Body: Committee on Mutagenicity of Chemicals in Food, Consumer Products and the Environment (COM) A16-02
Appointing Department: Department of Health and Social Care
Sector: Health and Social Care
Location: London
Number of Vacancies: 2
Remuneration: There is no remuneration for these posts. Expenses may be claimed in line with COM expenses policy.
Time Requirements: Usually 3 meetings per year


An announcement has been made on the outcome of this appointment.

Committee on Mutagenicity of Chemicals in Food, Consumer Products and the Environment (COM)

Professor Helga Drummond and Dr Andrew Povey have been appointed as Members of the Committee on Mutagenicity of Chemicals in Food, Consumer Products and the Environment (COM) for three years from 1 January 2017.

The appointments will involve a time commitment of around 3 days per year. The roles are not remunerated but members are entitled to allowances for travel and subsistence at rates set by COM in line with current government policy.

These appointments are made in accordance with the Code of Practice for Ministerial Appointments to Public Bodies, issued by the Commissioner for Public Appointments. The appointments are made on merit and political activity played no part in the decision process. However, in accordance with the original Nolan recommendations, there is a requirement for appointees’ political activity (if any declared) to be made public. Neither has declared any political activity.

Professor Drummond is also an Independent Member of the Defence Scientific Advisory Committee (DSAC) of the Ministry of Defence.

Date: 21/04/2017

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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    30/06/2016 at 12:00

  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement

    21/04/2017 at 13:00

Vacancy Description

COM provides Independent advice to Government departments and agencies on matters concerning the potential mutagenicity of chemicals, from natural products to new synthetic chemicals used in pesticides or pharmaceuticals.

The Secretary of State for Health is seeking to appoint 2 Members 1 Expert and 1 Lay.


Person Specification

Expert members

All applicants must have a track record of achievement in one or more of the following fields:


  • Genetic toxicology: applicants must have experience in the conduct and interpretation of in silico methods, and in vitro, and in vivo tests. An interest in molecular epidemiology would also be of value.


  • Carcinogenesis: applicants should be able to demonstrate an interest in cancer risk assessment and in the mechanisms of carcinogenesis both genotoxic and non –genotoxic mechanisms.


  • Toxicokinetics and metabolism: applicants should have expertise in interpretation of data on the disposition, metabolism and toxicokinetics of chemicals and low dose effects especially in relation to genotoxicity testing.


  • Computational toxicology and Quantitative Structure Activity Relationships (QSARs): applicants must have expertise in the application of computational toxicology and QSARs and their application to genotoxicity.


  • Epigenetics and trans-generational effects: applicants with expertise in epigenetics with relevance to genotoxicity endpoints.


  • Reproductive or developmental toxicology: applicants with expertise in developmental toxicology and adverse reproductive effects of mutagenic and genotoxic chemicals


Lay Members:


A lay member of this committee will be expected to work effectively with scientific members of the committee to ensure the committee’s advice addresses the concerns of, and can be understood by, the UK population as a whole.


Applicants for the lay member position on COM must have a good track record of communicating scientific issues to a non-technical audience, experience in the assessment and interpretation of data, and strong analytical skills. Applications are particularly sought from those with experience and expertise in working with expert committees.


Essential Criteria


Applicants must possess the expertise to provide independent scrutiny and credible advice on the issues that fall within the remit of the COM.


They must:


  • Be able to provide specific advice independent of government or industry
  • Be a good communicator with sound judgement
  • Be able to demonstrate an ability to contribute to the work of the COM


Desirable Criteria:


They might:

  • Have experience of committee membership
  • Have contributed to national and international fora whose work is within the remit of the COM
  • Be able to offer additional specialist skills (e.g. risk communication to the general public)



Additional Information

If you require an alternative format such as braille, large print or audio please call Viona Pereira-Marron on 0113 254 5845 quoting the reference A16-02

The Department of Health values and promotes diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity for all.


How to Apply

To make an application please send a CV, supporting letter and completed monitoring form (attached) to the address below: quoting the reference in the subject field, or post to: Viona Pereira-Marron, Department of Health, Room 1N09, Quarry House, Quarry Hill, Leeds, LS2 7UE. Applications must state clearly which post you are applying for ie: Lay or Specialist, and should be received by midday on 30 June 2016

7 Information Pack final
9.1 Monitoring form (PA)
10. GIS Form
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