The post of Chair of the ACMSF will require a person of national or, ideally, international standing, preferably in the field of medicine or science. The successful candidate will contribute to the formulation and delivery of risk assessment advice on the microbiological safety of food to the Food Standards Agency.
The Chair of the ACMSF has a vital role in guiding and communicating the Committee’s discussion and his or her independence must be beyond question. The Food Standards Agency has therefore decided that the Chair of the ACMSF (and similar committees advising the Agency) should not be employed by, or receive personal remuneration from, industrial organisations or pressure groups during his or her term of appointment.
Candidates must be strong team motivators with common sense and good analytical skills. Putting consumers first and being able to recognise the impact of ACMSF advice on the FSA and the public are extremely important requirements.
Appointments to the ACMSF are made strictly on merit by a fair and open process in accordance with the Commissioner for Public Appointments’ Code of Practice, taking account of equality and diversity. The FSA operates a Guaranteed Interview Scheme for people with disabilities who meet the essential published criteria.
Committee members and the Chair are not paid. They receive remuneration for attendance at meetings and reimbursement of reasonable expenses.