Dr. Tucker is leading Exponent’s chemical regulatory and food safety venture in Asia, having visited and worked in China over much of the last 25 years. Dr. Tucker is a pesticide and biocides regulatory specialist with expertise in toxicology, residues, and dietary exposure. He has over 12 years of experience working for the UK regulatory authority – the Chemicals Regulation Division (CRD) of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).
Dr. Tucker has expertise in Maximum Residue Levels (MRLs). He led a collaborative project between CRD and EFSA for the delivery of EFSA Reasoned Opinions for the first set of active substances reviewed under Article 12 of the EU’s MRL legislation (EU regulation 396/2005). He was the UK’s technical representative on the Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food, and Feed (PAFF), as well as the Residues Working Group. He was also the UK representative on the European Council Codex Alimentarius Working Party (2006–2011) and has been a UK national expert at EFSA peer review meetings for active substance authorization and the review of MRLs.
Dr. Tucker has in-depth expertise in evaluating toxicology, plant and animal metabolism and residues data packages, identifying data gaps and study deficiencies, as well as preparing regulatory dossiers.
In his former role, Dr. Tucker was responsible for the evaluation of all types of regulatory submission and provided the lead toxicology and residues input for a number of OECD workshare active substances (new and existing).
He has comprehensive knowledge of global regulatory procedures in the areas of toxicology, residues, MRLs, validation of analytical methods, and physical chemical properties.
Dr. Tucker was also involved in the UK Pesticide Residues in Food (PRiF) programme, as well as the EU multi-annual control programme, assessing compliance with MRLs and dietary risk in terms of both exposure and toxicology, as well as sitting on the Analytical Sub Group (ASG), 2011–2015.
He has provided training as well as assistance in drafting national legislation on MRLs and compliance-monitoring in EU Member States and candidate countries under the CARDS and Phare programmes including Bulgaria (2009, 2010), Croatia (2008, 2011), Estonia (2008), and Serbia (2012).
CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS
- Ph.D., Physical and Computational Chemistry, University of Sheffield, UK
- B.Sc., Chemistry, University of Sheffield, UK
Tucker AJ. Pesticide residues in food - quantifying risk and protecting the consumer. Trends in Food Science & Technology 19 (2008) S45-S51, doi:10.1016/j.tifs.2008.07.010.
Tucker AJ. Pesticide residues in food - quantifying risk and protecting the consumer. EFSA Scientific Forum, Brussels, 20-21 November 2007.
Tucker AJ. Combining pesticide residue and dietary intake data for internationally agreed approaches to consumer risk assessment - a regulator’s perspective. Fresenius Conference on Food Safety and Dietary Risk Assessment, Cologne , 11-12 December 2006.
Tucker AJ.. Poster presentation: The UK approach to consumer risk assessment modelling. European pesticide residues workshop (EPRW), Greece, 21-25 May 2006.
Higher Scientific Officer (Band 4), Toxicology, Chemicals Regulation Division, 2015–2017
Higher Scientific Officer (Band 4), Pesticide Chemistry and Residues, Chemicals Regulation Division, 2011–2015
Senior Scientific Officer (Band 3), Pesticide Chemistry and Residues (MRL lead), Chemicals Regulation Division, 2010–2011
Higher Scientific Officer (Band 4), Pesticide Chemistry and Residues, Chemicals Regulation Division, 2005–2010
Managing Director (Founder), Adrianic Limited, Sheffield, 2003-2005
Technical Sales Manager, Cairn Technology Limited, Sheffield, UK, 1999-2003
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