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Dr. Helmut Tschiersky

President of the Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety (BVL)

Dr. Helmut Tschiersky-Schöneburg, Präsident des Bundesamtes für Verbraucherschutz und Lebensmittelsicherheit (Quelle: BVL / Marcus Gloger)

Helmut Tschiersky was born on 3 January 1957 in Bremen. From 1976 to 1980 he studied pharmacy at the University of Hamburg where he received his license to practise in 1981. From 1981 to 1987 he proceeded to study food chemistry at the Technical University of Berlin, where he was awarded a doctorate in 1988 for his work on structures in burnt sugars.

Dr. Tschiersky began his career in 1987 as a medical officer at the research institute of the German armed forces medical services in Düsseldorf, followed in 1991 by the German armed forces central institute for medical services in Berlin. In his function as the head of the laboratory, he examined and appraised medicine, food and drinking water samples at both institutes. As a food expert for military district command VII in Leipzig from 1997 to the year 2000, one of his main tasks was appraising food works. In 1996 and the year 2000, Dr. Tschiersky served in Bosnia and Kosovo.

Following one year as a medicines control officer for the German armed forces medical office in Bonn, he became head of the medicines control laboratory at the Institute for Food, Drugs and Epizootics in Berlin (ILAT) in 2001. He was responsible amongst other things for examining and appraising human and animal drugs including medicated feed, and evaluating issues of differentiation between food and medicines. In addition, from October 2005 to the beginning of 2007 he was the acting head for the entire institute.

Dr. Helmut Tschiersky became the head of the Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety (BVL) on 1 June 2008 and was appointed as its president on 1 December 2008.

Apart from his specialist area, he is also particularly interested in quality assurance.

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