Dr. Mark Montforts (1967) senior policy officer at the Center for Safety of Substances and Products.

Our society uses chemicals. Science contributes to its safe and sustainable use. That may be complex, but it should not be complicated to explain. Only then our knowledge serves policy makers and citizens.

Mark Montforts studied environmental science (1991) and biology (1992) at Utrecht University. He then worked there at the Science Shop Biology and as a lecturer at the faculties of Chemistry and Biology, and joined RIVMNational Institute for Public Health and the Environment in 1993 for research into risks of biocides and plant protection products for the environment. He was involved in the development of methods for the environmental risk assessment, including those of (veterinary) medicines. He earned is PhD in environmental risk assessment at Leiden University (2005). Mark Montforts is a registered toxicologist at the Dutch Society for Toxicology. The role of the environment in the development and spreading of antimicrobial resistance is his special interest.

At the RIVM, he advises the ministries on the use of scientific knowledge in the policy. From his work at the RIVM, he regularly participates in international workgroups such as the European Medicines Agency (EMA), the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). From 2006 to 2009 he was a member of the European Food Safety Agency (EFSA) Panel on Plant Protection Products and the Residues. He established the Biocides Expertise Network (2010). He was a consultant for the commission on Disinfectants and Resistance of the Dutch Health Council in 2015-2016. Between 2009 and 2013 he was a member of the Lung Foundation’s Scientific Advisory Committee.

Currently he is the coordinator of the Dutch research on pesticides and residents (www.rivm.nl/obo). Related to this work, he is a member of an independent scientific advisory board on a research project (http://www.impress-project.org/) funded by the European Pesticide Producers Association (ECPA). This research focuses on the use of occupational exposure data in epidemiological studies.

Mark chairs the OECD Expert Group on Pesticide Risk Indicators (http://www.oecd.org/env/ehs/pesticides-biocides/pesticides-risk-indicators.htm). This group works on methods to monitor (trends in) risks associated with the use of pesticides. He also chairs the Expert Group on Claim Development for Treated Articles. This group considers articles treated with e.g. disinfectants, and what may be claimed about their properties and functionality. At the national level he is involved in advisory work regarding (veterinary) medicines, antimicrobial resistance, and pesticides, and in the field of risk and safety governance.


  • Dealing with risks - risk governance
  • Pesticides
  • (Veterinary) medicines
  • Antimicrobial resistance in the environment
  • Participation of stakeholders


E-mail: vsp-secretariaat@rivm.nl