Expert Committee on Pesticides - Member

Body: Expert Committee on Pesticides (ECP)
Appointing Department: Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs
Sector: Environment, Food & Rural Affairs
Location: York
Number of Vacancies: 2
Remuneration: £300 attendance fee and £150 preparation fee + expenses
Time Requirements: Six two-day meetings and one one-day meeting

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    04/09/2020 at 12:00

  • Panel Sift

    Week commencing 7 September 2020

  • Final Interview Date

    End of September 2020

  • Announcement



Assessment Panel

  • Gabrielle Edwards Added 24/06/2020

    Panel Chair

    Deputy Director, Chemicals, Pesticides and Hazardous Waste • Departmental Official

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  • HSE Specialist Added 24/06/2020

    Panel Chair

    Chemistry and Dietary Exposure specialist • Independent Member

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  • Prof Bill Cushley Added 24/06/2020

    Chair of Expert Committee on Pesticides • Representative of Organisation

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  • Professor Rod Blackshaw Added 24/06/2020

    Deputy Chair of Expert Committee on Pesticides • Representative of Organisation

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Vacancy Description

ECP Chemistry and Dietary Exposure Member (Two posts) Ref: ECP 01/2020

Candidates are required to have evidence for one or more of the scientific essential criteria to apply. The posts will be filled with candidates whose expertise compliment each other from the below essential criteria.

Person Specification

Scientific essential criteria

• Considerable scientific or other relevant expertise in metabolism of pesticides in plants and livestock, pesticide residues, and have gained recognition in the scientific or other relevant community in that field.

• Expertise in the assessment of dietary exposure in humans, with experience of relevant studies and their interpretation.

• Analytical methods. Including knowledge of the full range of methods used for the determination of active substances and their residues and an understanding of the direction of the future development of methods.

• Chemical structures and nomenclature. Including; chemical groups, definitions and chemical synthesis pathways.

• Physical and chemical properties of active substances and products. Including the range of tests used and the standard methods employed (e.g. CIPAC, ISO, ASTM)

Desirable Criteria:

• An understanding of the regulation of chemicals in the UK and internationally, including the legislative requirements and associated guidance pertaining to the chemistry area.

• Knowledge of risk assessment and risk management procedures relevant to human exposures to chemicals is particularly relevant.

• Knowledge of Maximum Residue Levels in food and feed, including the methods of calculation, the underpinning legislation and their importance for trade.

• Be familiar with legislative requirements and the various supporting guidance documents and regulatory exposure models that underpin the assessment of dietary exposure in humans.

Additional Information

Meetings are usually held at the Defra offices in York, however some meetings may be held elsewhere in the UK.

Due to current circumstances, interviews are likely to be held virtually.

How to Apply

Email for an information pack which includes the following which all candidates are required to complete:

• Monitoring form 1 (Political Activity and Conflict of Interest Questionnaire)

• Monitoring form 2 (Diversity Monitoring Questionnaire)

• Further details and requirements for of each of the roles.

• Guidance notes

Candidates should submit their CV with education, professional qualifications and employment history and the names and contact details for two referees, together with their statement of suitability.

The statement of suitability should give evidence of the strength and depth of your ability to meet the essential criteria for this role. Please provide specific examples to demonstrate how you meet each of the criteria (max two pages please).

Your CV and statement should be returned to the following address by the closing date: 12.00 (midday) on Friday 4 September 2020. Email to quoting the reference of the vacancy applying for.

For further information please email:

1_Monitoring form 1 (Political Activity and CoI Questionnaire)
2_Monitoring form 2 (Diversity questionnaire)

This post is NOT regulated by The Commissioner for Public Appointments.

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