The UK’s Expert Committee on Pesticides (ECP) is looking to appoint new members, as well as a new chair.

The committee is currently seeking members to fill “high profile” roles covering issues facing the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

The ECP is seeking members with expertise in the following areas:

  • Ecotoxicology;
  • Toxicology;
  • Dietary exposure and residues;
  • Biopesticide.

Applications must be received before the closing deadline of 12.00pm on June 16, 2023.

The chair will receive £400 /day on committee or expert group business plus £150 preparation fee. Members of ECP biopesticide cloud will receive £300/day on committee or expert group business plus £150 preparation fee.

Members under ECP Residues in Food group (PRiF) will receive £146/day on committee or expert group business.

The ECP provides independent advice to the government on the science relating to pesticides and its secretariat is provided by the HSE.

It is a successor body to the Advisory Committee on Pesticides (ACP), which was abolished in March of 2015, after the coming into force of The Public Bodies (Abolition of the Advisory Committee on Pesticides) Order 2015.

The ECP publishes an annual report summarising the work of the committee in relation to matters on the approval, authorisations and use of Plant Protection Products (PPPs).


Committee meetings are generally closed to the public due to the “commercially sensitive nature” of the information disclosed, the ECP said.

However, the committee aims to hold an open meeting each year.

The ECP publishes agendas a few days before each meeting and will normally publish the full minutes after they have been agreed at the following meeting.

ECP advice resulting from matters considered at committee meetings are annexed to ECP minutes.