Chair of Board of Appeal

Helsinki, Uusimaa (FI)
Competitive salary
29 Aug 2018
28 Sep 2018
2018/C 295 A/01
Legal, Operations
Contract Type
Contract / Interim

Call for expression of interest for the appointment of a Chair (AD 12) and alternate Chair of the Board of Appeal of the European Chemicals Agency

1. The Job
The European Chemicals Agency is the driving force in implementing the EU's chemicals legislation for the benefit of human health and the environment as well as for innovation and competitiveness. The Agency is located in Helsinki, Finland, rated one of the world’s most liveable cities. For more details about the Agency please consult

The Board of Appeal consists of a Chair and two other members who are Agency’s staff. They shall have alternates who shall represent them in their absence. The alternates are not Agency’s staff. The qualifications of the Chair and the members are defined in Commission Regulation (EC) No 1238/2007 of 23 October 2007 on laying down rules on qualifications of the members of the Board of Appeal of the European Chemicals Agency. According to this Commission Regulation, the Board of Appeal shall consist of technically and legally qualified members.

The Chair of Board of Appeal will represent ECHA’s Board of Appeal, taking responsibility for its operations, ensuring the achievement of objectives in line with the applicable EU chemicals legislation (REACH, CLP, PIC, BPR).
The Chair and the other members of the Board of Appeal shall be independent. In making their decisions, they shall not be bound by any instructions. They shall not perform any other duties in the Agency. The Chair and the other members of the Board of Appeal, when deciding on appeals, will observe the rules on organisation and follow the procedure set up by the Commission Regulation 771/2008 as modified by Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2016/823 of 25 May 2016. To ensure that the Board of Appeal can operate smoothly, the Board of Appeal is assisted in the exercise of its duties by a Registry, which is led by a Registrar. The Registrar is appointed directly by the Chair of the Board of Appeal.

The task of the Chair shall in particular include the following:

  • Preside over all appeals;
  • Examine and decide on appeals in an independent and impartial manner;
  • Ensure the respect of legal principles and rules in the proceedings;
  • Guarantee the efficient and timely processing of appeals;
  • Ensure the quality and consistency of the Board's decisions;
  • Manage the organisation and working methods of the Board;
  • Manage the Registrar which is the head of the unit assisting the Board of Appeal;
  • Ensure that the other Board of Appeal members involved and Registrar have no conflict of interest when managing each appeal;
  • Replace members by their alternates as necessary;
  • Designate members to additional chambers if timely processing of appeals so requests;
  • Lay down internal rules for the processing of the appeals and on the organisation of the Board and its work;
  • Lay down practical instructions of procedural nature to parties;
  • Assign the examination of an appeal to one of the Board's members or to himself as Rapporteur on the basis of objective criteria;
  • Ensure regular communication with alternate members and update information on appeal’s developments;
  • Supervise the work of additional members and alternates;
  • Decide on admissibility of appeals;
  • Carry out preliminary studies of the appeals;
  • Chair oral hearings;
  • Prescribe measures of organisation of procedure;
  • Prepare communications to parties;
  • Draft decisions;
  • Represent the Board of Appeal.

2. Candidates Must

In order to be considered for the selection phase, candidates must fulfil the following formal criteria by closing date for applications:

  • Be a national of a Member State of the European Union or a national of the European Economic Area (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway);
  • Have a recognised degree in law, either
    • (a) Following successful completion of university studies where the normal duration of university education is four years or more giving access to postgraduate studies; or
    • (b) Following successful completion of university studies attested by a degree where the normal duration of university education is three years, and an additional year of relevant professional experience (this one year’s professional experience cannot be included in the postgraduate professional experience required below);
    • If the university degree is not in law, then the candidate must possess also a professional qualification entitling the candidate to practice as a lawyer;
  • An extensive professional experience in the legal field (acquired following the award of the university degree), some of which have been acquired in EU law or at least significant experience are related to judicial or similar experience in an international and/or a national Court;
  • Have a thorough knowledge of one of the official languages of the European Union (5) and a satisfactory knowledge of at least one other official language of the European Union to the extent necessary for the performance of their duties;
  • At the deadline for applications, candidates must be able to complete the full five-year mandate in accordance with Article 47(a) of the Conditions of Employment of Other Servants of the European Union before reaching retirement age. For temporary staff of the EU entering the service as from 1 January 2014, retirement age is defined as being the end of the month in which the person reaches the age of 66 (6);
  • In addition, candidates must fulfil the following formal criteria on the closing date for applications:
    • Enjoy their full rights as a citizen;
    • Have fulfilled any obligations imposed by the laws concerning military service;
    • Produce appropriate character references as to their suitability for the performance of their duties (7);
    • Be physically fit to perform their duties (8).

3. What We Look For
The candidate should have:

  • Proven experience of regulatory or judicial procedures;
  • Strong communication and inter-personal skills, being able to discuss effectively and efficiently with internal and external stakeholders;
  • A very good command of English (the predominant language of communication within the Agency);
  • Knowledge of other languages of the European Union would be an advantage.

The following should be considered as assets:

  • Managerial experience;
  • Work experience gained in a similar multicultural environment.

4. How to Apply

For the applications to be valid, interested persons must upload a European CV and the application form in PDF format and to fill out, online, a letter of motivation (maximum 8,000 characters). Candidates must indicate in the letter of motivation which post they are applying for (e.g. Chair of the Board of Appeal or Alternate Chair of the Board of Appeal).

For more details on the selection process please click the Apply Button. 

The deadline to fill in the application form is 28 September 2018 at noon 12:00, Brussels time.