05 June 2023
The PFAS Scientific Advisory Panel, which will advise and make recommendations to
Government in relation to the finding of higher than benchmarked levels of PFAS chemical in
Islanders blood has now been formed, following a global search.
The panel is led by independent chair Dr Steve Hajioff, and will include a PFAS and health
expert, Dr Tony Fletcher, an epidemiologist with over 40 years’ experience in occupational and
environmental epidemiology and risk assessment, including studies of exposure,
biomonitoring and health impacts such as cancer, respiratory disease and metabolic disorders.
He has been researching the health effects of PFAS since 2005 and has been part of major
investigations into PFOA polluted drinking water and epidemiology programmes in PFAS
Dr Hajioff and Dr Fletcher will be joined on the panel by a PFAS and environment expert,
Professor Ian Cousins, a professor in environmental organic chemistry at the department of
environmental science at Stockholm University.
Professor Cousins leads research groups
focusing on understanding the sources, transport, fate and exposure of organic contaminants
and is particularly well known for his research on PFAS.
The panel will call additional global experts and experts by experience to present evidence to
the panel to support with the reports the panel will provide to the Government.
The first meeting in public of the panel will be held in June, to discuss the content for the first
report. The meeting will be held virtually, and Islanders will be able to attend to listen to the
discussions and address the panel.
The panel will report to the Director of Public Health, Professor Peter Bradley.
The topics and
reports the panel will examine to allow for an evidenced-informed approach to decision-making and a considered response to PFAS matters on the Island are:
- Review of therapeutic phlebotomy (having blood taken to reduce PFAS levels)
- Evidence of the impact of PFAS exposure on health, and an assessment of clinical
- PFAS blood testing and re-testing
- Environmental management
Professor Peter Bradley, Director of Public Health said: “I am pleased to announce that the PFAS
Scientific Advisory Panel has now been assembled. I look forward to working with the Panel
experts who will also engage with Islanders to develop our evidence base to help inform future
Independent Chair Dr Steve Hajioff said: "I am excited by the calibre and experience of the
individuals who have agreed to join the panel, and also by the other experts who have agreed to
provide the panel with specialist advice on particular areas. I believe that we will receive the best
possible guidance on the risks of PFAS exposure and how to reduce them.”
PFAS and environment expert, Professor Ian Cousins said: “I am keen to utilise years of PFAS
research to support the Panel’s ambition in Jersey. This is an interesting opportunity to work
closely with other experts and hear from the Island community about what matters to them.”
PFAS and Health expert, Dr Tony Fletcher said: “Understanding further the evidence on health
impacts of PFAS exposure will be important both for local communities and decision-making
bodies, now and in the future. I was delighted to be appointed to the PFAS Scientific Advisory
Panel, having worked around the world on PFAS contamination and health effects, and I am
looking forward to engaging with colleagues and hearing about the lived experiences of