When preparing its policy and proposals relating to consumer safety, public health and the environment, the Commission relies on independent Scientific Committees to provide it with sound scientific advice and draw its attention to new and emerging problems. The Scientific Committees can call on additional expertise from a pool of scientific advisors and a database of experts.
This Scientific Risk Assessment Advisory Structure is managed by the European Commission. The Secretariat of the Scientific Committees, which is located in DG Health and Consumers, is responsible for providing the necessary scientific and administrative support to facilitate the efficient functioning of the Scientific Committees. This includes monitoring compliance with the Rules of Procedure, particularly in relation to the requirements for excellence, independence, transparency and confidentiality, and ensuring communication on the Committees' activities and the appropriate stakeholder dialogue, including organization of hearings, and publication of the opinions and other public documents. Moreover, the Secretariat provides support to the Committees and organizes and applies quality control of the opinions, in particular completeness, consistency, clarity, correspondence with requests and editorial standards.
More information on the work of the Scientific Committees is available at the following link:
Furthermore, the Secretariat supports the Directorate General for Health and Consumers in establishing a comprehensive and up-to-date inventory of training schemes in the field of risk assessment in the EU.
The Secretariats of the Committees can be contacted via the following mailboxes:
SCCS: SANCO-C2-SCCS AT ec.europa.eu
SCHER: SANCO-C2-SCHER AT ec.europa.eu
SCENIHR: SANCO-C2-SCENIHR AT ec.europa.eu
ICCG: SANCO-ICCG AT ec.europa.eu
For any targeted inquiries and comments on the work of the Scientific Committees and to submit suggestions for possible new topics of the committees in line with the Stakeholder Dialogue Procedure (see Annex IV of the Rules of Procedures) please use the following mailbox:
SANCO-C2-SCIENTIFIC-COMMITTEES AT ec.europa.eu