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Biosafety Expert
Record information and status
Record ID
100041
Status
Published
Date of creation
2008-11-06 21:51 UTC (michael.eckerstorfer@umweltbundesamt.at)
Date of last update
2019-02-18 09:31 UTC (anita.greiter@umweltbundesamt.at)
Date of publication
2019-02-18 16:29 UTC (anastasia.beliaeva@cbd.int)

General information
Nominating Government
  • Austria
Profile of the Expert
Helmut Gaugitsch studied technical chemistry at the Technical University of Vienna, with graduation as PhD in biotechnology and food chemistry. He joined the Federal Environment Agency Austria in 1991 and worked on ecological risk assessment, monitoring and coexistence of genetically modified organisms (GMO) since. Presently he serves as Head of Unit Landuse & Biosafety at the Federal Environment Agency.
Main areas of work: Reviewing of European GMO notifications concerning the risk assessment and monitoring of GMOs, coordination and preparation of studies on environmental effects of GMOs, assistance development and implementation of national, regional and international Regulatory Frameworks for Biosafety, National Focal Point for the Cartagena Protocol, environmental effects of landuse, agriculture and forestry.
Personal Information
Coordinates
Dr. Helmut Gaugitsch
Umweltbundesamt, Spittelauer Lände 5
Vienna
Austria, A 1090
Phone:+43 1 31304 ext 3133
Fax:+43 1 31304 ext 3700
Email:helmut.gaugitsch@umweltbundesamt.at
Url:http://www.umweltbundesamt.at
Gender
  • Male
Nationalities
  • Austrian
Date of birth
1963
Place of birth
Vienna
Current employment
Employer / Organization
Umweltbundesamt- Environment Agency Austria
Acronym
EAA
Type of organization
  • Government agency
Department / Division / Unit
Landuse & Biosafety
Start date
1991
Main responsibilities
Reviewing of EU GMO notifications concerning the risk assessment and monitoring of GMOs, coordination and preparation of studies on environmental effects of GMOs, assistance development and implementation of national, regional and international Regulatory Frameworks for Biosafety, National Focal Point for the Cartagena Protocol, environmental effects of landuse, agriculture and forestry
Employment history
Countries or regions where you have worked
  • Bulgaria
  • Cambodia
  • Lithuania
  • China
  • Malta
  • Croatia
Previous employment
Employer / Organization
Sandoz (Novartis) Research Institute Vienna
NOVARTIS INSTITUTES FOR BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH GMBH & CO KG (NIBR VIENNA)
Start date
1989
Ending date
1991
Type of organization
  • Private sector (business and industry)
Main areas of responsibility
Research in human moleclar immunology
Formal education
First Degree or other academic distinction and subject
Example: B.Sc. in Microbiology
Dipl.Ing. in Technical Chemistry, Diploma Work on Soil microbial ecology
Name of academic institution
Technical University Vienna
Start date
1981
Ending date
1986
Formal education
Second Degree or other academic distinction and the subject
Example: M.Sc. in Microbiology
PhD in Biotechnology
Name of academic institution
Technical University Vienna
Start date
1986
Ending date
1989
Other professional qualifications
List of other relevant professional qualifications
Lecturer on environment and food issues at the University of Vienna
Karl Landsteiner Scholarship award
Chair of various EU, OECD and UN Working Groups on biosafety issues
Areas of Expertise
Main areas of expertise
  • Biosafety systems development and implementation expertise
  • Administrative procedures and enforcement
  • LMO import/export and transboundary movement oversight
  • Agricultural and rural development
  • LMO monitoring for environmental impact
  • Biosafety Clearing-House operations
  • Biosafety legislation and regulation
  • Biosafety policy
  • Project management
  • Public awareness & participation
  • Co-existence rules/measures
  • Risk assessment and risk management
  • LMO decision-making
  • Socio-economic considerations regarding LMOs
  • LMO identification and documentation
  • Sustainable development and biosafety
Publications
List most important publications related to the expert main field of expertise.
H. Gaugitsch (2006): The impact of the OECD on the development of national/international risk/safety assessment frameworks. Environmental Biosafety Research, Vol 5, 219-222.
Spök,A.; Gaugitsch,H.; Laffer,S.; Pauli,G.; Saito,H.; Sampson,H.; Sibanda,E.; Thomas,W.; van Hage,M. & Valenta,R. (2005): Suggestions for the Assessment of the Allergenic Potential of Genetically Modified Organisms. Int. Arch. Allergy Immunol. 137, 167-180.
B. Jank & H. Gaugitsch (2001): Assessing the environmental impacts of transgenic plants. Trends in Biotechnol. 19(9), 371-372.
List of other publications
Complete List of publications will be sent by separate e-mail to the SCBD
Awards and Professional Memberships
Awards received
Karl Landsteiner Scholarship award
Professional memberships
Editor of Scientific Journal Environmental Science and Pollution Research
Technical committees, expert panels or advisory bodies served
Chair of OECD Working Group on Harmonization of regulatory Oversight in Biotechnology (2002-2206)
Member of the Austrian GMO Advisory Committee and the Subcommitte on deliberate Release and Placing on the Market of GMOs (since 1995). Scientific Review of GMO notifications for deliberate release and plaving on the market
Member of various expert committees/panels at the EU level, OECD and UN on GMO risk assessment and monitoring
Language proficiency
"A" = Excellent, "B" = Good, "C" = Fair
Mother Tongue
  • German
Speaking / Level (A B C)
  • English
/A
  • French
/C
  • Spanish
/C
Reading / Level (A B C)
  • English
/A
  • French
/B
  • Spanish
/C
Writing / Level (A B C)
  • English
/A
  • French
/C
References
References
Dr. Andreas Heissenberger
Deputy Unit Head
Landuse & Biosafety
Environment Agency Austria (EAA)
Spittelauer Laende 5
Vienna
Austria, 1090
Phone:+43 1 31304 3032
Fax:+43 1 31304 3700
Email:andreas.heissenberger@umweltbundesamt.at
Url:Website of the Environment Agency Austria