New Chair sought for the ACMSF

Last updated:
28 June 2017
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The Food Standards Agency Chairman Heather Hancock is inviting applications to fill the post of Chair of the Advisory Committee on the Microbiological Safety of Food (ACMSF). This post became vacant on 31 March 2017. The ACMSF is the independent expert committee which advises the FSA on microbiological food safety.

About the vacancy

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.

How to apply

If you are interested in being considered for this post, you can get an information pack and application form from:

Ms Sarah Butler
ACMSF Secretariat
First Floor, Aviation House
125 Kingsway
London WC2B 6NH

tel: 0207 276 8947
fax: 0207 276 8910

The closing date for receipt of completed applications is 18 August 2017. Interviews for shortlisted applicants will take place on 25 October 2017.

More about the ACMSF

Information about the ACMSF can be found on the Committee’s website via this link: