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Hans Verhagen



Prof. Hans Verhagen


Hans Verhagen is Head of EFSA’s Risk Assessment and Scientific Assistance Department (RASA). The Department organises and relies on the work of the Scientific Committee on cross-cutting scientific issues and supports the Scientific Panels to carry out risk assessments on general health and safety priorities in areas such as biological hazards, chemical contaminants, plant health, and animal health and welfare. Its units also provide specialised support on data collection, emerging risks, exposure assessment and risk assessment methodologies.


Prof. Verhagen has 32 years of professional experience, both in the public and private sector. Before joining EFSA, he held management positions at the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) and TNO Nutrition and Food Research Institute, both in the Netherlands. He also worked in Unilever Research and at the Universities of Maastricht and Nijmegen, in the Netherlands.


He was a member of EFSA’s NDA Panel from 2006 until June 2015. He was editor in chief at “Food & Chemical Toxicology” and the “European Journal of Nutrition & Food Safety”.


Prof. Verhagen has published widely on subjects related to toxicology and nutrition.


He studied chemistry (University Nijmegen, The Netherlands and Université de Paris VII, France). He obtained his PhD from the University of Maastricht, The Netherlands. He is a board-certified toxicologist and a board-certified nutritionist (Foundation for Biomedical Scientific Research Training, the Netherlands). He is a visiting professor at the University of Ulster in Northern Ireland.


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