Panel on Biological Hazards


The Panel on Biological Hazards (BIOHAZ) provides scientific advice on biological hazards in relation to food safety and food-borne diseases. This covers animal diseases transmissible to humans; transmissible spongiform encephalopathies; food microbiology; food hygiene and associated waste management issues.

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

  • Epidemiology of food borne zoonoses (Salmonella, Campylobacter, etc)
  • Antimicrobial resistance
  • Processing of animal by-products
  • Food-borne viruses
  • Meat inspection in all food-producing species
  • Food hygiene and microbiology
  • Microbiological criteria
  • Biological risks associated with composite products, and with fresh produce;
  • Decontamination of meat carcasses (antimicrobial treatments)
  • Quantitative microbiological risk assessment
  • TSEs (epidemiology, pathology, diagnostic, exposure assessment).


Panel members 

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

Name Role Name Role
Ricci, Antonia Chair Robertson, Lucy Member
Koutsoumanis, Konstantinos Vice-Chair Ru, Giuseppe Member
Nørrung, Birgit Vice-Chair Sanaa, Moez Member
Allende, Ana Member Simmons, Marion Member
Bolton, Declan Member Skandamis, Panagiotis Member
Chemaly, Marianne Member Snary, Emma Member
Davies, Robert Member Speybroeck, Niko Member
Fernandez Escamez, Pablo Salvador Member Ter Kuile, Benno Member
Girones, Rosina Member Threlfall, John Member
Herman, Lieve Member Wahlström, Helene Member
Lindqvist, Roland Member    


Previous panel members 

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


  • John Griffin, Chair from March 2014, Vice-chair from July 2012 to March 2014
  • John Sofos, Chair from July 2012 to March 2014
  • Arie Havelaar, Vice-chair
  • Paul Cook, Vice-chair from March 2014
  • Olivier Andreoletti
  • Dorte Lau Baggesen
  • Declan Bolton
  • Patrick Butaye
  • Robert Davies
  • Pablo S. Fernández Escámez
  • Tine Hald
  • Kostas Koutsoumanis
  • Roland Lindqvist
  • James McLauchlin
  • Truls Nesbakken
  • Miguel Prieto Maradona
  • Antonia Ricci
  • Giuseppe Ru
  • Moez Sanaa
  • Marion Simmons
  • John Threlfall


  • John D. Collins, Chair from June 2009 to Jan 2011 - (Prof. Collins died on 25 April 2012)
  • Birgit Norrung, Chair from March 2011 to June 2012, Vice-chair from June 2009 to January 2011
  • Herbert Budka, Vice-chair from March 2011 to June 2012 and from June 2009 to January 2011
  • John Sofos, Vice-chair from March 2011 to June 2012
  • Olivier Andreoletti
  • Sava Buncic
  • John Griffin
  • Tine Hald
  • Arie Havelaar
  • James Hope
  • Günter Klein
  • Kostas Koutsoumanis, from May 2011 to June 2012
  • Winy Messens, from June 2009 to July 2010
  • James McLauchlin
  • Christine Müller-Graf
  • Christophe Nguyen The
  • Luísa Peixe
  • Miguel Prieto Maradona
  • Antonia Ricci
  • John Threlfall
  • Ivar Vågsholm
  • Emmanuel Vanopdenbosch