UK Expert Committee on Pesticides (ECP)

The UK Expert Committee on Pesticides (ECP) provides independent, impartial advice to the government on the science relating to pesticides.

The UK Expert Committee on Pesticides (ECP) provides independent, impartial advice to the government on the science relating to pesticides.

The Committee’s Secretariat is provided by the Health and Safety Executive.


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:

  • Fate and behaviour - with expertise in fate and behaviour of chemicals in the environment. Experience in laboratory and/or field studies on fate and behaviour processes in soil, water and air, as well as knowledge of environmental chemistry, soil science and/or hydrology would be desirable

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: or by post to Committee Recruitment, Chemicals Regulation Division, Ground Floor, Mallard House, 3 Peasholme Green, York, YO1 7PX (telephone 0203 028 1222).

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

Code of Practice and Terms of Reference

Our ECP Code of Practice (PDF, 170KB, 12 pages) includes the Terms of Reference set by ministers.


The committee consists of 15 experts within the field.

  • Professor William Cushley - Chair
  • Professor Rod Blackshaw - Deputy Chair
  • Professor Gary Bending
  • Ms Helen Chambers
  • Mr Richard Davis
  • Ms Jennifer Dean
  • Mr Mark Dempsey
  • Dr Martin Hare
  • Professor Tom Hutchinson
  • Professor Edward Lock
  • Professor Damien McElvenny
  • Dr Ruth Mann
  • Dr Chris Morris
  • Professor Richard Shore
  • Professor Andy Smith
  • Dr Claire Stephenson
  • Dr Simon Wilkinson

Full details, including biographies are in our ECP members (PDF, 87.8KB, 2 pages) document.


Meetings are generally closed to the public due to the commercially sensitive nature of the information discussed. The Committee aims to hold an open meeting each year.

We usually publish agendas a few days before each meeting; we normally publish the full minutes after they have been agreed at the following meeting.

2018 meeting dates:

  • 30 January
  • 20 March
  • 21 March: open meeting, Leeds
  • 17 April (if required to deal with applications for emergency authorisations)
  • 15 May
  • 24 July
  • 25 September
  • 27 November

Minutes and papers

  • July 2018 (PDF, 102KB, 2 pages) (agenda)
  • May 2018 (PDF, 167KB, 8 pages) (full minutes)
  • April 2018 (PDF, 148KB, 8 pages) (full minutes)
  • March 2018 (PDF, 203KB, 10 pages) (full minutes)
  • January 2018 (PDF, 174KB, 9 pages) (full minutes)
  • November 2017 (PDF, 209KB, 10 pages) (full minutes)
  • September 2017 (PDF, 151KB, 7 pages) (full minutes)
  • July 2017 (PDF, 170KB, 9 pages) (full minutes)
  • May 2017 (PDF, 152KB, 8 pages) (full minutes)
  • April 2017 (PDF, 164KB, 10 pages) (full minutes)
  • March 2017 (PDF, 175KB, 13 pages) (full minutes)
  • January 2017 (ZIP, 296KB) (agenda, minutes, detailed record)
  • November 2016 (ZIP, 387KB) (agenda, minutes, detailed record)
  • September 2016 (ZIP, 312KB) (agenda, minutes, detailed record)
  • July 2016 (ZIP, 325KB) (agenda, minutes, detailed record)
  • June 2016 (ZIP, 357KB) (agenda, minutes, detailed record)
  • May 2016 (ZIP, 299KB) (agenda, minutes, detailed record)
  • March 2016 (ZIP, 292KB) (agenda, minutes, detailed record)
  • January 2016 (cancelled)
  • November 2015 (ZIP, 280KB) (agenda, minutes, detailed record)
  • September 2015 (ZIP, 292KB) (agenda, minutes, detailed record)

Advice to ministers

We have published the following advice to ministers from ECP, relating to neonicotinioid pesticides:

Earlier ECP advice to ministers is available on the National Archives website:

  • ECP advice on emergency authorisations for Cruiser OSR, Modesto and Lumiposa (May 2015)
  • ECP advice on emergency authorisations for Cruiser OSR and Modesto (July 2015)

Annual report

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

  • the annual report for 2017 was published on 3 May 2018
  • the annual report for 2016 was published on 31 March 2017
  • the annual report was 2015 was published in July 2016


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

All Committee papers from before October 2015 – together with content from the ACP – are available on the National Archives website.

Media enquiries

All media enquiries for the Committee (including individual members) should be sent to Defra’s Press Office or to the ECP Secretariat.

Contact details