Prof. Piet van der Meer
Piet van der Meer is trained as a biologist and a lawyer at the University of Leiden, the Netherlands, with specialisations in microbiology and ecology, as well as in environmental and international law.
From 1986 until 1999, he was in charge of biosafety regulation in the Netherlands, heading a team of legal and scientific professionals that handled requests for contained use, field trials and placing on the market of genetically modified organisms. During this time he was closely involved in the development of the EC Directives on GMOs, and he participated on behalf of the Netherlands in many international fora, such as the OECD, Council of Europe, the Convention on Biological Diversity, the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, the Biological Weapons Convention, and acted as chair in many of these fora. He also provided frequent training on the legal and scientific aspects of biosafety regulations and risk assessment.
From 1999 to 2002, Piet van der Meer managed the capacity building project “Implementation of National Biosafety Frameworks of the pre-accession countries in Central and Eastern Europe”, aimed at laying a firm foundation for the development of national biosafety frameworks consistent international and EU obligations.
From December 2002 to May 2004 he served as programme manager of the UNEP-GEF projects on Implementation of National Biosafety Frameworks, aimed at assisting participating countries in establishing and implementing workable and transparent national biosafety systems.
Piet van der Meer operates since August 2004 as an independent consultant, offering consulting and management services in the fields of international and national environmental policies an regulations, with a particular specialisation on biotechnology regulation. His clients are mainly governments and international organisations.
Since 2006 he is a guest professor at the Faculty of Sciences at the Ghent University, and from 2012 to 2015 also at the Faculty of Law of the Ghent University. Since 2014 he is also a guest professor at the Free University of Brussels, Belgium
Over the years, Piet van der Meer has provided scientific and regulatory support for biotechnology regulation in over 50 countries and to over many national and international organisations.