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

Body: Committee on Mutagenicity of Chemicals in Food, Consumer Products and the Environment
Appointing Department: Department of Health
Sector: Health
Location: London
Number of Vacancies: 2
Remuneration: No
Time Requirements: There are usually three meetings per year plus members are on occasion asked to comment on papers between meetings.

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    16/10/2019 at 12:00

  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement



Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

Ministers are seeking to make two appointments to the Committee on Mutagenicity of Chemicals in Food, Consumer Products and the Environment: one Lay Member and one Expert Member.

Role and Responsibilities of a Member

COM is an important committee reporting to the Chief Medical Officer, and the Chair of the Food Standards Agency on all aspects of mutagenic risks to humans from exposure to chemicals in food, consumer products and the environment (see terms of reference).  As a specialist in genetic toxicology or related area with a particular expertise in the role of mutations in cancer studies, members will:

  • Contribute to discussions of the Committee working alongside recognised experts who assess other aspects of the detailed technical data on genotoxins under consideration (e.g. mode of action/mechanism studies, traditional and novel toxicity testing strategies, statistics).
  • Are expected to contribute to the Committee’s discussions and to the consideration of detailed statements and conclusions from the Committee.
  • May be asked to contribute to other discussions (such as in working groups) or to draft text within your specialism if the need arises.

The Department of Health and Social Care values and promotes diversity and encourages applications from all sections of the community. The boards of public bodies should reflect the population they are there to serve. Boards also benefit from fresh perspectives, and we are always keen to encourage candidates with private sector experience to consider applying for our roles.

Person Specification

To be considered, you must be able to demonstrate that you have the qualities, skills and experience to meet all the essential criteria for appointment.

Lay and Expert Member

All applicants must possess the expertise to provide independent scrutiny and credible advice on the issues that fall within the remit of COM and 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 COM
  • Have some experience of committee membership
  • Have contributed to national or international fora whose work is within the remit of COM

Expert member

In addition, for the expert member role applicants must 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 of expertise:

  • Regulatory aspects of genotoxicology
  • The development of novel in vitro (non-animal) methods for the assessment of genotoxic risks from chemicals
  • Expertise in reproductive toxicology
  • Expertise in epigenetics

We will consider candidates with track records in related areas.

Additional Information

The Committee on Mutagenicity of Chemicals in Food, Consumer Products and the Environment (COM) advises government on the mutagenicity of chemicals used in pesticides, pharmaceuticals and other products.

COM 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.

COM is an advisory body and has no regulatory status. However, it may provide advice to agencies that have a regulatory role.

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