Dick Sijm, Bureau Risicobeoordeling & onderzoek (BuRO) van de Nederlandse Voedsel- en Warenautoriteit (NVWA)
Dick studied chemistry at the University of Amsterdam and earned his Ph.D. from Utrecht University in 1992. He continued his career as assistant professor and head of unit of environmental chemistry at the Research Institute of Toxicology at Utrecht University. He stayed some time in Winnipeg (Canada) and Uppsala (Sweden) to perform research. From 1993-1998 he was chair of the Environmental Chemistry Section of the Royal Dutch Chemical Society.
In 1997 he moved to the National Institute of Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), where he took several positions: first as coordinator for setting environmental quality standards, then as coordinator of existing substances under the Existing Substances Regulation EC/793/93. He was member of the Dutch (and Luxembourg) negotiation teams for the preparation of the REACH Regulation EC/1907/2006; and started as Head of Bureau REACH and head of unit, from 2005-2016. In this latter period, he was alternate Dutch member of the Management Board of the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) as well as Dutch spokesman and co-chair of the OESO Joint Meeting of the Chemicals Committee and the Working Party on Chemicals, Pesticides and Biotechnology.
Since 2016, Dick has been head of the risk assessment unit at the Office of Risk Assessment & Research at the Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Autority.
Since 2018, he has held a chair as extraordinary professor on food safety in a sustainable economy at Maastricht University.
Combined exposure to multiple chemicals: assessing risks across regulatory silos