ANSES launches a public call for applications to renew its Expert Committees
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News of 16/07/2013
Several hundred scientists from the best research institutes contribute, in their capacity as experts, to the assessments conducted by ANSES in the areas of occupational and environmental health, food health and safety, animal health and well-being, and plant health. Their main goal is to help ensure the safety of consumers, workers and the environment. Over the coming months, the Agency will renew several of its expert groups. To do so, it is launching a public call for applications open to scientists with various specialisations linked to toxicology, metrology, chemistry, physics, and the human and social sciences.
The French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety (ANSES) conducts missions in the areas of surveillance, expert appraisal, research and reference in a wide range of fields including human health, animal health and well-being, and plant health. The Agency provides cross-functional expert appraisal for health issues and can identify, overall, the risks to which people are exposed through their lifestyles and consumption patterns, as well as through the characteristics of their environment, including in the workplace. To conduct its assessments and draft recommendations, ANSES relies on approximately twenty Expert Committees (CESs) made up of experts appointed for a three-year period, and undertakes scientific expert appraisal which is independent, multidisciplinary, collective and adversarial.
The success of its collective expert appraisal system implies adherence to fundamental principles such as expert competency, impartiality and integrity, in addition to collegiality, transparency and openness in expert appraisal. In keeping with this, experts are appointed intuitu personae through the public call for applications process. They are selected for their scientific expertise (assessed based on their professional experience and scientific publications) and by an examination of their public declaration of interests, in order to prevent risks of conflicts of interests with regard to the types of dossiers handled by the expert group in which they are to participate.
Over the coming months, the Agency will renew several of its expert groups whose mandates have expired by launching a public call for applications open to scientists from a variety of disciplines.
Experts are sought in the following areas:
Assessment of chemical risks
- Expert committee on the characterisation of substance hazards and toxicity reference values,
- Expert committee on the assessment of chemical risks of consumer items and products,
- Expert committee on expert appraisal for recommending occupational exposure limits for chemical agents,
- Working group on biological exposure indicators,
- Working group on metrology,
- Working group on endocrine disruptors.
Assessment of physical risks
- Expert committee on the assessment of the risks related to physical agents, new technologies and development areas.
Assessment of risks linked to environments
- Expert committee on the assessment of the risks related to air environments,
- Expert Committee on water.
The range of expertise sought by the Agency covers the following areas: bacteriology, biology, biotechnology, chemistry, environmental fate, economy, epidemiology, medicine, analysis methods, metrology, occupational environments, parasitology, physical chemistry, physics, sociology, toxicology, virology, etc.