Panel on Contaminants in the Food Chain


The Panel on Contaminants in the Food Chain (CONTAM) provides scientific advice on contaminants in the food chain and undesirable substances such as natural toxicants, mycotoxins and residues of unauthorised substances.

CONTAM Panel Members are scientists from across Europe with expertise in:

  • Chemistry – organic, inorganic, analytical chemistry, food and feed processing in the area of chemical contaminants
  • Exposure assessment – expertise is required especially in relation to dietary exposure assessment of chemical contaminants including knowledge on food consumption surveys
  • Human and veterinary toxicology (in risk assessment of chemicals) – absorption, distribution, metabolism, excretion (ADME) of substances (toxicokinetics and toxicodynamics), sub-chronic and chronic toxicity (repeated dose studies), genotoxicity and mutagenicity, developmental and reproductive toxicity, carcinogenicity, allergenicity and immunotoxicity.
  • Toxicological tests in experimental animals – interpreting toxic effects of chemical contaminants in farm and pet animals
  • Epidemiology – biomarkers of the effects and exposure and interpretation of human data)
  • Statistics – assessment of dose-response effects, e.g. benchmark dose modelling and analysis of complex (epidemiological) data sets
  • Animal nutrition – animal exposure assessment.
Panel members 

CONTAM Panel Members, 2015-2018. View Declarations of Interests and CVs.

Name Role Name Role
Knutsen, Helle Katrine Chair Hogstrand, Christer Member
Edler, Lutz Vice-Chair Hoogenboom, Laurentius (Ron) Member
Vleminckx, Christiane Vice-Chair Nebbia, Carlo Stefano Member
Alexander, Jan Member Oswald, Isabelle Member
Barregard, Lars Member Petersen, Annette Member
Bignami, Margherita Member Rogiers, Vera Maria, Member until June 2016 Member
Brüschweiler Beat, Member as of July 2016 Member Rose, Martin Member
Ceccatelli, Sandra Member Roudot, Alain-Claude Member
Cottrill, Bruce Member Schwerdtle, Tanja Member
Dinovi, Michael Member Vollmer, Guenter Member
Grasl-Kraupp, Bettina Member Wallace, Heather Member
Previous panel members 

The Declarations of Interests and CVs of previous Panel members are available upon request.


  • Diane Benford, Chair
  • Peter Fürst, Vice-chair
  • Dieter Schrenk, Vice-chair
  • Sandra Ceccatelli
  • Bruce Cottrill
  • Michael DiNovi
  • Eugenia Dogliotti
  • Lutz Edler
  • Peter Farmer
  • Anne Katrine Lundebye
  • Laurentius Ron Hoogenboom
  • Helle Katrine Knutsen
  • Manfred Metzler
  • Antonio Mutti
  • Carlo Stefano Nebbia
  • Michael O’Keeffe
  • Annette Petersen
  • Ivonne Rietjens, until May 2014
  • Vittorio Silano, until July 2014
  • Hendrik Van Loveren
  • Christiane Vleminckx
  • Pieter Wester


  • Josef Schlatter, Chair
  • Diane Benford, Vice-chair
  • Rolaf van Leeuwen, Vice-chair
  • Jan Alexander
  • Alan Boobis
  • Sandra Ceccatelli
  • Bruce Cottrill, as of May 2011
  • Jean-Pierre Cravedi
  • Alessandro di Domenico
  • Daniel Doerge
  • Eugenia Dogliotti
  • Lutz Edler
  • Peter Farmer
  • Metka Filipic
  • Johanna Fink-Gremmels
  • Peter Fürst
  • Thierry Guérin
  • Helle Katrine Knutsen
  • Christopher Livesey, until July 2009
  • Miroslav Machala
  • Antonio Mutti
  • Martin Rose, as of May 2011
  • Philippe Verger, until November 2009