Dr. Bert Pӧpping is the managing director of the strategic food consulting company FOCOS. His company advises food manufacturers, start-up companies, not-for-profit organizations, investors, laboratories, and governments on strategic food safety solutions and emerging technologies. Bert previously worked as Chief Scientific Officer and Director Scientific Development and Regulatory Affairs for multi-national contract laboratories. He has more than 25 years of experience in the food testing industry and authored over 75 peer-reviewed publications on food safety, food allergens, food authenticity, food analysis, validation, and regulatory assessments. Bert is a member of the editorial board of J. Food Additives and Contaminants and J. Food Analytical. He is the co-chair of the ILSI Food Authenticity Taskforce and a USP Food Ingredients Expert Committee member. Bert is also active on numerous national and international standardization organizations, including the German government method working groups and CEN and ISO working groups.