Prof. Dr. Hans Verhagen

Voornaam: Hans

Achternaam: Verhagen

Werkgever: Food Safety & Nutrition Consultancy

Functie: Owner and Founder




Expertise: Antioxidanten, Biobeschikbaarheid, Biomarkers, Functionele voedingsmiddelen, Mineralen, Vitamines, Voedingsprofielen / Nutrient profiling, Voedingssupplementen, Voedselcompositie / samenstelling, Voedselveiligheid, Volksgezondheid, Wetgeving (etiketteringswetgeving, warenwet, food law)


Prof.Dr. Hans Verhagen (1957) studied chemistry at the Universities of Nijmegen (NL) and Paris (FR). He did his PhD on food toxicology at the University of Maastricht (NL; thesis in 1989). From 1990-2000 he worked at the TNO Nutrition and Food Research Institute in Zeist (NL). From 2000-2005 he worked for Unilever in Vlaardingen (NL). Since May 2005 he was employed at the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), Bilthoven, NL (, from 2005-2012 as Head of the Centre for Nutrition and Health, from 2013-2015 as Senior Scientific Adviser ‘Nutrition and Food Safety’. From 1999-2004 he was editor-in-chief of “Food & Chemical Toxicology” ( From 2011–2015 he was Chief Editor of the “European Journal of Nutrition & Food Safety” ( Since November 2015, he was working at the European Food Safety Authority, Parma, Italy (, from 2015 – 2018 as head of the Risk Assessment and Scientific Assistance Department, from 2018-2020 as Senior Scientific Officer.

Hans Verhagen is a board-certified toxicologist (since 1990) and a board-certified nutritionist (since 2005). From 2006-2015 he was a member of the EFSA-NDA panel ( Since November 2009 he is a visiting professor at the University of Ulster (NI; From November 2020, he is the owner and founder of Food Safety & Nutrition Consultancy, NL (

Total number of Web of Science publications (includes EFSA Scientific Opinions): 820. Number of full peer-reviewed papers: 164 (plus: Other papers 154; EFSA publications 10; Publications as editor 16; Other publications in Dutch 15). Hirsch Index (by October 2020): Scopus: 42; Web of Science: 49; Google Scholar/Harzing’s Publish or Perish: 49

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