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).
Current Panel Members, 2018-2021
Chair: Koutsoumanis, Konstantinos Panagiotis
Vice-Chair: Allende, Ana; Herman, Lieve Maria
Members: Alvarez-Ordóñez, Avelino; Bolton, Declan Joseph; Bover-Cid, Sara; Chemaly, Marianne; Davies, Robert; De Cesare, Alessandra; Hilbert, Friederike; Lindqvist, Roland; Nauta, Maarten; Peixe, Luisa; Ru, Giuseppe; Simmons, Marion; Skandamis, Panagiotis; Suffredini, Elisabetta
Previous Panel Members
Chair: Antonia Ricci
Vice-Chair: Konstantinos Panagiotis Koutsoumanis; Birgit Nørrung
Members: Ana Allende; Declan Bolton; Marianne Chemaly; Robert Davies; Pablo Salvador Fernandez Escamez; Rosina Girones; Lieve Herman; Roland Lindqvist; Lucy Robertson; Giuseppe Ru; Moez Sanaa; Marion Simmons; Panagiotis Skandamis; Emma Snary; Niko Speybroeck; Benno Ter Kuile; John Threlfall; Helene Wahlström
Chair: John Sofos, from July 2012 to March 2014; John Griffin, from March 2014
Vice-Chair: John Griffin, from July 2012 to March 2014; Paul Cook, from March 2014; Arie Havelaar
Members: 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
Chair: John D. Collins, from June 2009 to Jan 2011 - (Prof. Collins died on 25 April 2012); Birgit Norrung, from March 2011 to June 2012
Vice-Chair: Birgit Norrung, from June 2009 to January 2011; Herbert Budka, from March 2011 to June 2012 and from June 2009 to January 2011; John Sofos, from March 2011 to June 2012
Members: 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
The Declarations of Interests and CVs of previous Panel members are available upon interestmanagement [at] efsa.europa.eu (request).
Set up to strengthen the scientific cooperation on BSE-TSE (Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy and Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies) issues, reduce the duplication of activities and hence avoid divergence of opinion.
Microbiological risk assessment
Established to strengthen the scientific cooperation on microbiological risk assessment, anticipate and reduce the duplication of activities and hence avoid divergence of opinion.