REACH Independent Scientific Expert Pool (RISEP)

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  • National
  • Jun 26, 2023

Experts in chemical risk assessment and socioeconomic analysis are invited to join our new

REACH Independent Scientific Expert Pool (RISEP).

The work of the RISEP experts that advise the Agency will help to ensure that its advice to the UK Government and Devolved Administrations is always based on the best and most recent scientific evidence. RISEP is being established as a multidisciplinary pool of individual experts in chemical risk assessment and socioeconomic analysis to support the UK Agency in developing its scientific opinions by providing independent challenge, as well as supplementary experience, knowledge and skills. This is an exciting opportunity to be actively involved in the provision of scientific advice and expertise in the regulation and management of chemicals under the new UK regime – UK REACH.

About the role

We are seeking highly capable and motivated scientific and technical experts to provide independent advice, challenge and peer review in the formation of opinions by the UK Agency.

You will provide independent expert advice and scrutiny related to the hazards and risks of substances to human health and the environment, as well as the socioeconomic impact of possible regulatory action on chemicals. Your work will contribute directly to ensuring a high level of protection of human health and the environment, through effective, evidence-based regulation of chemicals.

Together with scientific experts from the Health and Safety Executive and other government agencies, experts from RISEP will help to prepare and review the scientific opinions of the UK Agency on Applications for Authorisation, as well as proposals for Restriction of substances.

We are seeking a number of experts to join our new REACH Independent Scientific Expert Pool.

Experts are required from the following scientific fields:

  • Environmental risk assessment;
  • Human health toxicology;
  • Human health exposure and control;
  • Chemistry/regulatory science;
  • Economics/impact assessment.

Appointments to RISEP are made strictly on merit by a fair and open process, taking account of equality and diversity.

Experts from RISEP are entitled to claim daily fees (£400 per day) for the time they spend on RISEP business. This covers any work undertaken, including preparation and attendance at meetings. All fees paid are taxable. Reasonable travel and subsistence costs are separately reimbursed on presentation of receipts, in accordance with HSE’s normal rules, up to a specified limit.

Candidates will be required to declare any interests that may be relevant to the work of RISEP, as well as political activities. Interests of appointed experts, along with their names will be published.

How to apply

If you are interested in being considered for appointment to RISEP, download the information pack which contains further information on the role, selection criteria and how to apply, at the following link: RISEP Information pack

The deadline for receipt of completed applications is midnight 21st June 2023.

Please return your CV, supporting letter and any forms requested in the application pack to

Interviews for shortlisted applicants will take place in July2023 via videoconference. Candidates will be asked to elaborate on the qualities and experience specified in their application that demonstrate their suitability for appointment to the pool.