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.

Code of Practice and Terms of Reference

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

ECP Business management group (BMG)

The Business Management Group (BMG) is comprised of a small number of ECP Members and other government representatives. It reviews and organises the casework being submitted to the committee, ensuring appropriate expertise is brought to bear and that advice is provided with within the relevant timelines.

Committee members

The committee consists of 16 experts within the field.

  • Professor William Cushley - Chair
  • Professor Rod Blackshaw - Deputy Chair
  • Ms Helen Chambers
  • Mr James Clarke
  • Mr Mark Dempsey
  • Professor Michael Eddleston
  • Dr James Garratt
  • Mr Martin Glynn
  • Dr Caroline Harris
  • Professor Edward Lock
  • Dr Ruth Mann
  • Dr Martin Rose
  • Mr Patrick Stephenson
  • Professor David Spurgeon
  • Professor Mick Whelan
  • Professor Matthew Wright
  • Dr Ioanna Katsiadaki

Full details, including biographies are in our ECP members (PDF, 126 KB, 6 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.

Meeting dates:

  • 8 March 2022
  • 7 June 2022
  • 19 July 2022
  • 20 September 2022
  • 22 November 2022

Minutes and papers

Earlier meeting notes are available on the National Archives

Advice to ministers

ECP advice resulting from matters considered at committee meetings are annexed to ECP Minutes. The advice notes below from 2020 were not published at the time due to the need for urgent consideration outside of the programme of meetings. In order to ensure transparency these have now been published. In future, advice provided outside of regular programme of meetings will be published as an annex to the following meetings minutes.

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

Annual report

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


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