Dr D. (Dries) de Kaste

As senior scientific staff member at the RIVM Centre for Health Protection, doctor Dries de Kaste is heading the projects on Pharmaceutical Crime and Drug Quality Monitoring. He is a governmental consultant on the legal status of medicinal products (medicine, food supplement, or medical device).

“Even at the level of the national government a pharmacist is an important link between the chemistry and the therapeutic use of a medication. I am very pleased to be able to advise on situations in which the quality of medications is at stake. In this, I clearly focus on the individual interest of patients."

Photo Dries de Kaste


Dries de Kaste graduated as a pharmacist from Groningen University in 1979. In 1990, he earned his PhD at Utrecht University, with his dissertation having the title: ‘Receptor classification with slightly selective ligands’.

Between 1990 and 1998, he worked at the Dutch National Institute for Drug Research (RIGO) in Leiden as head of the Registration Department for Veterinary Medicines and Pharmacopoeia. Between 1998 and 2013, he was department head at the Centre for Quality of Chemical Pharmaceutical Products at RIVM.

Dries de Kaste is member and secretary of the Dutch delegation of the European Pharmacopoeia Commission. He is the focal point in the Netherlands for the Network of Official Medicines Control Laboratories (OMCL), which operates under the aegis of the Council of Europe, Strasbourg.

Since 2009, he has been in charge of the educational programme “Introduction to Forensic Pharmacy” at Utrecht University.

Areas of expertise

  • Forensic pharmacy
  • Quality of medicinal products
  • European pharmacopoeia
  • Counterfeit medicines

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