Advisory Committee on Dangerous Pathogens

The Advisory Committee on Dangerous Pathogens (ACDP) is an expert committee of the Department of Health. The Committee comprises a Chairman and 14 members. The membership is tripartite, with scientific experts, employer and employee representatives.

The work of the ACDP cuts across a number of Government Departments, and thus the Committee is supported by a Secretariat with representatives from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), the Health Protection Agency (HPA) on behalf of the Department of Health and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).

Terms of reference

ACDP’s role is to provide independent scientific advice to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), and to Ministers through the Department of Health, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, and their counterparts under devolution in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, on all aspects of hazards and risks to workers and others from exposure to pathogens. In addition it provides independent scientific risk assessment advice on transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs) to Ministers through the Department of Health, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, and their counterparts under devolution in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and to the Food Standards Agency.

Meeting agendas, summaries and open papers

These are published on the HSE website

News and publications

Read ACDP guidance documents published after 2011

ACDP guidance on blood-borne viruses, including how to comply with the law, how to assess and ways to reduce the risks of workplace exposure to blood-borne viruses, and how to manage incidences of exposure is available on the HSE website.

Read other guidance documents published by ACDP

Members

  • Professor George E. Griffin (Chairman), Head of Division of Cellular and Molecular Medicine, St George’s, University of London
  • Professor Colin Howard, Honorary Professor at Birmingham University Medical School and Emeritus Professor at Royal Veterinary College, London
  • Professor William Irving, Professor of Virology, University Hospital, Nottingham
  • Dr Philip Minor, Deputy Director, National Institute for Biological Standards and Control
  • Professor Armine Sefton, Professor of Medical Microbiology, Queen Mary’s School of Medicine and Dentistry, Bart’s and The London
  • Mr Gordon Sutehall, Clinical Microbiologist, Public Health Laboratory, Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge
  • Dr Judith Hilton, Medical Assessor, Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency
  • Professor Dominic Mellor, Professor of Epidemiology and Veterinary Public Health, University of Glasgow
  • Professor the Hon. Richard Tedder, Professor of Virology, Health Protection Agency
  • Dr Roland Salmon, Director, Communicable Disease Surveillance Centre, Public Health Wales
  • Professor Malcolm Bennett, Professor of Veterinary Pathology, University of Liverpool
  • Professor Richard Knight, Professor of Clinical Neurology and Honorary Consultant Clinical Neurologist, National CJD Surveillance Unit, Edinburgh
  • Professor Jean Manson, Head of Neuropathogenesis Division, The Roslin Institute, University of Edinburgh
  • Dr John Keddie, Vice President of R&D Operations (Europe and International) and World Wide Environment, Health and Safety, GlaxoSmithKline
  • Ms Karen Jones, Flight Operations Inspector, Airsafety Support International, Crawley

ACDP Code of Practice (PDF, 126K)

ACDP: Register of members’ Interests (PDF, 18K)

Annual reports and work plans

These are published on HSE website

ACDP subgroups

Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathy Risk Management

The Advisory Committee on Dangerous Pathogens’ TSE Risk Management Subgroup (formerly the TSE Working Group) provides practical, scientifically based advice on the management of risks from TSEs, in order to limit or reduce the risks of human exposure to, or transmission of, TSEs in healthcare and other occupational settings.

The terms of reference are:

To provide ACDP as requested with practical, scientifically based advice on the management of risks from transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs), in order to limit or reduce the risks of exposure to, or transmission of, TSEs. To handle issues as referred, taking into account the work of other relevant bodies.

TSE infection control guidance

As part of its remit the ACDP TSE Risk Management Subgroup produces the guidance document Transmissible spongiform encephalopathy agents: safe working and the prevention of infection

The current guidance was published in June 2003, replacing the March 1998 edition. The guidance has evolved in the years since, with new annexes being added and current guidance being updated as further scientific information becomes available, or future policy decisions need to be reflected.

Meeting papers

The ACDP TSE Risk Management Subgroup meets 3-4 times a year. Details of the key issues discussed by the ACDP TSE Risk Management Subgroup are available in the ACDP Annual Reports, which have been published from 2004 on the HSE website

Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathy Risk Assessment

The Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathy Risk Assessment Subgroup provides scientifically based assessment of risk from transmissible spongiform encephalopathies in relation to food safety, public and animal health issues, taking appropriate account of scientific uncertainty and assumptions in formulating advice.

The terms of reference are:

To provide ACDP as requested with practical, scientifically based advice on the management of risks from transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs), in order to limit or reduce the risks of exposure to, or transmission of, TSEs. To handle issues as referred, taking into account the work of other relevant bodies.

list of members ( July 2011) (PDF, 20K)

Meeting papers

Other publications

Media enquiries

Media enquiries should be directed to the press offices of the relevant department:

  • For DH – Tel 020 7210 5623; e-mail nick.johnson@dh.gsi.gov.uk
  • For HSE – Tel 0151 951 5897/ 5778; e-mail clare.treholm@hse.gsi.gov.uk
  • For Defra – Tel 020 7238 6007
  • For FSA – Tel 020 7276 8888

Contact us

ACDP Secretariat
Health Protection Agency – Microbiology Services
Virus Reference Department
61 Colindale Avenue
London NW9 5EQ
Tel: 0208 327 7060
E-mail: acdp@hpa.org.uk

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