Mentor

Erik J.M. Konings, PhD
Mentor, AOAC-India (2018 – Present)
Past-President of the AOAC-INTERNATIONAL

Dr Erik Konings is the present Mentor of AOAC-India and also was the Past-President of the AOAC-INTERNATIONAL. At AOAC-India, Dr Konings counsels the EC and recommends strategies that are aligned with the AOAC INTERNATIONAL’s regulatory framework. Further, he shares his knowledge on best practices in food safety and provides networking opportunities to the EC and Section members.

Dr Konings pursued his higher studies in professional laboratory education in analytical and clinical chemistry as majors. After graduating in 1984, he started his professional career at the Food Inspection Service (formerly known) in Maastricht, the Netherlands. In 2001, he completed his PhD study “Dietary folates in human nutrition” at Maastricht University. During this study, he also obtained an MSc degree in epidemiology.

In September 2008, Dr Konings joined as a Scientific Officer at the Data Collection and Exposure Unit at the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) in Parma, Italy, followed by his employment at the Nestlé Research Centre in Lausanne, Switzerland in June 2009, where he currently works as an expert on Food Safety & Analytical Sciences.

Dr Konings has (co)authored over 40 scientific publications. He actively contributes to several Standard Developing Organisations, including AOAC INTERNATIONAL (Past-President), the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) (Chair- ISO TC 34, Working Group 14 on Vitamins, carotenoids and other nutrients), the European Committee for Standardisation (CEN) (Chair CEN TC 275 Working group 9 on Vitamins and carotenoids) and the International Dairy Federation (IDF) (Member, Science and Programme Coordination Committee (SPCC). Besides, he regularly participates in the Codex Committee on Methods of Analysis and Sampling (CCMAS) as a member of the Swiss delegation.

Dr Konings wishes that the AOAC-India Section continues to play a leading role in capacity building of regional stakeholders, provide inputs to develop standards and extend collaborative support to other AOAC regional Sections.