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Committee on Toxicity (COT)

The Committee on Toxicity of Chemicals in Food, Consumer Products and the Environment (COT) is an independent scientific committee that provides advice to the Food Standards Agency, the Department of Health and other Government Departments and Agencies on matters concerning the toxicity of chemicals.

Assessing chemical risks in food
Chemical risk assessment is the process that provides the scientific basis for decisions aimed at ensuring, maintaining and enhancing the safety of human exposure to chemicals.

Risk analysis framework
The processes of risk assessment, risk management and risk communication.

History of the COT
The COT started work in 1978. Find out more about its history.

The subject index identifies topics previously discussed by the COT, COC and COM. If your area of interest relates to the COT, further information such as minutes, papers and statements can be found using our search engine.

For areas covered by the COC and COM you can search their respective websites via the links on the left hand side.

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Government Response to the BRAWG Report

The Government has welcomed a report by the Bystander Risk Assessment Working Group (BRAWG) of the Advisory Committee on Pesticides and the Committee on Toxicity of Chemicals in Food, Consumer Products and the Environment. The Government has accepted all the report’s recommendations. Links to the BRAWG report and the Government response are as follows:

BRAWG Report

Government Response to BRAWG Report

BRAWG undertook a formal review of the regulatory risk assessments for bystanders and for residents who are potentially exposed to pesticides. Their report made a number of recommendations to update the risk assessment in line with the latest science. Since the regulation of pesticides is harmonised across the European Union, it will be important to ensure that the approach recommended by BRAWG is adopted at this level. The Government will therefore work closely with the European Food Safety Authority to ensure that the BRAWG recommendations are taken forward in Europe


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COT Secretariat , Food Standards Agency , Aviation House , 125 Kingsway , London WC2B 6NH, Tel: 020 7276 8522, cot@foodstandards.gsi.gov.uk


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