Updated on 21/02/2017
Call for applications from scientists to join expert committees and working groups on health risks related to work and the environment
From 01/02/2017 to 31/03/2017
The French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety (ANSES) was created on 1 July 2010.
In its sphere of competence, the Agency’s mission, according to Article L. 1313-1 of the French Public Health Code, is to conduct health risk assessments and provide the competent authorities, and more generally all stakeholders from civil society, with any information about these risks as well as the scientific and technical expertise necessary to draft legislative and statutory provisions and implement risk management strategies.
Appraisals are conducted according to the principles laid down in Article L. 1452-1 of the French Public Health Code, whereby it is stipulated that they must be impartial, transparent, collective and adversarial.
The Agency may receive requests for expert appraisal from its supervisory government ministries or from other ministries, public authorities, nationally approved associations for environmental protection, health quality, patient care and consumer protection, as well as associations providing assistance to victims of occupational hazards or diseases represented on the board of the French Asbestos Victims Compensation Fund, and also labour unions, and professional or inter-professional bodies.
The Agency can also issue formal internal requests.
ANSES thus systematically implements collective expert appraisal for every health risk it investigates. To do this, it appoints independent experts in a personal capacity (intuitu personae) to Expert Committees (CESs), Working Groups (WGs) and Emergency Collective Expert Appraisal Groups (GECUs). Within this framework, the Agency takes measures to forestall and manage any potential conflicts of interest relating to the topics to be addressed.
ANSES is issuing a call for applications from scientific experts in the different areas of health risk related to the environment and the workplace, firstly to renew its Specialised Expert Committees (CESs) and to form several Working Groups (WGs) and secondly to draw up a list of experts available for ad hoc work.
You are hereby invited to participate actively in the Agency’s expert appraisals in the fields of environmental health and occupational health and safety, which involves discussing issues within a group of scientists from a range of different disciplines.
The purpose of this call for applications, which will remain open from 1 February to 31 March 2017, is to set up the expert committees and working groups to enable the Agency to assess occupational and environmental health risks. These expert groups have a three-year mandate and meet once a month, on average. Please note that all sessions will be conducted in French only.
Eight CESs for the assessment of chemical risks
- an Expert Committee on "Chemicals covered by the REACh and CLP Regulations" (CES REACH),
- an Expert Committee on "Assessment of chemical risks related to consumer items and products" (CES CONSO),
- an Expert Committee on “Health reference values” (CES VR),
- a Working Group (GT) on “Biomarkers of Exposure” (GT IBE),
- a Working Group on “Metrology” (GT METRO),
- a Working Group on “Endocrine Disruptors” (GT PE),
- a Working Group on “Tobacco” (GT TABAC),
- a Working Group on “Vigilance regarding chemicals” (GT VPC),
Three CESs for the assessment of risks related to different environments
- an Expert Committee on "Assessment of the risks related to air environments" (CES AIR),
- an Expert Committee on “Water” (CES EAUX),
- a Working Group on “Assessment of the health risks related to the chemical parameters of water intended for human consumption” (GT ERS EDCH),
One CES for the assessment of physical risks
- an Expert Committee on “Assessment of the risks related to physical agents, new technologies and development areas” (CES AP),
Professional qualifications required
The professional qualifications sought by the Agency for its Expert Groups cover a very broad range of disciplines, such as toxicology, chemistry, biochemistry, microbiology, endocrinology, ecotoxicology, metrology, epidemiology, exposure assessment, 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 and social sciences.
Scientists interested in these fields who consider that they would not have sufficient time to be a member of a CES or a working group but who would prefer to work on an ad hoc basis are invited to register as qualified individuals
How to apply
You can find all the necessary information on the call for applications and the professional qualitifications sought via the links at the bottom of the page.
The final submittal date for applications is 31 March 2017. Please visit http://expertise.anses.fr
Candidates may also send a curriculum vitae in any form, including a list of their scientific achievements and publications.
Candidates may apply to join several CESs and/or GTs, but should specify an order of preference.
For any further information, please send your questions by email to the following address: candidatures.CES-GTfirstname.lastname@example.org
Find out more
You can find documents explaining how expert appraisals are carried out at ANSES via the following links:
- Learn all about "The ethical framework" at ANSES (Ethics code for expert appraisals at ANSES/Fundamental principles and key points for collective appraisals at ANSES/Expert appraisals at ANSES: Rules for responsibility as applied to expert assessments)
- Learn all about “Conducting expert appraisals” at ANSES
- Experts' fees at ANSES (pdf)
- Criteria and procedures for the appointment of ANSES experts after calls for applications (pdf)
- Expert assessment at ANSES: Rules for responsibility as applied to expert assessments (pdf)