Join our Scientific Advisory Committees

The Food Standards Agency Chair, Heather Hancock, and the Chief Scientific Adviser, Professor Guy Poppy, are inviting applications from science experts to join independent Scientific Advisory Committees including three new joint expert groups.
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The work of the independent committees that advise us helps to ensure that our advice to consumers is always based on the best and most recent scientific evidence. Learn more about the work the of the Scientific Advisory Committees (SACs) and hear from a current member, Dr Camilla Alexander-White.

About the role

We are looking for committed, highly capable and motivated science experts to provide independent advice, helping to ensure food produced or sold in the UK is safe and effectively regulated.

You will provide independent expert assessment and advice on microbiological, chemical and other risks in food and feed, and in new food and feed products, additives, processes and packaging. Your work will contribute directly to ensuring the safety of food, benefiting UK consumers and the effective, evidence-based regulation of food.

We are looking for approximately 40 new members to join our existing committees and new joint expert groups. 

New members will increase the depth and range of expertise in three existing committees:

A number of these roles will focus on assessment of risk in relation to applications for new regulated products, working in three new joint expert groups.

  • Food Contact Materials – a joint group of COT and ACMSF
  • Additives, Enzymes and Other Regulated Products – a joint group of COT and ACMSF
  • Animal Feed and Feed Additives – a joint group of COT, ACMSF and the Advisory Committee on Animal Feedingstuffs (ACAF)

Appointments to the SACs are made strictly on merit by a fair and open process in accordance with the Commissioner for Public Appointments’ Code of Practice, taking account of equality and diversity.

Committee members are not employed by FSA and appointments are not salaried, but members will receive fees for attendance and preparation, as well as reasonable expenses.

Candidates will be required to declare any interests that may be relevant to the posts and interests of appointed members will be published. 

How to apply

If you are interested in being considered for committee membership, download the information pack and application forms.

The closing date for receipt of completed applications is: 23.59pm Friday 4 January 2019

Please return completed application forms to

Interviews for shortlisted applicants will take place in February.