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.

Terms of Reference

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

Membership

The committee currently consists of the following members:

  • Ann Davison (Chair) - Co-founder of Fairtrade Foundation, set up and served on Transatlantic Consumers Dialogue
  • Dr Jonathan Blackman - Horticultural technical manager at H L Hutchinson Ltd
  • Ian Finlayson – Consultant on food safety, sustainability and ethical production
  • John Points – Consultant providing advice to food retailers and producers on chemical risk assessment, analytical testing and the interpretation of results
  • Dr Gill Hart - Gill is a public interest member of the committee, a biochemist with expertise in consumer-led communications, focussing on making scientific information more accessible and comprehensible to the general public
  • Debbie Winstanley - Debbie is a public interest member of the committee, an agronomist with commercial experience in the UK food supply chain and who works with charities supporting good farming practice and biodiversity

Full details can be found in our PRiF members' biographies and declarations of interests (PDF, 152 KB, 6 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.

Minutes and papers

Earlier committee papers 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