As of November 1, Prof. Hans Verhagen will join the European Food Safety Authorithy (EFSA) in Parma, Italy as Head of the Risk Assessment and Scientific Assistance Department (RASA). Hans Verhagen became the head of the Centre for Nutrition and Health at the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment, RIVM in May 2005. Since 2013 he is working as a Senior Scientific Advisor in Nutrition and Food Safety at RIVM. He is also a visiting professor at the University of Ulster, Northern Ireland.

Besides being a member of several international committees and editorial boards, Hans is a frequent speaker at international conferences where he promotes RIVM knowledge and research. He is a familiar face at EFSA, where he was a member of the NDA Panel from 2006-2015 (Nutrition, Dietetic Products and Allergies). He has been working among other on questions related to scientific substantiation of health claims and  novel foods.