Andrew is the Principal Chemist in the Cefas Food Safety Group based at Cefas’ Weymouth laboratory. In his current position he is responsible for the biotoxin analytical chemistry testing in shellfish performed on behalf of the UK competent authorities. His role includes the provision of scientific advice to external and internal customers in relation to toxin-testing methods. He also oversees the development and implementation of new methods for food safety surveillance. Andrew is also responsible for the development of the research activities of the chemistry team, conducting much of the work in collaboration with other organisations.
He has over 17 years postgraduate experience of delivering analytical chemistry in a commercial environment. Current research areas of interest include the development of new instrumental methods for marine biotoxins, assessment of rapid testing methods, validation and implementation of toxin assays and the impact of cyanobacteria on food safety. They also include the development and production of stable reference materials, potential impacts of Tetrodotoxin in Europe, risks from new and emerging toxins and chemical contaminants within UK waters. Andrew represents Cefas as an invited expert in the EU Reference Laboratory Working Group on Marine Toxins and is a member of the AOAC/EURL Training Group for PSP toxin determination.
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