International Regulatory Affairs Advisor
Joris Geelen is founder and manager of Food Law Consult. As international regulatory expert Joris provides regulatory and scientific services in the fields of food, supplements, and cosmetics.
Joris started his professional career in the Research & Development department of a multinational chemical and pharmaceutical company. Those eight years taught him that in depth knowledge of technical and scientific data is crucial to identify the ideal approach to market your product.
Joris worked for 7 years in the Belgian Ministry of Health where he gained knowledge of European food law, food supplements and traditional herbal medicines. He worked with the experts of the Advisory Commission on Botanicals and extended his knowledge of these diverse ingredients. Together with the authorities of France and Italy and three renown experts in pharmacognosy and botany he started a project for harmonization called BELFRIT. This harmonization project resulted in major regulatory changes in all countries involved.
He was the chairman of the Policy Advisory Board in the European project PlantLIBRA which extended his broad network of authorities and experts on botanicals. With more than 12 years of experience in the private and public sector he has built an extensive network with connections to authorities, scientific experts, lawyers, sector associations and firms. He recently followed a university course on immunity and has an extensive knowledge of the traditional use of plants to improve immunity.