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André Berends

Directorate-General for Justice and Consmers, European Commission
Team Leader Rapid Alert System, Product Safety and Rapid Alert System Unit

Team leader for the EU Rapid Alert System for dangerous non-food products (RAPEX) at the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Justice and Consumers. He is also in charge of the technical supervision of coordinated market surveillance activities by EU Member States that are co-financed through the EU consumer budget. He holds a degree in Biological Sciences as well as a degree in Veterinary Sciences.

André Berends started his career in the pharmaceutical sector and joined the European Commission in 1997, where he has been in charge of a wide range of subjects. Prior to his appointment in his current position, he was team leader of a unit dealing with non-fiscal customs enforcement aspects of general EU policies in the Customs and Taxation DG of the Commission. During that period, he focussed on enhancing the coordination between customs and other enforcement bodies, including market surveillance authorities.