Member profile

Professor Hans Verhagen

Last updated: 05 June 2024

Professor Verhagen is a Food Safety and Nutrition consultant following his retirement from EFSA in 2020 where he was the Head of the Risk Assessment and Scientific Assistance Department as well as a Senior Scientific Officer. He is an alumnus of Universities of Nijmegen (Netherlands) and Paris studying chemistry, as well as having a PhD in food toxicology from the University of Maastricht (Netherlands). He has a wide range of experience having worked at the TNO Nutrition and Food Research Institute (Netherlands), Unilever (Netherlands), National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM; Netherlands).

He has served on many editorial boards of scientific journals. He has been editor-in-chief of “Food & Chemical Toxicology” and the “European Journal of Nutrition & Food Safety”.

Professor Verhagen is a board-certified toxicologist and nutritionist. He has served as a member of the EFSA-NDA panel for 9 years, working on novel foods and health claims. He is a Visiting Professor at the University of Ulster and The Technical University of Denmark. He has a large number of publications on toxicology, food safety and nutrition.

Register of Interests

In line with FSA policy and established good practice for accessing external expertise, Scientific Advisory Committee members are required to declare any personal or non-personal interests which represent a real or potential conflict in respect of general or specific aspects of work undertaken. Interests will be managed in accordance with the FSA’s policy and guidance. 

If members have interests not specified in these notes, but which they believe could be regarded as influencing their advice or other work for FSA, they should declare them. However, members are not under any obligation to search out interests of which they might reasonably not be aware. For example, either through being unaware of all the interests of family members, or of not being aware of links between one company and another. 

Current Interests


Category of Interest

Organisation/Body & Nature of Interest

Owner and founder / consultant

Food Safety & Nutrition Consultancy (1 Nov 2020 to date);;

Clients&Collaborators | Food Safety & Nutrition Consultancy (

Other fee-paid work from relevant organisations, consultancies

Adjunct professor, Technical University of Denmark (2021 to date)

Scientific Advisory Board - Cosun Nutrition Center (The Netherlands).(2022 to date)

Choices International Foundation – member International Board (2023 to date)

International Sweeteners Association (member Scientific Advisory Panel)(2024-to date)

Other personal interests

Visiting Professor, University of Ulster, Coleraine, Northern Ireland (2009 to date)

Non-Personal Interests

Category of Interest

Organisation/Body & Nature of Interest (period)

Indirect financial or non-financial support from relevant organisations

Dutch Academy of Nutritional Sciences, member

Dutch Society for Toxicology, member

European Environmental Mutagen Society, member

Global Harmonization Initiative, member


Technical University of Denmark, adjunct professor

Other public appointments


PUM (Netherlands Senior Experts), The Hague, The Netherlands, volunteer scientific expert

Other non-personal interests

  1. International Society of Exposure Sciences, co-author
  2. member of editorial boards of scientific journals; currently:
  • Food and Chemical Toxicology
  • European Journal of Nutrition & Food Safety
  • Voeding Nu
  • Foods
  • Food Safety - The Official Journal of Food Safety Commission of Japan

Historic Interests


Category of Interest

Organisation/Body & Nature of Interest (period)


Direct employment

European Food Safety Authority, Parma, Italy; Head of Department / Senior Scientific Officer (2015-2020)

Other personal interests

European Human Biomonitoring Initiative (HBM4EU); Member Governing Board and Policy Board (2016-2020)