David Dillon
David Dillon, Ph.D.
Senior Managing Scientist
Chemical Regulation & Food Safety
  • Harrogate (UK)

Dr. Dillon has over 25 years of experience in the regulation of biocides and other chemicals at both national and European levels. Additionally he brings experience of working in projects and activities within global arenas such as the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

A key element of Dr. Dillon’s role includes the provision of strategic scientific, regulatory, and policy advice to clients wishing to place new biocidal active substances and products onto the EU market and to develop product stewardship strategies for existing products or actives through the EU regulatory framework.

Dr. Dillon has gained, in both his previous roles in government and industry, extensive experience in EU legislative process, comitology, and machinery of government. He has also sat either as a regulator or industry representative on a wide range of EU biocide committees, working groups, and technical workshops, (e.g., EU Competent Authority meetings, Technical meetings, EU Product Authorisation Group meetings etc.). This broad experience enables him to bring both a regulatory and an industry view to the work or issue at hand. Dr. Dillon is also very much involved in a number of capacities (organising, chairing, and/or presenting) in relevant international biocide conferences. 

After working in government, Dr. Dillon moved to industry where he spent six and a half years as EU Registration Manager in a global company, planning and managing the delivery of product registrations and re-registration through both EU and national schemes and leading its advocacy and outreach initiatives in the biocides area. 

In his role with Industry, Dr. Dillon was an active participant of the two main Biocide EU Trade Associations, Cefic, and A.I.S.E, chairing or serving on a number of groups and working committees, where as an industry stakeholder he was keen to help ensure harmonisation, transparency, consistency, and fairness within the current and future regulatory frameworks for biocides. 

Prior to joining Exponent, Dr. Dillon’s previous experience includes working for just under 20 years with The Health and Safety Executive (The UK Competent Authority for biocides), where he started as a Scientific Officer and worked his way up to attain the position of Principal Scientific Officer and Section Head for the Efficacy and Chemistry teams within the Chemicals Regulation Directorate. He spent 15 years working within the biocides permissioning scheme and also 4 years as a policy adviser working in HSE’s Chemical Policy Division on asbestos and chemical carcinogens. 

In his time working in government, he has assimilated great experience in the regulation of both national and international chemical control schemes, contributing to development of national and international policy and guidance in that time.

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Chemistry, Oxford Polytechnic, UK, 1989
  • B.Sc., Chemistry and Pharmacology, 2.1 Joint Honours, University of Nottingham, UK, 1985

LANGUAGES

  • French

Publications

The Biocidal Products Directive. Efficacy testing and labelling claims for products. Chemica Oggi, Chemistry Today 2009 Nov/Dec; 27(6).

Dillon DL. Efficacy assessment under the Biocidal Products Directive. An update from the International Conference on Urban Pests (ICUP), Edinburgh, 1996. 3rd International Conference on Urban Pests, Prague, Czech Republic, 1999.

Dillon DL. Efficacy evaluation under the proposed EC Biocides Directive. 2nd International Conference on Urban Pests (ICUP), Edinburgh, Scotland, 1996.

Presentations/Chairing Roles


Dillon DL. Chair: Biocides Symposium 2015. The 6th Symposium focusing on Authorisation of biocidal products within the Biocidal Product Regulation (BPR), Ljubljana, Slovenia, May 2015.

Dillon DL. Chair: Biocides 2014. 17th Annual Biocides Conference, Vienna, Austria, December 2014. 

DL Dillon. Chair: Asian European Biocides Summit, Singapore, September 2014. 

DL Dillon. Presenter: An overview of the new Biocidal Products Regulation. Asian European Biocides Summit, Singapore, September 2014. 

Dillon DL. Chair: Biocides Symposium 2014. The 5th Symposium focusing on Authorisation of biocidal products within the Biocidal Product Regulation (BPR), Bratislava, Slovakia, May 2014. 

Dillon DL. Streamlining and simplification opportunities afforded by the new Biocidal Products Regulation. Union Authorisation and Biocidal Product Families. 2nd Annual European Regulatory Conference, hosted by TSGE, Brussels, Belgium, February 2014. 

Dillon DL. Chair: Biocides 2013. 16th Annual Biocides Conference, Vienna, Austria, November 2014. 

Dillon DL. Chair: Biocides Symposium 2014. The 5th Symposium focusing on Authorisation of biocidal products within the Biocidal Product Regulation (BPR); Bratislava, Slovakia, May 2014. 

Dillon DL. Chair: Biocides 2013. 15th Annual Biocides Conference, Vienna, Austria, November 2013. 

Dillon DL. Opportunities for streamlining and simplification afforded by the new Biocidal Products Regulation Informa Life Sciences. 20th Annual Conference on biocides, Barcelona, Spain, September 2013. 

Dillon DL. Chair: 4th Symposium focusing on Authorisation of biocidal products within the Biocidal Product Regulation (BPR), Vienna, Austria, May 2013. 

Dillon DL. Opportunities presented by The New Biocidal Products Regulation, Biocidal Product Families and Simplified Authorisation Procedure. 4th Symposium focusing on Authorisation of biocidal products within the Biocidal Product Regulation (BPR), Vienna, Austria, May 2013. 

Dillon DL. Opportunities afforded by BPR—Biocidal Product Family and Simplified Authorisation Procedures. 2nd Stakeholders Symposium, Pesticide Registration and Control Division, Co Kildare, Dublin, Ireland, April 2013. 

Dillon DL. 1st Annual European Regulatory Conference Opportunities and challenges for EU Formulators. Hosted by TSGE, Brussels, Belgium, February 2013. 

Dillon DL. Chair: Biocides 2012. 14th Annual Biocides Conference, Vienna, Austria, November 2012. 

Dillon DL. Challenges faced and progress made towards the development of efficacy guidelines for the evaluation of PT2 disinfectant products under the BPD/R—Informa Life Sciences: 19th Annual Conference on Biocides, Barcelona, Spain, September 2012. 

Dillon DL. Chair: 3rd Symposium focusing on Authorisation of biocidal products within the Biocidal Product Regulation (BPR), Vienna, Austria, June 2012. 

Dillon DL. Simplification and streamlining under the Biocidal Products Regulation (BPR). 3rd Symposium focusing on Authorisation of biocidal products within the Biocidal Product Regulation (BPR); Vienna, Austria, June 2012. 

Dillon DL. Biocides 2011: 13th Annual Biocides Conference, Vienna, Austria, November 2011. 
Dillon DL. Introduction and issues—The overall situation and the specific problems with regard to ‘transitioning’ from current national systems or practices and the move to BPD/R. 2nd Symposium by Austrian Ministry for Environment on National Systems or practices for authorising/registering biocidal products and their interaction with the main authorisation/registration procedures according to 98/8/EC, Vienna, Austria, May 2011. 

Dillon DL. Efficacy testing of disinfectants. A focus on challenges and activities centered on Product Type 2. Disinfection and Decontamination Conference, University of Central Lancashire, England, September 2010. 

Dillon DL, Wilson, G. Modifications to product authorisations under BPD/R – Fresenius Conference, Dortmund, Germany, June 2010. 

Dillon DL. Efficacy testing of disinfectants: A focus on challenges and activities centred on Product Type 2 – Biocides 2009. Multinational conference on legal issues and trade aspects of biocidal products; Vienna, Austria, November 2009. 

Dillon DL. Disinfectants, efficacy and labelling – Impact of the Biocidal Products Directive. BACS symposium, Lymm Cheshire, UK, September 2008. 

Dillon DL. Efficacy evaluation under the Biocidal Products Directive. BACS Biocides Label Claim Symposium, Manchester, UK, November 2004. 

Dillon DL. Towards harmonization of the registration of biocides and pesticides. Global Session, NPMA Pestworld Conference, Orlando, FL, USA, 2002. 

Dillon DL. Regulatory requirements for assessment of efficacy as based on the EU Biocides Directive. OECD Efficacy workshop on certain antimicrobial biocides, Washington, DC, USA, April 2002. 

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CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Chemistry, Oxford Polytechnic, UK, 1989
  • B.Sc., Chemistry and Pharmacology, 2.1 Joint Honours, University of Nottingham, UK, 1985

LANGUAGES

  • French