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Biosafety Expert
Record information and status
Record ID
112310
Status
Published
Date of creation
2017-07-28 08:44 UTC (german_bch@bvl.bund.de)
Date of publication
2017-08-02 18:48 UTC (melissa.willey@cbd.int)

General information
Nominating Government
  • Germany
Profile of the Expert
I am senior scientific officer in the Unit 405 (Traceability, Methods of Detection, Biosafety Clearing-House) of the Genetic Engineering Department at the German Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety. My work concerns the development and validation of analytical methods for detection and identification of LMO. All methods are published in an official method collection according to Article 28b of the German Gene Technology Act. 
Personal Information
Coordinates
Dr. Lutz Grohmann
Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety
Dept. Genetic Engineering / Unit 405
Berlin
Germany, 10117
Phone:+49 30 18445-6503
Fax:+49 30 18445-6099
Email:lutz.grohmann@bvl.bund.de
Gender
  • Male
Nationalities
  • German
Date of birth
1956
Place of birth
Germany
Current employment
Employer / Organization
Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety
Acronym
BVL
Type of organization
  • Government agency (National/federal)
Department / Division / Unit
Genetic Engineering
Start date
2005
Main responsibilities
The Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety (BVL) has to publish an official collection of methods for sampling and LMO analysis according to the German Gene Technology Act (Article 28b). In frame of this task I am responsible for detection method development, validation and publication in this collection. Furthermore, I am responsible for harmonisation and standardisation of LMO detection methods at the international level (EN/ISO standardisation).  
Employment history
Countries or regions where you have worked
  • Germany
Previous employment
Employer / Organization
several accredited private LMO testing laboratories
Start date
1996
Ending date
2005
Type of organization
  • Private sector (business and industry)
Main areas of responsibility
R&D of real-time PCR detection and quantification methods (LMO, species, pathogens)
Previous employment
Employer / Organization
Institut für Genbiologische Forschung
Acronym
IGF
Start date
1990
Ending date
1996
Type of organization
  • Academic or research institute
Main areas of responsibility
Research in the area of molecular biology of plant mitochondria
Formal education
First Degree or other academic distinction and subject
Example: B.Sc. in Microbiology
M.Sc. in Biology (Diplom)
Name of academic institution
Freie Universität Berlin
Start date
1977
Ending date
1985
Formal education
Second Degree or other academic distinction and the subject
Example: M.Sc. in Microbiology
Ph.D. in Molecular Biology
Name of academic institution
Max-Planck-Institute for Molecular Genetics
Start date
1986
Ending date
1990
Areas of Expertise
Main areas of expertise
  • Compliance and Enforcement
  • Import / Export control
  • Scientific and technical expertise
  • LMO detection
  • LMO identification
  • Molecular biology
  • Traceability
Publications
List most important publications related to the expert main field of expertise.
Paracchini V, Petrillo M, Reiting R, Angers-Loustau A, Wahler D, Stolz A, Pecoraro, S, Busch U, Patak A, Kreysa J, Grohmann L (2017) Molecular characterization of an unauthorized genetically modified Bacillus subtilis production strain identified in a vitamin B 2 feed additive. Food Chemistry 230: 681-689
Grohmann L, Belter A, Speck B, Goerlich O, Guertler P, Angers-Loustau A, Patak A (2017) Screening for six genetically modified soybean lines by an event-specific multiplex PCR method: Collaborative trial validation of a novel approach for GMO detection. Journal of Consumer Protection and Food Safety 12: 23-36
Grohmann L, Reiting R, Maede D, Uhlig S, Simon K, Frost K, Zur K (2015) Collaborative trial validation of cry1Ab/Ac and Pubi-cry TaqMan-based real-time PCR assays for detection of DNA derived from genetically modified Bt plant products. Accreditation and Quality Assurance 20: 85-96
Awards and Professional Memberships
Technical committees, expert panels or advisory bodies served
European Network of GMO Laboratories (ENGL) Steering Committee
CEN TC 275 WG11 Genetically modified foodstuffs and species analysis
ISO TC 34 SC16 Horizontal methods for molecular biomarker analysis
Language proficiency
"A" = Excellent, "B" = Good, "C" = Fair
Mother Tongue
  • German
Speaking / Level (A B C)
  • English
/A
Reading / Level (A B C)
  • English
/A
Writing / Level (A B C)
  • English
/A
References
References
Abteilung Gentechnik
Genetic Engineering
Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety (BVL)
Mauerstrasse 39-42
Berlin
Germany, 10117
Phone:+49-(0)3018-445-6500
Fax:+49-(0)3018-445-6099
Email:german_bch@bvl.bund.de
Url:http://www.biosafety-bch.de/,BVL homepage (English)
Additional Information
Additional Information
Active Member of the BCH Network of Laboratories for the Detection and Identification of LMOs
Other relevant website address or attached documents