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VKM Members

The Norwegian Scientific Committee for Food Safety consists of a Scientific Steering Committee and nine Scientific Panels comprising about 100 experts. The experts are appointed by the Ministry of Health and Care Services on the basis of their scientific qualifications, and do not represent their employers or other stakeholders.

 

The risk assessment work is conducted by the members of the Scientific Panels. The areas of responsibility for the nine Scientific Panels largely correspond to those of the EFSA panels. The Scientific Steering Committee coordinates those risk assessments that fall within the mandate of more than one Panel, and finalizes most comprehensive assessments. The VKM Secretariat, with a staff of 16, provides scientific and logistical support to the Scientific Steering Committee and the Scientific Panels.

 

Experts appointed for the period 2014 to 2018:

 

Scientific Steering Committee

Jan Alexander (chair), Norwegian Institute of Public Health, Oslo
Gro-Ingunn Hemre (deputy), National Institute of Nutrition and Seafood Research, Bergen 
Lene Frost Andersen, University of Oslo, Oslo
Edel Oddny Elvevoll, University of Tromsø, Tromsø
Merete Hofshagen, Norwegian Veterinary Institute, Oslo
The chairs of the nine Scientific Panels (see the list below)

 

Panel on Biological Hazards

Yngvild Wasteson (chair), Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Asker
Georg Kapperud, Norwegian Institute of Public Health, Oslo
Karl F. Eckner, Scientific consultant, Oslo
Siamak Yazdankhah, Norwegian Medicines Agency, Ås
Truls Nesbakken, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Lørenskog
Eystein Skjerve, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Oslo
Jørgen Lassen, pensjonist, Norwegian Institute of Public Health, Oslo
Judith Narvhus, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Oppegård
Line Vold, Norwegian Institute of Public Health, Oslo
Taran Skjerdal, Norwegian Veterinary Institute, Asker
Lucy Robertson, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Skedsmo
Jan Thomas Rosnes, Nofima, Stavanger

 

Panel on Plant Protection Products

Torsten Källqvist (chair), pensioner, The Norwegian Institute for Water Research, Halden
Merete Grung, Norwegian Institute for Water Research, Bærum
Line Emilie Tvedt Sverdrup, DNV GL, Bærum
Hubert Dirven, Norwegian Institute of Public Health, Ski
Marit Låg, Norwegian Institute of Public Health, Oslo
Asbjørn M. Nilsen, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim
Ole Martin Eklo , Bioforsk, Ås
Katrine Borgå, University of Oslo, Oslo
Jan Ludvig Lyche, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Oslo

 

Panel on Genetically Modified Organisms

Åshild Kristine Andreassen (chair), Norwegian Institute of Public Health, Skedsmo
Inger Måren, University of Bergen, Bergen
Hilde-Gunn Hoen-Sorteberg, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Ås
Kaare Magne Nielsen, University of Tromsø, Tromsø
Knut Tomas Dalen, University of Oslo, Oslo
Rose Vikse, Norwegian Institute of Public Health, Bærum
Knut Helkås Dahl, self-employed, Nome
Per Brandtzæg, University of Oslo, Oslo
Monica Sanden, National Institute of Nutrition and Seafood Research, Bergen
Richard Meadow, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Ås
Olavi Junttila, University of Tromsø, Tromsø

 

Panel on Food Additives

Inger-Lise Steffensen (chair), Norwegian Institute of Public Health, Oslo
Berit Brunstad Granum, Norwegian Institute of Public Health, Bærum
Jens Rohloff, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim
Trine Husøy, Norwegian Institute of Public Health, Oslo
Ragna Bogen Hetland, Norwegian Institute of Public Health, Tokke
Ellen M. Bruzell, Nordic Institute of Dental Materials, NIOM, Bærum
Trude Wicklund, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Ås

 

Panel on Contaminants

Janneche Utne Skåre (chair), Norwegian Veterinary Institute, Bærum
Christiane Fæste, Norwegian Veterinary Institute, Oslo
Helle Katrine Knutsen, Norwegian Institute of Public Health, Oslo
Anne Lise Brantsæter, Norwegian Institute of Public Health, Bærum
Anders Ruus, Norwegian Institute for Water Research, Oslo
Cathrine Thomsen, Norwegian Institute of Public Health, Oslo
Heidi Amlund, National Institute of Nutrition and Seafood Research, Bergen
Helen Engelstad Kvalem, Norwegian Institute of Public Health, Oslo
Gunnar Sundstøl Eriksen, Norwegian Veterinary Institute, Fredrikstad
Christopher Owen Miles, Norwegian Veterinary Institute, Oslo
Irma Oskam, Norwegian Institute of Public Health, Oslo

 

Panel on Animal feed

Åshild Krogdahl (chair), Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Oslo
Robin Ørnsrud, National Institute of Nutrition and Seafood Research, Florvåg
Einar Ringø, University of Tromsø, Tromsø
Erik-Jan Lock, National Institute of Nutrition and Seafood Research, Askøy
Anne Marie Bakke, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Bærum
Live L. Nesse, Norwegian Veterinary Institute, Bærum
Trine Eggen, Bioforsk, Klepp
Rolf Erik Olsen, Institute of Marine Research, Trondheim

 

Panel on Nutrition, Dietetic products, Novel food and Allergy

Per Ole Iversen (chair), University of Oslo, Oppegård
Livar Frøyland, University of Bergen, Askøy 
Kristin Holvik, Norwegian Institute of Public Health, Oslo 
Margaretha Haugen, Norwegian Institute of Public Health, Oslo 
Martinus Løvik Medlem, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Oslo
Tor Strand, Innlandet Hospital Trust /University of Bergen, Lillehammer
Grethe Tell, University of Bergen, Bergen
Arild Vaktskjold, Hedmark University of Applied Sciences, Elverum

 

Panel on Animal Health and Welfare

Brit Hjeltnes (chair), Norwegian Veterinary Institute, Bergen
Kristian Hoel, Norwegian Veterinary Institute, Oslo
Stein Mortensen, Institute of Marine Research, Bergen
Knut Egil Bøe, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Ås
Espen Rimstad, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Bærum
Cecilie Marie Mejdell, Norwegian Veterinary Institute, Oslo
Roar Gudding, Norwegian Veterinary Institute, Oslo
Edgar Brun, Norwegian Veterinary Institute, Nesodden
Carlos Goncalo Afonso Rolhas Fernandes das Neves, Norwegian Veterinary Institute, Oslo
Øivind Bergh, Institute of Marine Research, Bergen
Jacques Godfroid, University of Tromsø, Tromsø

 

Panel on Plant Health

Trond Rafoss (chair), Bioforsk, Farsund
Arild Sletten, Bioforsk, Ås
Halvor Solheim, Norwegian Forest and Landscape Institute, Ås
Bjørn Økland, Norwegian Forest and Landscape Institute, Ås
Leif Sundheim, Bioforsk , Ås
Anne Marte Tronsmo, Bioforsk, Ås
Christer Magnusson, Bioforsk, Ås
May-Guri Sæthre, Bioforsk, Ås
Guro Brodal, Bioforsk, Ås
Åshild Ergon, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Ås

 

Panel on Alien Organisms and trade in Endangered Species (CITES)

Vigdis Vandvik (chair)
Hugo de Boer
Nina Elisabeth Nagy
Lawrence Kirkendall
Kjetil Hindar
Jan Ove Gjershaug
Kjersti Sjøtun
Odd Terje Sandlund
Eli Rueness
Björn Nordén
Anders Nielsen
Hans Kristen Stenøien
Gaute Velle

 

Panel on Microbial Ecology 

Ida Skaar (chair)
Anders Jelmert
Godfroid Jacques
Tor Gjøen
Arinze Okoli
Jörn Klein
Renate Johansen
Bjørnar Ytrehus

 

Published: 04.07.2014. Updated 20.01.2016