ANSES issues a call for applications to renew its expert committees on occupational and environmental health risks
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News of 07/02/2017
Several hundred French and foreign scientists work with ANSES on appraisals in the fields of food, environmental and occupational safety, animal health and well-being, and plant health, with the priority being to protect consumers, workers and the environment. The Agency is currently renewing several of its expert committees on environmental and occupational subjects and has thus issued a public call for applications from scientists working in any of a wide range of disciplines, including toxicology, epidemiology, chemistry, biology and hydrology, and also the human, economic and social sciences.
The French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety (ANSES) draws on cross-functional expertise for appraising health issues and can thus identify the overall risks to which people are exposed through their lifestyles and consumption patterns, or the characteristics of their environment, including in the workplace.
To conduct its risk assessments and make recommendations, the Agency organises independent and pluralistic, scientific, collective and adversarial expert appraisals through some 20 expert committees, appointed for a three-year period, as well as through numerous working groups on specific topics.
The fundamental principles for the collective appraisals carried out by ANSES are the competence, impartiality and probity of the experts, the collectively-drawn conclusions, and the transparency and breadth of vision applied. For this reason, the experts selected after public calls for applications are appointed in their personal capacity, intuitu personae. They are selected for their scientific competence, assessed on the basis of their professional experience and their scientific publications. Particular attention is paid to an examination of their public declaration of interests, in order to avoid any risk of conflict of interest, depending on the nature of the issues examined by whichever Expert Committee they may belong to.
The Agency is renewing twelve of its expert committees whose mandates are coming to an end, and is issuing a public call for applications from scientists in numerous disciplines. The final submittal date for applications is 31 March 2017.
Range of expertise sought
The Agency is looking for experts in the following disciplines: biology, chemistry, biochemistry, microbiology, toxicology, ecotoxicology, endocrinology, epidemiology, exposure assessment, metrology, quantitative risk assessment, analytical methods applied to different matrices, industrial health and safety, hydrology, hydrogeology, water treatment, physical agents, new technologies and major facilities, and the human, economic, social and political sciences.