Updated on 26/07/2013
Call for applications: Scientific Board of the French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety
From 13/05/2013 to 04/08/2013
The French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety (ANSES) launches a call for applications for the renewal of its Scientific Board's council of qualified scientific figures (twenty- four members).
Missions of the Scientific Board
ANSES's Scientific Board is governed by Articles L. 1313-6, R. 1313-24, R. 1313-25 and R. 1313-27 of the French Public Health Code and by the Agency's internal rules and procedures.
The Scientific Board ensures the high quality and consistency of the Agency's scientific work.
The missions of the Scientific Board are the following:
- Issue an opinion on the Agency's research and expertise orientations as well as on its scientific partnership and programming policy;
- Assist ANSES management in the preparation of the call for proposals procedure;
- Validate and supervise the Agency's research assessment process and provide management with recommendations based on the results obtained;
- Issue an opinion on the list, operating guidelines, appointments of members of specialised scientific commissions, and researcher assessment bodies of the Agency;
- Issue an opinion on the composition of the eligibility and admission juries for the competitive examinations for the Agency's research scientists and research directors, and more generally on the questions surrounding their functions in application of the special status of the Agency's research personnel;
- Issue an opinion on the composition of Expert Committees and the conditions for the organisation of collective expertise initiatives;
- Issue an opinion on research programmes and scientific and technical support programmes.
It assists the Agency in its role as contributor to the defining of national and European research policies. It can issue recommendations on any scientific or technical issue which falls within the Agency's sphere of competence. These recommendations are sent to the Director General and to the Chairman of the Board of Directors.
The newly composed Scientific Board will begin work in the fourth quarter of 2013.
Composition and duration of the mandate
The Scientific Board is composed of:
Two ex officio members:
- The Chairman of the Scientific Board of the French National Agency for Medicines and Health Products Safety (ANSM) or their proxy;
- The Chairman of the Scientific Board of the French Institute for Public Health Surveillance (INVS) or their proxy;
- Three advisory members appointed from among the scientific staff of the Agency by their peers for a renewable term of three years in accordance with the conditions set by the internal rules and procedures;
- Twenty-four members, appointed for a renewable three-year term by Order of the Ministries of agriculture, consumer affairs, the environment, research, health and labour, further to proposals by the Director General, and selected from among leading scientific figures specialised in the Agency's sphere of competence.
The Chairman of the Scientific Board is appointed from among the members of the Board who are also part of its council of qualified scientific figures, through an Order by the Ministries of agriculture, consumer affairs, the environment, health and labour, following an opinion issued by the Scientific Board.
A Vice-Chairman is elected from among the competent leading scientific figures having submitted their candidature during the Board's inaugural session.
Work process and workload
The Scientific Board convenes at least twice a year. In practice, the Scientific Board convenes for three or four one-day sessions per year.
Between Board sessions, a "Scientific Council" made up of the Chairman, Vice-Chairman and at least four other co-opted members of the Scientific Board hold conference calls to examine the projects to be brought before the Board.
The Chairman of the Scientific Board attends the sessions of the Board of Administration in an advisory capacity.
The Chairman of the Scientific Board or their proxy is an ex officio member of the Scientific Board of the French Institute for Public Health Surveillance (INVS).
The Deputy Direct General for Scientific Affairs acts as the link between the Agency and the Scientific Board.
The Scientific Board's secretariat is provided by the Agency.
The members of the Scientific Board who are also members of its Council of qualified scientific figures may receive compensation for their participation in the Scientific Board meetings as well as for their work, reports and studies for the Agency, in accordance with the conditions set by the Board of Administration.
The members of the Scientific Board have the right to compensation for their travel and accommodation expenses, in accordance with the conditions set for civilian government employees.
Required competencies and profiles
Within the framework of the five major disciplines handled by ANSES:
- food and nutrition,
- environmental health,
- occupational health
- animal health and well-being, animal feed and veterinary medicinal products,
- plant health.protection,
the following discipline-related competencies are sought (non-exhaustive list):
- medical doctors,
- economists, etc.
professional experience in the following domains are particularly sought after (non-exhaustive list):
- research activities to support public policy making,
- collective expertise activities in the area of public health,
- institutional scientific strategy, forward planning,
- assessment of teams or research programmes,
- participation in surveillance, monitoring or alert systems,
- descriptive or analytic epidemiology, production of epidemiological studies and data analyses,
- research on risk perception and communication,
- reference activities and scientific and technical expertise activities in the areas of food safety and animal health.
Application submission procedure
Applications must be submitted by July 15 2013 at the latest on the website dedicated to applications for ANSES expertise work ( http://expertise.anses.fr).
The following information must be provided on the 3-page on-line application:
- personal data
- curriculum vitae (CV)*,
- public declaration of interests.
* The CV page contains an "Attached file" section which accepts a single file in PDF-format. Applicants are requested to include an outline of their articles and studies as well as any other relevant information for their application.
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Find out all about ANSES's "Ethical framework" (Code of ethical standards for ANSES expert assessments / Basic principles and key points for expertise specific to ANSES / Expert assessment at ANSES: Application of responsibility rules for expertise).
ANSES's missions and activities
(articles L.1313-1 and R.1313-1 of the Public Health Code)
ANSES is a public authority reporting to the Ministries of Agriculture, Consumer Affairs, the Environment, Health and Labour. It undertakes independent and pluralistic scientific expertise.
It contributes mainly to ensuring human health and safety with regard to the environment, the workplace and food.
It also contributes to the protection of:
- the health and welfare of animals;
- the protection of plant health;
- the evaluation of the nutritional and functional characteristics of food;
It performs missions regarding veterinary medicinal products under the conditions provided for in Title IV of Book I of Section Five the Public Health Code.
In its sphere of competence, ANSES's mission is to conduct risk assessment, to provide the relevant authorities with all the information on these risks and the expert assessment and scientific and technical support necessary for the drafting of laws and regulations and the implementation of risk management measures. It conducts monitoring, vigilance and reference missions. It defines, implements and funds, as necessary, scientific and technical research programmes.
It proposes measures to the competent authorities for the protection of public health. When public health is threatened by a serious hazard, it provides the authorities with recommendations for the necessary health measures to be undertaken.
It participates in work undertaken by European and international bodies, and represents France at the request of the Government.
To fulfil its missions, the Agency:
- organises expertise in its sphere of competence, relying in particular on the Expert Committees (CES);
- sets up a network of organisations and coordinates their work in order to assess the health risk in its sphere of competence;
- contributes to information, training, dissemination of scientific and technical literature, and public debate, which it stimulates and encourages;
- helps shape national and EU research policies in its spheres of competence,
- creates scientific and technical databases in its spheres of competence or helps others create them;
- sets up nutritional vigilance systems and participates in the toxicant monitoring system mentioned in article L. 1341-2;
- sets up observatories as needed on the products and processes falling within its sphere of competence, as well as on their use and dissemination;
- engages in national reference laboratory activities within its sphere of competence;
- provides the competent authorities with the expertise and scientific and technical support necessary for the evaluation of biocidal and chemical substances and products, as well as plant protection products, additives, fertilisers and growing media in application of the provisions of Title V of Book II of the French Rural Code.
The Agency is informed by the competent ministries concerning the health control and surveillance programmes implemented and may request access to the results of inspections and monitoring checks highlighting a risk which falls within its sphere of competence.
Please note that the sessions of the expert working groups, committees and Board will be held exclusively in French. While foreign scientists do not need to be fluent speakers of French, and their contributions may be in English (written and oral during meetings), participation requires a good passive knowledge of both written and oral French.
For more information:
In French only > consulter les documents de référence sur la conduite de l´expertise à l´Anses:
- Tout savoir sur "Le cadre déontologique" à l'Anses (Code de déontologie de l’expertise de l'Anses / Principes fondamentaux et points clés de l'expertise collective à l´Anses / L'expertise à l’Anses : Règles de responsabilité appliquées à l’expertise)
- Tout savoir sur "La conduite de l´expertise" à l´Anses
- Rémunération des experts de l’Anses (pdf)
- Critères et procédure de nomination des experts de l´Anses suite à un appel à candidature (pdf)
- L'expertise à l'Anses : Règles de responsabilité appliquées à l'expertise (pdf)