Advisory Committee on Dangerous Pathogens

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The Advisory Committee on Dangerous Pathogens (ACDP) is a UK-wide advisory committee. It was established in 1981, and the terms of reference were revised in 1991 to allow for a wider remit.

The terms of reference of the ACDP are:

"To advise the Health and Safety Executive, and Ministers for the Department of Health and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, and their counterparts under devolution in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, as required, on all aspects of hazards and risks to workers and others from exposure to pathogens".

The Committee comprises a Chairman and up to 17 members. The membership is tripartite, including scientific experts, employer representatives and employee representatives.

On 31 December 2012, the Committee was reconstituted from an advisory non-departmental public body to a Committee of Experts.

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