I. General Information

Address in Scotland:

Dr. Ólafur Sveinn Oddgeirsson,
Traquair Park West, Edinburgh EH7 12AN Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

United Kingdom


Phone numbers:

+44 771 31 22 333  or +44 131 463 55 75





Date of birth:

9. January 1951


Icelandic / British

Marital status:



Five, born: 1970, 1976, 1978, 1988, 1989


1972-1977: Veterinary studies,
Vet. University,
Hanover, Germany – Tierärztliche Hochschule, Hannover,


1978-1980, food legislation, meat inspection, food
science, food technoloy
Veterinary University, Hannover, Germany,
title: Dr. Med. Vet.


Read, write and speak: Icelandic, German, English, Danish (read and speak), French (read)

Language skills : (Mark 1 to 5 for competence, where 1 is the highest)

Language Passive Spoken Written


1 1 1


1 1 1


1 1 1


2 2 4


2 3 5

Membership of professional bodies:
1984 – 1986, Editor of the Icelandic veterinary journal; 1990 to 1993, member of the “mastitis group” of the International Dairy Federation (A2). ; 1991 to 1992 President of the Icelandic Veterinary. Association; 1992 to 1997, The Icelandic National editor for the Acta Veterinarica Scandinavica; From 1978, Member of the Icelandic Veterinary Association and president from 1991-1992; From 1999 member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons

Other skills :
Has attended an Open University course in computer programming, “an object oriented approach”, ID: M206, 1998, and, at the FDDI Institute in Mechelen Belgium, a seminar on LINUX, a UNIX-compatible operating system. Training in installation, configuration and administration of the that system. Some experience of programming, PHP and MySQL.

Present position: Managing director, Food Control Consultants Ltd.

Years within the company: 17

II. Some key qualifications :

A. General:

  • 20 + years of experiencing in upgrading of EU agri-food business to EU standards, auditing of food establishment, verification of compliance, elaboration of plans and programs for upgrading.
  • Thorough knowledge of the Aquis Communautaire in the field of veterinary public health, animal health and border controls.
  • Introduction and evaluation of HACCP and GMP systems in food establishments. Lectures and seminars in that field.
  • Providing software (databases) for assessment of agri-food businesses – laptops – hand held devices.
  • Assessment of official national supervision of the food industry including legal framework, enforcement agencies, laboratories and checks on imports. Providing transpositions of EU rules and regulations and framework law in the veterinary field. Numerous lectures on EU veterinary rules.
  • Advice to government on compliance with EU third country rules and regulations concerning export of food of animal origin to the European Union. Several lectures on EU import regime.
  • Animal identification systems and veterinary border posts, tracing and tracking of animals and products of animal origin.

B. Specific experience:

Country – time from – to

Specific experience

Argentina, 2003 and 2004.

Assessment of several beef slaughterhouses. Lectures on EU veterinary legislation for government officials and industry representatives.

UK 2001

Participating in Food and Mouth Disease campaign in the Scottish Borders during an outbreak

Belgium (ESA-EFTA) 1992-1999.

Responsible for evaluation of food processing establishments, including fish and fish products in Iceland and Norway.

Belgium EU DG SANCO 2006-2007
Key Expert

Implementation of DG SANCO project on identification, handling and disposal of animal by-products under the “Better Training for Safer Food” initiative

Belgium DG Enlargement, TAIEX office. 2002 – 2004.
Team Leader

Assessment of improvements in establishment processing food of animal origin, slaughterhouses, meat processing plants, dairy plants and fish processing plants (Peer reviews).

Belgium DG Enlargement, TAIEX office. 1999 – 2006.
Key Expert

Assessment of veterinary systems applied in the 12 countries concerned, development of strategy for transposition and implementation. Several lectures on EU veterinary legislation in each country.

Belgium DG Enlargement, TAIEX office. 2006-2007
Key Expert

Same assessment of veterinary rules and regulations, including lectures on veterinary public health (Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia Herzegovina, Kosovo, FYR of Macedonia, Albania)

Belgium DG Enlargement, TAIEX office. 2003 – 2010.
Key Expert

Regional training program for food and feed. Lectures in several new Member States and Candidate Countries.

China 2005; Key Expert

Lectures on SPS agreement and EU food safety legislation (EU DG Trade)

Cyprus 2000 – 2005; Team Leader

Evaluation of upgrading of two large dairy plants. Regular visits for 2 years

FYROM, 2006; Team Leader

Framework project on assessment of long term BIP’s in fYROM. Make recommendations for design and prepare tender dossiers for a following supply tender

Iceland Oct 2001 – Nov 2002 (1 year project); Key Expert.

Field study on animal identification, registration and movement control. Project Eurovet.

Iceland 1999 – to present – several times every year.

Numerous lectures on EU veterinary public health. Evaluation of food establishments. Elaboration of reports on EU food safety laws, on reference laboratories and on BSE.

Kazakhstan 2006; Team Leader

EU project, assessment of the Kazakhstan veterinary regime. Training of veterinary officials, EU rules on veterinary public health and general veterinary supervision.

Malta Regular visits from 2001 – 2004.

Created the transpositions of the complete veterinary legislation for Malta’s membership to the EU) in cooperation with the company’s lawyer. Elaboration of draft legal acts for the whole veterinary chapter including food safety, animal welfare, zootechnics and veterinary medicinal products.

North Cyprus 2007
Key Expert

TAIEX mission to develop a strategy for transposition and implementation of the EU veterinary legislation. . Assessment of the region’s future needs for veterinary and veterinary public health (food safety) technical assistance. Prepare Terms of Reference.

Russian Federation 2007-08; Senior Expert.

Approximation of EU and RF legislative and methodological basis in Sanitary and Phytosanitary area, Russia Federation. Lectures on EU veterinary systems, animal health, veterinary public health, inspections / auditing and import regime.

Brussels, for DG SANCO, team leader; 2008-2010.

Analysis of the costs and benefits of setting a target for the reduction of Salmonella in fattening and breeding pigs. A project carried out in cooperation with Agri Livestock Consultants Ltd under participation of the Royal Veterinary College in London.

UK 2014-15

Team leader, project FS 517005, Improved Food Chain Information (FCI) and Collection and Communication of Inspection Results (CCIR). For the UK Food Standards Agency

Brussels – ACP countries, 2010-2016. Responsible for official controls and laboratory support.

Strengthening Food Safety Systems through SPS measures in Affrica, Caribbean and Pacific countries (ACP), a programme to improve the contribution of food and feed trade to poverty reduction in ACP beneficiary countries.  Providing lectures on laboratory management, food safety and SPS issues in Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania and Ghana.  Country coordinator for the Pacific and Caribbean regions. Responsible for full project cycle, assessment, implementation and final evaluation.

III. Employment record:

Date :

From July 1999 to today


63 Traquair Park West, Edinburgh, EH12 7AN


Food Control Consultants Ltd.,


Managing director


Responsible for day to day running of the company. Clients are governments of individual countries and individual companies. Providing support for upgrading of EU agri-food business to EU standards,
auditing of food establishment, verification of compliance, elaboration of plans and programmes for upgrading.
Lectures and seminars on that issue. For indication on projects, see above.


Date :

1992 to 1999


Brussels, Belgium


EFTA Surveillance Authority,


Senior Officer


As Senior Officer of the EFTA Surveillance Authority, in Brussels, responsible for the supervision of the uniform application and implementation in the EFTA States of a number of EU Directives covering fish and fish products, fresh meat, meat products, milk and milk products, residues in food of animal origin, fresh poultry meat, animal health issues, and other relevant decisions and recommendations in these fields.

Lead inspector in numerous inspection missions to the EFTA States and observer in several inspection missions to the EU Member States in co-operation with the Food and Veterinary Office of the EU (FVO).

Participated in negotiations on the EEA Agreement in the veterinary field. Responsible for supervising the introduction of EEA border inspection posts in Iceland and Norway, as these countries became part of the EU’s external veterinary border.
Inspected all the selected sites in 1998 and 1999 and evaluated the construction plans and progress made.


Date :

1982 to 1992


Reykjavik, Iceland ,


Institute of Dairy Research. Central dairy laboratory




Responsible to the board of directors for the financial and daily running of the company. Number of employers: 10, including 5 with university education. Annual turnover of ca. 300 000, pound sterling.

Planned and established the laboratory on behalf of the Icelandic dairy industry. As the director of the institute, responsible for mastitis research and control in Iceland. Participating in providing a continuing education for veterinarians, the personnel of the dairy industry and dairy farmers, covering the general aspects of environmental hygiene and education concerning mastitis control and protection.


Date :

1981 to 1982




Institute of Environmental Health


Project manager


Investigating the conditions in the dairy plants in Iceland. Reporting to the Ministry of Health.


Date :

1978 to 1981


Hannover, Germany


Institute of Meat Inspection and Food hygiene of the Veterinary College


Scientific assistant


Responsible for the detection of residues in meat and meat products. Participating in the training of veterinary students within the field of meat inspection and food control.

IV. Other activities:

1985 August to January 1986,
In Edinburgh, Scotland, carrying out research into genetic traits linked to immune response to mastitis pathogens in cattle.

1984 – 1986,
Editor of the Icelandic veterinary journal.

1987 – 1990,
Project manager, mastitis project in North-Iceland. Impact of environmental factors on mastitis.

1990 to 1993,
Member of the “mastitis group” of the International Dairy Federation (A2).

During 1990’s,
Project manager, establishing a computer network for the dairy plants in Iceland. Assistant system administrator (Unix system) for the network until leaving for Brussels.

1991 to 1992
President of the Icelandic Veterinary. Association.

1991 to 1993,
Tutor for two laboratory scientists successfully obtaining the degree of Bachelor of Science at the Technical University of Iceland.

1992 to 1997,
The Icelandic National editor for the Acta Veterinarica Scandinavica.

V. Publications:

1981, Vergleichende Untersuchungen zur meßtechnischen Erfassung von Fleischpreßflächen; Archiv für Lebensmittelhygiene. 1982, Report: The dairy industry in Iceland, the state of the industry and conditions for milk production; published by the National Institute of Environmental Health.

A.1984 Mastitis, aetiology and consequences (Júgubólga, orsakir og afleiðingar): Published by the Institute of Dairy Research.

B.1984, Cell count in milk and mastitis; Icelandic dairy journal

1986, Tissue types in cattle. The Icelandic veterinary journal.

1988, Oddgeirsson, O., P.S. Simpson, A.L.G. Morgan D.S. Ross & R.L. Spooner. Relationship between the bovine major histocompatibility complex (BoLA), erythrocyte markers and susceptibility; Animal Genetics

1988, Cells in the Milk, Icelandic dairy journal

1990, Simpson, P.S., O. Oddgeirsson, J.V. Jonmundsson R. Oliver, Association between the bovine major histo- compatibility complex (BoLA) and milk production in Icelandic dairy cattle; Animal genetics.

1990, Few remarks concerning infectious mastitis; Icelandic Vet. Journal.

1994, Eiríkur Jónsson, Ólafur Oddgeirsson og Jón Viðar Jónmundsson: Factors effecting somatic cell counts in Icelandic cows. Búvísindi 8: 27-40

2000: For the Icelandic Government: Assessment of the Icelandic veterinary and food safety regulations with regard to EU rules in the same field.  GAB analysis and impact assessment on the Icelandic agriculture.

2001: Report on BSE and new variant Creutzfeld-Jacob disease (eCJD).  Risk and risk factors for humans and animals.  (Skýrsla um kúariðu (BSE) og nýtt afbrigði af Creutzfeldt-Jakob sjúkdómi (vCJD) Áhætta og smitleiðir fyrir menn og dýr). Dr. med. Vilhjálmur Rafnsson og med. Ólafur Oddgeirsson;

2005: Report on EU reference laboratories for the Icelandic Government.

2006: For the Faculty of Law, University of Iceland:  Evaluation of a draft law on veterinary matters, food safety and feeding stuffs, presented to the Icelandic Parliament in 2008.  Dr. Olafur Oddgeirsson and Prof. Stefan Mar Stefansson.

2011, Good manufacturing practise, chapter 31 in: Handbook of Food Safety Engineering Professor Da-Wen Sun, Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd, 16/11/2012; ISBN: 1444355325; Pages: 840.

2017,  in “Trends in Fish Processing Technologies”, chapter on Food Safety Management in Fish Processing Units by Anca Ioana Nicolau and Olafur Oddgeirsson. October 26, 2017 by CRC Press; Reference – 331 Pages – 23 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781498729178 – CAT# K25956. Series: Contemporary Food Engineering.  See also here

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