About us

The Committee on Mutagenicity of Chemicals in Food, Consumer Products and the Environment (COM) advises government on the mutagenicity of chemicals used in pesticides, pharmaceuticals and other products.

COM provides independent advice to government departments and agencies on the potential mutagenicity and genotoxicity of chemicals (whether they are likely to cause mutation in cells), from natural products to new synthetic chemicals used in pesticides or pharmaceuticals. It also advises on strategies and research for genotoxicity testing.

The committee also advises on important general hazards (the inherent property of the substance) or risk (the likelihood of mutagenetic or genotoxic effects occurring after a given exposure) and gives recommendations for genotoxicity testing.

COM is an advisory body and has no regulatory status. However, it may provide advice to agencies that have a regulatory role.


COM publishes its advice as statements and guidance statements.

COM publishes a joint annual report with the Committee on Toxicity (COT) and the Committee on Carcinogenicity (COC): see annual reports.

Older publications are available on The National Archives website.


Calendar of meetings

Minutes of previous meetings

Minutes for meetings in 2013 are available on The National Archives website.

Minutes for meetings before 2013 are on the archived IACOM website.

COM holds open meetings to increase the visibility and transparency of its work.