Scientific Committee on Health and Environmental Risks
The Scientific Committee on Health and Environmental Risks
(SCHER) is one of three independent non-food scientific
committees that advise the European Commission on matters of consumer safety,
public health and the environment.
The committee was set up in 2004 to provide the European Commission with
scientific advice on health and environmental risks. It replaced the Scientific
Committee on Toxicity, Ecotoxicity and the Environment (CSTEE).
SCHER addresses questions relating to examinations of the toxicity and
ecotoxicity of chemicals, biochemicals and biological compound whose use may
have harmful consequences for human health and the environment.
In particular, the Committee addresses questions related to new and existing
chemicals, the restriction and marketing of dangerous substances, biocides,
waste, environmental contaminants, plastic and other materials used for water
pipe work (e.g. new organics substances), drinking water, indoor and ambient air
quality. It addresses questions relating to human exposure to mixtures of
chemicals, sensitisation and identification of endocrine disrupters.
The SCHER complies with the principles of independence, transparency and
confidentiality. SCHER members therefore make a declaration of commitment to act
in the public interest and a declaration of interests; requests for opinions,
agendas, minutes and opinions are published; work and publications are done with
regard to the need for commercial confidentiality.