Advisory Committee on Hazardous Substances

The Advisory Committee on Hazardous Substances (ACHS) provides expert advice on the science behind hazardous chemicals. It is made up of eleven scientists, drawn from both private-sector industries and public-sector non-governmental organisations and a lay member.

The ACHS is politically independent, and provides objective, impartial advice from a purely scientific perspective.

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The dates for ACHS meetings in 2011 are:

  • 28 March 2011
  • 7 June 2011
  • 6 September 2011
  • 13 December 2011

This will be an open meeting and members of the public are invited to attend. Please contact us if you intend to be present. An agenda and papers for the meeting will be published on this website a few days before the meeting.

Meeting minutes and papers

Thirty-ninth meeting 7 December 2010

Thirty-eighth meeting 14 September 2010

Thirty-seventh meeting 8 June 2010

Thirty-sixth meeting 2 March 2010

We only retain recent minutes and meeting papers on this website. Should you need access to older material, please contact us.

Openness and transparency

Openness requires that we operate in public and through our publications. Transparency means that we aim to make as clear as possible how, and why, we have formulated our advice. This principle is reflected in our publication scheme and code of openness:


Contact us

You can contact the Committee Secretariat at:

ACHS Secretariat
Area 2A, Nobel House,
17 Smith Square

Tel: 0207 238 5400


Page last modified: 8 March 2011