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Professor Alan Reilly, BSc, MTech, CBiol, MIBiol, FIFSTI

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Title Chief Executive, Food Safety Authority of Ireland and Adjunct Professor at UCD Institute of Food and Health
Address Abbey Court
Lower Abbey St
Dublin 1
Telephone: +353 1 817 1369


Alan Reilly is Chief Executive of the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI), the State agency that has responsibility for the enforcement of food regulations in Ireland. As Chief Executive he is charged with providing the direction and leadership of this science-based agency which is dedicated to protecting consumers’ health and consumer interests in the area of food safety. A graduate of University College, Dublin and of Brunel University, Uxbridge, UK, he has worked for over 30 years in the area of food safety. Before joining the Authority in 1999 he worked in the Food Safety Programme of the World Health Organization in Geneva. He has spent a number of years working in the UK scientific civil service and managed the Food Safety Group at the Natural Resources Institute of the University of Greenwich in Kent. He has worked as a visiting Associate Professor at the College of Fisheries, University of the Philippines where his main areas of research were on post-harvest quality and safety of fish and fishery products. He is a member of the Advisory Forum of the European Food Safety Authority and a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the European Food Information Council.  He also acts as a food safety advisor to the World Health Organization and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the WHO International Food Safety Authorities Network (INFOSAN).

Research Interests:

The development of a science and evidence based to risk assessment and the application of risk management decisions in the context of protecting consumers’ health and consumers’ interests.

Translation of food safety policy into operational food safety control programmes and the development of guidelines to assess capacity building need in the context of official food controls.


Food Safety in the European Union: progress with the implementation of HACCP systems (2003). A Reilly and L O’Connor. Mitt. Lebensm Hyg 94, 10-19

Food Safety: a public health issue of growing importance (2002). Reilly, A., C Tlustos, W Anderson. L O’Connor, B Foley and P Wall. In Introduction to Human Nutrition. Eds MJ Gibney, HH Voster and FJ Kok. Publ Blackwell Science Ltd, Oxford. pp 292-317.








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Institute of Food and Health - UCD, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland. Tel : +353 (0)1 716-2808