The Scientific Committee on Occupational Exposure Limit Values (SCOEL) was set up in 1995 with the mandate to advise the European Commission on occupational exposure limits for chemicals in the workplace.
It does this through the preparation of scientific recommendations for the Commission which are used to underpin regulatory proposals on occupational Exposure Limit Values (OELVs) for chemicals in the workplace. During this procedure draft recommendations from SCOEL undergo a stakeholder consultation to allow interested parties to submit health-based scientific comments and further data.
The Committee is composed of a maximum of 21 members selected from candidates among independent highly qualified scientific experts in the fields of chemistry, toxicology, epidemiology, occupational medicine or industrial hygiene. SCOEL members review the available information on priority chemical substances and recommend exposure limits where possible.
SCOEL is regulated by the Commission Decision 2014/113/EU of 3 March 2014, which aligns its functioning with the Commission’s rules on expert groups.
An open call for expression of interest to appoint members for a 6th term of office of SCOEL was launched by the Commission and published in the Official Journal of the European Union on 21 October 2014.