Secretary, 2021 – 2022

Bert is managing director of the strategic food consulting company FOCOS. His company advises technology providers, food manufacturers, start-up companies, not-for-profit organizations, investors, and laboratories on strategic food safety solutions and emerging technologies. Bert previously worked as chief scientific officer and director of scientific development and regulatory affairs for multinational contract laboratories. He has more than 25 years of experience in the food testing industry and authored more than 75 peer-reviewed publications on topics of food safety analysis, food allergens, food authenticity, validation, and regulatory assessments. Pӧpping serves as scientific advisor to the AOAC INTERNATIONAL Food Authenticity/Fraud community and has been on the AOAC Board of Directors since 2019, currently serving as Secretary.

He is a member of the editorial board of J. Food Additives and Contaminants and J. Food Analytical Methods, co-chair of the ILSI Food Authenticity Task Force, and member of the USP Food Ingredients Expert Committee. He is also active in numerous national and international standardization organizations, including CEN, ISO, and several German official method working groups (§64 German Food & Feed Law). He previously served as Chair of the Board of Directors of the AOAC Research Institute, president of the AOAC Europe Section, and president of the MoniQA Association.

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