Published: 19 October 2021  (Updated: 19 October 2021)

Recruitment for Defra's Hazardous Substances Committee

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) is recruiting new committee members for the Hazardous Substances Advisory Committee (HSAC), a non-statutory, independent scientific advisory body.   

HSAC provides expert advice on how to protect the environment, and human health via the environment, from potentially hazardous substances, articles and wastes, including nanomaterials.

HSAC plays a vital role in assisting Defra in identifying, analysing, assuring and challenging the evidence used in policymaking. The HSAC advises Defra on a broad range of topics, what constitutes ‘good’ evidence, contentious chemicals, prioritising the key chemical issues for the UK, defining evidence gaps and scoping exploratory work on emerging challenges.

Full recruitment details and application forms may be found here.  Candidates will need to be internationally recognised experts in one of the following fields:

  • environmental economics
  • environmental social science
  • ecotoxicology
  • green and sustainable chemistry
  • chemical risk assessment
  • environmental chemistry and fate
  • chemicals in products and life cycle assessment
  • plastics and microplastics, human health impacts
  • hazardous waste management and the chemical-product-waste interface.

To learn more about these roles, Defra is hosting a live webinar on Monday 25 October from 14:00 to 15:00.  The link to register is available here.

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