Claire Stephenson
Claire L. Stephenson, Ph.D.
Managing Scientist
Chemical Regulation & Food Safety
  • Harrogate (UK)

Dr. Stephenson is a pesticide residues and dietary exposure specialist with over 10 years’ experience gained working with the UK regulatory authority, the Chemicals Regulation Directorate (CRD) of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). In her previous role, Dr. Stephenson had primary responsibility for maximum residue levels (MRLs) and was the UK’s technical representative on the Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed (SCoPAFF) and Residues Working Group. She also sat as the UK representative on the European Council Codex Alimentarius Working Party and has been the UK national expert at EFSA peer review meetings for active substance authorization and the review of MRLs. Dr. Stephenson has significant experience evaluating metabolism and residue data packages, identifying data gaps and study deficiencies as well as preparing regulatory dossiers.

Dr. Stephenson is an expert in the deterministic and probabilistic dietary risk assessment of pesticides, having developed and maintained risk assessment models used by the UK regulatory authority and participated in EFSA and EU-funded projects on developing risk assessment methodologies. These projects included the EU-FP7 ACROPOLIS Project on cumulative and aggregate exposure. In her former role, Dr. Stephenson was responsible for the evaluation of all types of regulatory submission and provided the lead residues input for a number of global workshare active substances. She has an excellent understanding of global regulatory procedures in the areas of residues and MRLs and has contributed to the development of key EU guidance including fish metabolism, crop field trials and pheromones. Dr. Stephenson was also involved in reporting for and developing the UK monitoring programme, run by the Defra Expert Committee on Pesticide Residues in Food (PRiF), assessing dietary risk and compliance with MRLs, as well as sitting on the Analytical Sub Group (ASG). She has provided bespoke training as well as assisting in drafting national legislation on MRLs and compliance-monitoring in many EU Member States and candidate countries.

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Marine Biology, University of Hull, UK, 2007
  • B.Sc., (Honours) 2:1 Biology, University of Hull, UK, 2002

Publications

Boon P, van Donkersgoed G, […], Stephenson CL., Strömberg A, Turrini A, van der Voet H, Ziegler P, Hamey PY, van Klaveren JD. Cumulative dietary exposure to a selected group of pesticides of the triazole group in different European countries according to the EFSA guidance on probabilistic modelling. Food and Chemical Toxicology 2015; 79:13–31.

van Klaveren JD, van Donkersgoed G, van der Voet H, Stephenson CL, Boon PE. Cumulative exposure assessment of triazole pesticides. RIKILT, Wageningen, Netherlands, 2009.

Brown R, Carter J, Dewhurst I, Stephenson CL, Tessier S. Applicability of thresholds of toxicological concern in the dietary risk assessment of metabolites, degradation and reaction products of pesticides, CRD, UK, 2009.

Presentations

Stephenson CL. Pesticide emergency authorisations in Europe—An increasingly important tool for fresh produce growers. Audax Seminar: Pesticide Risk Management and Pesticide Updates, UK, October 2015.

Stephenson CL. Pesticide residues in fish. Exponent residues workshop, European Crop Protection Association (ECPA) residues workshop – The current and future challenges, Brussels, Belgium, 2015. 

Stephenson CL. Residue definitions. Exponent residues workshop, European Crop Protection Association (ECPA) residues workshop – The current and future challenges, Brussels, Belgium, 2015. 

Stephenson CL. Cumulative risk assessment. Exponent residues workshop, European Crop Protection Association (ECPA) residues workshop – The current and future challenges, Brussels, Belgium, 2015. 

Stephenson CL. UK authority view on cumulative risk assessment. 12th International Fresenius Conference on “Food Safety and Dietary Risk Assessment,” Mainz, Germany, March 2014. 

Stephenson CL, Sceponaviciene S. MRLs and monitoring workshop. Project: Support to Moldova in the field of norms and standards in food safety for plant origin products. Chisinau, Moldova, October 2012. 

Hetherton C, Stephenson CL. Residues workshop. Project: Harmonisation of national legislation with EU legislation for placing on the market and control of Plant protection Products and implementation of new legal provisions, Serbia, September 2011. 

Posters


Williams GL, Scrivens R, Stephenson CL. A regulatory authority’s experiences of conversion factors: a perspective from the residue chemists in the UK Chemicals Regulation Directorate (CRD). Poster presentation, 9th European Pesticide Residue Workshop (EPRW), Vienna, Austria, 2012. 

Stephenson CL, Hetherton CL, Nawaz S. Comparison of strategies for recovery correction in pesticide residues monitoring. Poster presentation, 8th European Pesticide Residue Workshop (EPRW) Strasbourg, France, 2010. 

Stephenson CL. UK pesticide residue monitoring (1995–present): Trends and fluctuations in the frequency and concentration of residues in fruit and vegetables. Poster presentation, 7th European Pesticide Residue Workshop (EPRW), Berlin, Germany, 2008. 


Prior Experience

Senior Scientific Officer (MRLs Lead), Chemicals Regulation Directorate, 2011–2014

Higher Scientific Officer, Chemicals Regulation Directorate, 2007–2011

Scientific Officer, Chemicals Regulation Directorate, 2005–2007

Post-graduate Research Student, University of Hull, 2002– 2005

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CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Marine Biology, University of Hull, UK, 2007
  • B.Sc., (Honours) 2:1 Biology, University of Hull, UK, 2002