Who we are
COMEAP draws its members from a range of specialist fields such as air quality science, atmospheric chemistry, toxicology, physiology, epidemiology, statistics, paediatrics and cardiology. There is also a "lay" member responsible for ensuring COMEAP work is accessible and understandable to the general public.
Currently there are14 full-time committee members (including the chairman), assisted by a secretariat provided by Public Health England. The chairman of the Committee on Carcinogenicity (COC) is also a member.
Some members serve on subgroups of the main committee and a small number of ex-members also serve on these sub-groups. From time to time the committee may invite other experts to assist them in their deliberations. These are "co-opted" members.
At all times, individuals are required to declare conflicts of interest and during discussions members declaring an interest may be disqualified at the Chairman's discretion from contributing to the discussion of that item.
On the Members page, you can read the profiles of COMEAP's current chair, committee members and the subgroup chairs. You can also find information on the Secretariat, Members interests and Terms of Reference for COMEAP.
Three new members have been appointed
Ms Ruth Chambers as a lay member and Professor Paul Wilkinson and Professor Alan Boobis as specialist members with effect from 1 June 2013 for three years. The offer of appointment is for a time commitment of ten days per year for the specialist members and three meetings per year for the lay member and remunerated at a rate of £123 attendance fee and £30 reading fee per meeting. Expenses will be paid in line with rates set centrally.
Following the review of the Department of Health's Advisory Non-Departmental Public Bodies (ANDPBs), COMEAP was reclassified as a Departmental Expert Committee at the end of 2012.
These appointments were made on merit and in accordance with the principles of the Code of Practice for Scientific Advisory Committees (CoPSAC) and Code of Practice issued by the Commissioner for Public Appointments.
Professor Frank Kelly is Chair of the committee (appointed until 01/12/2014)
Appointments are staggered and members can serve for 3 terms or a maximum of 10 years from first appointment.
Ms Ruth Chambers, Professor Paul Wilkinson and Professor Alan Boobis until 01/06/2016
Dr Rosemary Waring, Dr Brian Miller and Professor Jonathan Grigg appointed until 31/03/2014
Professor Harrison appointed until 01/02/2016
Professor Anderson and Dr Atkinson appointed until 01/07/2015
Professor Holgate appointed until 01/11/2014
Professor Cullinan and Mr Stedman appointed until 31/03/2014
The Chairman receives an attendance fee of £158 and a reading fee of £40 per meeting. Members receive an attendance fee of £123 and a reading fee of £30 per meeting.
For sub-group meetings, the chairman receives an attendance fee of £127 and a reading fee of £33, while members receive an attendance fee of £100 and a reading fee of £25.