Chemicals Management Plan Science Committee

Ensuring a strong science foundation is a key element of the Chemicals Management Plan (CMP). In support of this, Health Canada and Environment and Climate Change Canada, herein referred to as the Departments, created a CMP Science Committee in 2013 to contribute expertise pertaining to scientific considerations in the delivery of the CMP. The first three year term of the CMP Science Committee ended in the Fall of 2016. The committee has made significant contributions to the delivery of the CMP. Recently, the Departments revised the areas of expertise required for membership. As such, a call for representation for the second three year term is underway.

Second Term - Call for Representation

This committee will consist of eight core members that will serve a term of up to three years and members may be re-appointed for another term. The role of a core member includes participating in committee meetings and contributing expertise pertaining to scientific considerations raised by the Departments. A mechanism is in place to include ad hoc members when additional expertise is required.

Both Canadian and international applications are welcome.

Qualifications of potential members

The Departments are seeking a group of individuals that will provide comprehensive expertise in various scientific fields applicable to chemicals management. Significant and/or recent expertise (in other words, that which is acquired over a period of five years or more and/or within the last three years) is required in one or more of the following areas, including, but not limited to:

  • Disciplines related to human health and/or ecological risk assessment (for example, toxicology and/or ecotoxicology, chemistry, biostatistics, bioinformatics, cheminformatics, exposure assessment);
  • Predictive models and tools (for example, Quantitative Structure-Activity Relationships (QSAR), mass balance modelling, physiologically-based pharmacokinetic modelling, use of analogues, environmental fate and exposure);
  • Emerging technologies (for example, nanotechnology, biotechnology, green chemistry);
  • New approach methodologies (for example, high-throughput screening, high-content methods, Adverse Outcome Pathways, in vitro and in chemico assays, in silico approaches, Integrated Approaches to Testing and Assessment, data science/bioinformatics);
  • Legislative and regulatory frameworks related to chemicals management in Canada and other jurisdictions;
  • Manufacture of chemicals and/or use of chemicals in product development in Canada and/or internationally (for example, lifecycle of products/manufactured items, chemical management practices);
  • Application of weight of evidence and precaution in science-based decision-making; and,
  • Sustainability (for example, responsible replacement practices).

Furthermore, the Departments are looking for candidates with professional experience in:

  • Research that has/will be used as input in the drafting of public policy; and,
  • The various mandated activities of either Department (for example, scientific and technical expertise in risk assessment).

Core members must also be able to function effectively in a committee environment.

Factors that will be taken into consideration when identifying potential candidates for membership include the following:

  • National and/or international recognition in their field of expertise;
  • Strong applicable academic and/or regulatory science credentials; and,
  • Relevant publications or reports.

How to apply

If you are interested in applying to become a new member of this committee, please submit the following documents to by April 30, 2017:

  • Cover letter (maximum of two pages), including information on:
    • Expertise relevant to the committee's mandate;
    • Professional standing or recognition relevant to the mandate; and,
    • Experience in a committee environment.
  • Curriculum vitae: Outlining relevant expertise and publications.
  • Completed Application Form (PDF Version - 934 K).

A streamlined process is in place for First Term members seeking re-appointment. If a First Term member is seeking re-appointment, please submit the following documents to by April 30, 2017:

A cover letter is not required for First Term members seeking re-appointment.

References may be contacted to verify aspects of the applicant's curriculum vitae.

Applicants will be kept apprised of the appointment process.

If you have questions about the committee or the appointment process, please e-mail

Requirements prior to appointment

Government of Canada employees are not eligible for membership in this committee.

Once an applicant is selected for appointment, applicants will then be required to:

Note that if a First Term member is selected for re-appointment, the above documentation will be reviewed and updated if necessary.

Members of this committee will serve as knowledgeable individuals in their own right and in the best interest of Canadians. They will not represent their firms, organizations, or professional affiliations.

As a condition of appointment, applicants will also be asked to review a Summary of Expertise, Experience, and Affiliations and Interests (PDF Version - 60 K) and must permit the Government of Canada to publish a short biography and summary of relevant affiliations and interests on its website and in print materials.

Applicable policies

Members will be reimbursed for travel and accommodation expenses incurred during their work on the committee, according to the National Joint Council's Travel Directive.

The Government of Canada undertakes to provide its volunteer committee members with protection against civil liability provided the volunteer member acts in good faith, within the scope of their volunteer duties, and does not act against the interests of the Crown. Members act collectively with respect to the mandate of the committee. The Departments have the ultimate responsibility and accountability for any decision resulting from the scientific contributions of this committee.

The committee will adhere to the Health Canada Policy on External Advisory Bodies. The Departments will provide orientation to appointed members so they can learn about applicable processes, as well as about the roles and responsibilities of committee members.

For more information on the mandate of this committee, please see the Terms of Reference - First Term. The Terms of Reference for the Second Term will be available once endorsed by the new members of the committee.

First Term

This committee consisted of 10 core members that served from Fall 2013 to Fall 2016.

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