Expert Committee on Pesticide Residues in Food (PRiF)

The Expert Committee on Pesticide Residues in Food (PRiF) provides independent advice to the government on the monitoring of pesticide residues in food.

The Expert Committee on Pesticide Residues in Food (PRiF) provides independent advice to the government on the monitoring of pesticide residues in food.

Specifically, the role of the committee is to work closely with the Health and Safety Executive’s Chemicals Regulation Division and the Food Standards Agency, to provide independent advice to UK Ministers on:

  • the planning of surveillance programmes for pesticide residues in the UK food supply
  • the evaluation of the results
  • procedures for sampling, sample processing and new methods of analysis

In carrying out its role, the Committee will:

  • make its findings and recommendations available to Government, consumers and the food and farming industries in a way which aims to be comprehensive, understandable and timely
  • report to Defra’s Chief Scientific Adviser
  • operate in line with the Government’s Principles for Scientific Advice and the Code of Practice for Scientific Advisory Committees

The Secretariat is provided by the Health and Safety Executive.

All committee papers from before October 2015 are available on the National Archives website.

Recruitment

The committee is looking for a new member, from November 2018, to provide scientific advice on the safe and effective use of pesticides and other pest control methods, with expertise specifically in the following areas:

  • expert on Supply to UK food retailing - expertise on the produce and food grocery supply chain from producer to retailer, including overseas imports and ideally including foods other than fresh produce.

Applicants will need to be able to demonstrate their ability to contribute to detailed technical discussions, and should have considerable experience and have gained recognition within the scientific community.

Please contact us to get an information pack and application form if you are interested in serving and have the necessary qualifications and experience: committee.recruitment@hse.gov.uk or by post to Committee Recruitment, Chemicals Regulation Division, Ground Floor, Mallard House, 3 Peasholme Green, York, YO1 7PX (telephone 0203 028 1141).

Applications must be submitted by 12.00 noon on Friday, 14 September 2018.

Terms of Reference

The PRiF terms of reference (PDF, 96KB, 2 pages) are set by ministers.

Membership

The committee currently consists of the following members:

  • Dr Paul Brantom (Chairman) - Independent consultant in toxicological risk assessments for national and international organisations
  • Dr Johnathan Blackman - Horticultural technical manager at H L Hutchinson Ltd
  • Ann Davison - Co-founder of Fairtrade Foundation, set up and served on Transatlantic Consumers Dialogue
  • Stuart Freeman - Toxicology consultant with specific toxicological expertise on safety issues and regulatory requirements for pharmaceutical and consumer products
  • Katie Knaggs - Grower Development Manager at International Produce Ltd (IPL)
  • John Points – Consultant providing advice to food retailers and producers on chemical risk assessment, analytical testing and the interpretation of results
  • Dr Glenis Wedzicha - Member of the board of trustees of the North Yorkshire East Federation of Womens’ Institutes as Science Coordinator as well as a being a member of the sub-committee on Public Affairs

Full details can be found in our PRiF members' biographies and declarations of interests (PDF, 102KB, 4 pages) .

Results of monitoring programme

The government regularly publishes the results of the monitoring of UK grown and imported food to check for any pesticide residues. These monitoring results are reviewed by the committee.

Meetings

Meetings are generally closed to the public. We aim to publish the agenda shortly before each meeting, and we publish minutes of meetings alongside the quarterly report that was discussed at the meeting.

We plan to hold the following meetings in 2018:

  • 24 January
  • 9 May
  • 11 July
  • 10 October

Minutes and papers

All committee papers from before October 2015 are available on the National Archives website.

Annual report

We publish an annual report summarising the work of the committee:

Contact details

prif@hse.gov.uk