scientific Steering Committee and made up of the members of this Committee who are not chairmen of an existing Scientific Committee, as well as Commission representatives working in the field of consumer health, scientific research and public health - shall, in a transparent manner, select the most suitable candidates for each Scientific Committee. The selection will be based on the criteria and procedures indicated in the Annex to this call for expressions of interest. The Commission will appoint the members of the Scientific Committees from among the persons selected as being scientifically most suitable.

Interested individuals are invited to communicate the following information to the address at the end of this document:

Persons who wish to express their interest in several Scientific Committees or sub-committees of the Comittee on Animal Health and Welfare, are requested to communicate the documents mentioned above for each of these committees and sub-committees, it being understood that they cannot be appointed to more than one Scientific Committee.

In preparing their CV and any additional information, interested persons should take due account of the selection criteria described in the Annex to this call for expressions of interest.

Expressions of interest should be received by the Commission (one original and three copies) at the latest on 19 September 1997 or be lodged in person at the address indicated below by that time. The Commission reserves the right to reject expressions of interest received after this date. The interested persons will receive an acknowledgement of receipt. All expressions of interest will be treated confidentially.

The Commission will inform the most suitable scientific experts and appoint the members of the Scientific Committees as soon as possible. The names of the members of the Scientific Committees will be published.

All correspondence should be sent to the following address:

European Commission
Directorate-General for Consumer Policy and Consumer Health Protection
DG XXIV/B1 – Secretariat of the Selection Committee for the Scientific Committees
rue de la Loi, 200
B-1049 Brussels

The envelopes must be marked:

"COMITES SCIENTIFIQUES / APPEL À MANIFESTATION D’INTERET / CONFIDENTIEL"

Additional information may be obtained from the same address,

Telephone: +32-2-295 85 54, 295 57 95 or 295 51 08,
Fax: +32-2-296 32 79.

ANNEX 1

Selection criteria and procedure

The selection criteria and procedure described below are designed to identify experts in the field of consumer health interested in working on one of the Scientific Committees and best qualified to do so, and to ensure the transparency and impartiality of the selection process.

The Commission will appoint the members of the Scientific Committees from among the most suitable scientific experts.

Selection criteria

Preference will be given to candidates who possess:

Selection procedure

The candidates will be selected on the basis of the above mentioned criteria as follows:

  1. A selection jury will be composed of members of the Scientific Steering Committee who are not chairmen of an existing Scientific Committee, as well as Commission representatives responsible for consumer health and scientific research.
  2. The jury will evaluate the expressions of interest on the basis of the established selection criteria.
  3. Taking into account the evaluation made by each of its members, the jury will collectively identify the most suitable scientific experts.
  4. An observer from the European Parliament and an observer from the Council will be invited to assist in the selection procedure.

ANNEX 2

Scientific Committee on Food

Field of Competence:

Scientific and technical questions concerning consumer health and food safety associated with the consumption of food products and in particular questions relating to toxicology and hygiene in the entire food production chain, nutrition, and applications of agrifood technologies, as well as those relating to materials coming into contact with foodstuffs, such as packaging.

Expertise required:

Toxicology, pathology, human and veterinary medicine, food allergies, public health, epidemiology, molecular/genetic biology, genetics, science and food technology, microbiology and food hygiene, human food, food composition and food consumption, analytical chemistry, biotechnology.

Scientific Committee on Animal Nutrition

Field of Competence:

Scientific and technical questions concerning animal nutrition, its effect on animal health, on the quality and health of products of animal origin, and concerning the technologies applied to animal nutrition.

Expertise required:

Human or veterinary medicine, sciences relating to animal production, animal or human nutrition, impact on the environment and on man, (bio)chemistry, biology, microbiology, biotechnology.

Scientific Committee on Animal Health and Animal Welfare

Sub-committee Animal Health:

Field of Competence:

Scientific and technical questions concerning all aspects of animal health, hygiene, animal diseases and therapies, including zoonoses of non-food origin and zootechnics

Expertise required:

Veterinary and human medicine, public health, microbiology, virology, epidemiology, immunology, toxicology, pathology, biochemistry, hygiene, diagnostics, fish-farming, zootechnics, veterinary economics, biotechnology.

Sub-committee Animal Welfare:

Field of Competence:

Scientific and technical questions concerning the protection of animals, notably in regard to animal husbandry, herd management, transport, slaughter and experimentation.

Expertise required:

Ethology, biology and breeding zootechnics , animal behaviour, zootechnics , clinical veterinary medicine, epidemiology, physiology, neurophysiology, biochemistry, genetics, veterinary economics, biotechnology, agrifood technology.

Scientific Committee on Veterinary Public Health

Field of Competence:

Scientific and technical questions concerning consumer health and food safety, and relating to zoonotic, toxicological, veterinary and notably hygiene measures applicable to the production, processing, and procurement of food of animal origin and the application of agrifood technologies.

Expertise required:

Veterinary and human medicine, public health, microbiology, virology, epidemiology, immunology, toxicology, pathology, biochemistry, hygiene, food technology, diagnostics, human food, zootechnics, veterinary economics, biotechnology.

Scientific Committee on Plants

Field of Competence:

Scientific and technical questions relating to plants intended for human or animal consumption or the production of non-food products as regards characteristics liable to affect human or animal health or the environment, including the use of pesticides.

Expertise required:

Sciences linked to the production of plant products, chemistry, biology, mammalian toxicology, ecotoxicology, human nutrition, human medicine, biotechnology.

Scientific Committee for Cosmetic Products and Non-Food Products intended for Consumers

Field of Competence:

Scientific and technical questions concerning consumer health relating to cosmetic products and non-food products intended for the consumer especially substances used in the preparation of these products, their composition, use as well as their types of packaging and labelling.

Expertise required:

Human medicine, public health, toxicology, pharmacy, dermatology, biology, chemistry, biotechnology.

Scientific Committee on Medicinal Products and Medical Devices.

Field of Competence:

Scientific and technical questions relating to Community legislation concerning medicaments for human and veterinary use, without prejudice to the specific competences given to the Committee for Proprietary Medicinal Products and the Committee on Veterinary Medicinal Products (1) in the context of the evaluation of medicaments. Scientific and technical questions relating to Community legislation concerning medical materials and equipment.

(1) Committees established in the European Agency for the Evaluation of Medicinal Products

Expertise required:

Chemistry, molecular and genetic biology, physics, pharmacology, physiology, microbiology, virology, haematology, pharmaceutical technology, toxicology, immunology, biocompatibility, epidemiology, medical technology in diagnostics and therapeutics, biotechnology, human and veterinary medicine, public health, applied medical research, evaluation of medical technology, zootechnics.

Scientific Committee on Toxicity, Ecotoxicity and the Environment

Field of Competence:

Scientific and technical questions relating to examination of the toxicity and ecotoxicity of chemical, biochemical and biological compounds whose use may have harmful consequences for human health and the environment.

Expertise required:

Human medicine, public health, toxicology, ecotoxicology, biology, biochemistry, chemistry, epidemiology, statistics, biotechnology.

Top

Scientific Committees
FOOD SAFETY | PUBLIC HEALTH | CONSUMER PROTECTION | DIRECTORATE GENERAL "HEALTH & CONSUMER PROTECTION"