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Biosafety Expert (EXP)

last updated: 06 May 2020
General Information
Profile of the expert
Since 2005 I am scientific officer in the Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety, the German competent authority for LMO. I am responsible for the risk assessment and risk management of LMOs in applications for the deliberate release and applications for placing on the market according to German and EU law and the preparation of decisions and national statements.
My expertise comprises genetics, including population and molecular genetics, food/feed safety assessment based on nutritional, toxicological and feeding studies as well as in environmental risk assessments.
Regulatory aspects of new molecular techniques esp. Gene Drives, RNAi and genome editing techniques are another focus of my work.
I provide expertise in the area of risk assessment and risk management to the German government in context with the Cartagena Protocol and was member of the German delegation in recent conferences under the CBD.

- Person: Dr. Werner Schenkel | BCH-CON-DE-254034-4
Dr. Werner Schenkel
BVL Dienststelle Berlin-Mitte / Mauerstrasse Mauerstr. 39 - 42 10117 Berlin
Berlin, Berlin
10117, Germany
Phone: +49 30 18445-6306,
Fax: +49 30 18445-6099,
  • German
Details of current employment
Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety (BVL)
Government agency (National/Federal)
Genetic Engineering / Deliberate Release and Placing on the Market
Government agency (National/Federal)
processing of: - applications for experimental release of LMO according to German law (Genetic Engineering Act, GenTG) and 2001/18/EC - applications for the placing on the market of LMO according to 2001/18/EC - applications for import and processing of food/feed consisting of or produces from LMO according to 1829/2003/EC - applications for cultivation of LMO according to 1829/2003/EC or 2001/18/EC RA/RM expertise in context with the Cartagena Protocol
Employment history
  • Germany
Technische Universität München (TUM)
Plant Breeding and Agronomy
Academic or research institute
As Project manager for field trials of LMO I was responsible for the safe handling and monitoring of LMO in these trials. For application dossiers I had to prepare environmental risk assessments and develop practical risk management measures for the execution of field trials. At the same time I participated an initiated international projects with partners in Indonesia, Namibia, Botswana, Eswatini and Brazil. The common topic of these projects was the preservation and utilization of biodiversity of crop plants. This included the development of a participatory breeding strategy for neglected crops with small scale farmers.
Post-secondary education A. Formal education
First Degree
M.Sc. Agricultural Sciences (Dilpom-Ingenieur argrar.)
Technical University Munich
Second Degree (e.g. M.Sc. in Microbiology)
Ph.D. in Plantbreeding and molecular Genetics (Dr. agr.)
Technical University Munich
Areas of expertise
  • Food safety
  • Environmental risk assessment
  • Risk management
  • • Strassheim S., Schenkel W. (2018). Existing rules cover gene-drive usage.  Nature 554(7691): 169. DOI: 10.1038/d41586-018-01623-z
  • • Schenkel, W., G. Leggewie (2015). New techniques in molecular biology challenge the assessment of modified organisms. J. Verbr. Lebensm. 10: 263. doi:10.1007/s00003-015-0958-4
  • • Bartsch, D., U. Ehlers, A. Gathmann, C. Kula, A. Meisner, U. Middelhoff, A. Scheepers, W. Schenkel, M. Streloke (2014) Environmental risk assessment of glyphosate tolerant H7-1 sugar beet. Tagungsbeitrag 74. IIRB-Kongress Dresden (D)
  • open ended online forum on risk assessment and risk management 2016
    open ended online forum on risk assessment and risk management 2018
Language proficiency
  • German
Language Level
English excellent
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Other Publications

• Bartsch, D., Stein, A., Schenkel, W. et al. (2015) Neue Entwicklungen in der Gentechnik - neue Ansätze für das behördliche Handeln? J. Verbr. Lebensm. 10: 171. doi:10.1007/s00003-015-0945-9
• Schenkel W., Massawe F., Sangwan R.S., Ng Q. (2003) Crop improvement and breeding in: Promotion of bambara groundnut: latest development of bambara groundnut research. Publisher: International Plant Genetic Resources Institute (IPGRI)Editors: Begemann F, Mukema I, Obel-Lawson E.
• Massawe F., Schenkel W.; Basu S., Temba E.M. (2003) Artificial hybridisation in bambara groundnut (Vigna subterranea (L.) Verdc.) Proceedings of the International Bambara Groundnut Symposium, At: Botswana College of Agriculture. Botswana Volume: 1 (193-209)
• Schenkel, W., E. Sticksel and G. Wenzel (2002): Development of a Bambara Groundnut core collection from IITA germplasm based on characterisation and evaluation data. In: Challenges to Organic Farming and Sustainable Land Use in the Tropics and Subtropics (A. Deininger Hrsg.). Kassel University Press GmbH, Kassel.
• Wenzel G., H.J. Reents, W. Schenkel. Die Kartoffel - Spiegelbild von Entwicklungsabschnitten in der Biologie. In: Kartoffelbau 53, 444-447 (2002).
• Baresel J. P., H. J. Reents, W. Schenkel. Screening of annual legumes as living mulches for alternative cropping systems in Germany. Proc. 24 Eucarpia Fodder Crops and Amenity Grasses Meeting, Braunschweig, 2002
• Fleissner, K., E. Sticksel and W. Schenkel (2002): Participatory breeding approach of neglected crops - experience with Bambara Groundnut (Vigna subterranea) in Northern Namibia. In: Challenges to Organic Farming and Sustainable Land Use in the Tropics and Subtropics (A. Deininger Hrsg.). Kassel University Press GmbH, Kassel.
• Schenkel W.: Entwicklung Aluminium-toleranter Sojabohnen, Analyse verschiedener Züchtungsmethoden. Dissertation eingereicht bei: Technische Universität München , Fakultät Wissenschaftszentrum Weihenstephan für Ernährung, Landnutzung und Umwelt. 2001.