Pim de Voogt was late last week in Luxemburg appointed member of the Scientific Committee for Health, Environmental and Emerging Risks (SCHEER) together with 16 other scientists. The SCHEER is a European Commission advisory body originating in the merger of two former entities: SCHER and SCHENIR. The SCHEER provides so-called ‘Opinions’ on emerging and newly identified health and environmental risks, and on broad, complex or multidisciplinary issues. This calls for risk assessments that other European Union risk assessment bodies are not (immediately) in a position to carry out. The SCHEER provides these assessments as well as advice, for example, about new standard setting, such as for the Environmental Quality Standards.
Pim de Voogt is Principal Scientist, Chemical Water Quality & Health, at KWR, and Professor of Chemical-Biological Interactions in Aquatic Ecosystems at the Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics (IBED) of the University of Amsterdam.