Dr. Harry A. Kuiper is a retired scientist and was till November 2006 employed as Head of the Deparetment Food Safety & Health and subsequently asInternational Account Manager and Programme Leader at RIKILT – Institute of Food Safety, Wageningen University & Research Centre, The Netherlands.
He received his training at the Agricultural University Wageningen in food science, and completed in 1976 a PhD-study at the State University of Groningen, on the structure and function of hemocyanins and hemoglobins, and worked from 1976-1980 at the University of Rome at the Faculty of Medicine as a postdoc fellow.
Expertise: food toxicology, biochemistry, molecular biology, biotechnology, risk assessment of foods/feed
He is involved in safety assessment of residues of agrochemicals in food, of health protecting compounds and of genetically modified foods. He was leader of various national and EU-financed projects concerning food safety.
He served as member of the EU Scientific Committee on Plants from 1997- 2003, chairs the Scientific Panel on Genetically Modified Organisms of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) since 2003 and is member of the EFSA Scientific Committee.
He has been co-ordinator of the European Network on the Safety Assessment, Detection and Traceability, and Societal Aspects of Genetically Modified Foods (ENTRANSFOOD), 2000 -2004, and was co-ordinator of the EU Integrated Project ‘Promoting Food Safety through a New Integrated Risk Analysis Approach for Foods’ (SAFE FOODS), funded under the EU 6-th Framework Programme.
He chaired various FAO/WHO Expert Consultations on the Safety of Foods produced by modern biotechnology.
He is (co) author of approximately 250 contributions in scientific journals, proceedings and scientific reports.