Member of the Committee on Mutagenicity of Chemicals in Food, Consumer Products and the Environment (COM) VAC-1740

Body: Member of the Committee on Mutagenicity of Chemicals in Food, Consumer Products and the Environment
Appointing Department: Department of Health
Sector: Health
Location: London
Number of Vacancies: 5
Remuneration: No
Time Requirements: The role involves a time commitment of three days per year

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched

    13/01/2022

  • Closed for Applications

    03/02/2022 at 12:00

  • Panel Sift

    03/03/2022

  • Final Interview Date

    29/03/2022

  • Announcement

    TBC

Vacancy Description

Ministers are seeking to appoint 5 members to the board of the Committee on Mutagenicity of Chemicals in Food, Consumer Products and the Environment (COM).

COM provides independent advice to government departments and agencies on the potential mutagenicity and genotoxicity of chemicals. It also advises on strategies and research for genotoxicity testing. The committee reports to the Chief Medical Officer, and the Chair of the Food Standards Agency on all aspects of mutagenic risks to man from exposure to chemicals in food, consumer products and the environment.

Person Specification

Applicants must be able to provide credible advice independent of government or industry. You will be a good communicator with sound judgement and be able to demonstrate an ability to contribute to the work of the committee.

You must also be able to demonstrate an understanding of committee membership and the role of COM, with the ability to provide independent scrutiny on the issues that fall within the remit of COM.

Applicants will have a sound understanding of a field of genotoxicity and be able to show a track record of achievement in one or more of the following areas:

  • Regulatory aspects of genotoxicology- Development of novel in vitro (non-animal) methods for the assessment of genotoxic risks from chemicals
  • Development and understanding of the application of New Approach Methods to genotoxicity testing and application to chemical regulation
  • Expertise in reproductive toxicology
  • Expertise in epigenetics
  • The application of quantitative structural activity relationships to genotoxicity.

Additional Information

COM advises government on the mutagenicity of chemicals used in pesticides, pharmaceuticals and other products.

The committee provides independent advice to government departments and agencies on the potential mutagenicity and genotoxicity of chemicals (whether they are likely to cause mutation in cells), from natural products to new synthetic chemicals used in pesticides or pharmaceuticals. It also advises on strategies and research for genotoxicity testing.

The committee also advises on important general hazards (the inherent property of the substance) or risk (the likelihood of mutagenetic or genotoxic effects occurring after a given exposure) and gives recommendations for genotoxicity testing.

For further information about COM and the role of member please see the candidate information pack.

 

How to Apply

Thank you for your interest in the appointment of a Member to COM.

The Department of Health and Social Care’s Appointments and Honours Unit is managing this recruitment campaign.

To make an application please email your CV, a Supporting letter and completed Monitoring form to appointments.team@dhsc.gov.uk – please quote ref: VAC-1740 in the subject field.

If you are unable to apply by email, please contact Qasher Mahmood on 0207 972 3085.

Applications must be received by midday on Thursday, 03 February 2022.

 

Attachments
Candidate info pack FINAL
14.ab_Monitoring_form_2021_OCPA
14.ab_Monitoring_form_OCPA
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