The Scientific Committee on Occupational Exposure Limit Values (SCOEL) was set up by a Commission Decision (95/320/EC) 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 proposed by the EU Member States and appointed by the Commission. They are scientists who are experts in chemistry, toxicology, epidemiology, occupational medicine or industrial hygiene, and able to review available information and recommend exposure limits where possible.
All SCOEL members act as independent scientific experts, not as representatives of their national governments.