Herman Diricks is the Chief Executive Officer of the Belgian Federal Agency for the Safety of the Food Chain (FASFC). The FASFC is an executive body, which has jurisdiction over the entire territory of Belgium and is responsible for laying down, implementing and enforcing measures related to food safety, animal health and plant protection.
Trained as a bioscience engineer, Mr Diricks has been working in the areas of public health, food and feed safety and technology since 1984. After a brief stint as a scientific associate at the Free University of Brussels (VUB), he joined the Ministry of Agriculture in 1986 where, among others, he engaged in activities in the areas of pesticides, fertilisers and genetically modified organisms.
Between 1999 and 2000 Mr Diricks worked as an advisor to the Belgian Secretary-General and to the Minister of Agriculture, whilst between 2000 and 2002 he was an independent consultant in the fields of food safety, quality and administrative reorganisation. Then, from 2002 to 2014, he worked at the Federal Agency for the Safety of the Food Chain, where he held the position of Director-General of the Corporate Services until 2006, and afterwards the position of Director-General of Control Policy.