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       EU Policies 27/03/2009
EC scientific advisory committees on consumer, health and environmental risk

On 26 and 27 March 2009, the European Commission Scientific Committees held their inaugural plenary sessions. In their opening meeting, the 3 Committees elected three Chairs and six Vice Chairs.


Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety

Chair:                Dr Ian R. White

Vice Chairs:      Professors Vera Rogiers and Tore Sanner


Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks (SCENIHR)

Chair:                Professor James Wilfrid Bridges

Vice Chairs:      Professor Philippe Hartemann and Dr Wim De Jong


Scientific Committee on Health and Environmental Risks (SCHER)

Chair:                Professor Helmut Greim

Vice Chairs:      Professor H. Autrup and Dr Jose V. Tarazona



In welcoming the Committees, Robert Madelin, Director General of the Health and Consumers Directorate General said "The role of independent scientific advice bodies for the EU decision making process is well established. Sound science is vital for providing policy makers with information to ensure the high level of health and environmental protection that European citizens expect from the EU institutions. Maintaining the highest quality and effectiveness is a permanent challenge. These committees provide advice on scientifically difficult and politically sensitive issues."


Each Scientific Committee has 17 independent scientists as members. If necessary, they can associate up to five members from a Pool of 190 scientific advisors, in order to provide specific expertise.


To consult the Commission Decision 2009/146/EC of 19/02/09 on the appointment of the members and advisors of the Scientific Committees and the Pool set up by Decision 2008/721/EC, please see: 


For more information on the work of the Scientific Committees, please see:  

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