Director General, General Directorate of Food and Control, Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Livestock
İrfan Erol, graduated from Ankara University, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in 1985. He earned
his PhD degree from Freie University Berlin, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Institute of Food
Hygiene in Germany, in 1991. He became an associate professor in October 1993 and a
professor in March 1999. He worked as a visiting scientist Freie University Berlin in 1996 and
Wisconsin University, Food Research Institute, Department of Food Microbiology and Toxicology
in the USA in 2000 and 2001. His specialties are food microbiology and molecular microbiology,
food safety and public health, and food legislation.
He has been served as a representative of Turkey at the World Veterinary Association (WVA),
and a Member of Advisory Board of Hygiene Group at Federation of Veterinarians of Europe
(FVE), a Member of National Food Codex Commission at the Ministry of Food Agriculture and
Livestock, a Member of Council of Higher Education (YÖK)- Inter University Council, a Member of
VHAG Executive Committee and Advisory Boards of TOVAG and UME at TUBİTAK, Members of
the Advisory Boards of TURKAK, TÜBA-Working Group on Food and Nutrition and EFSA, and
also national representative at Codex Alimentarius Committee. He was head of the Department of
Food Hygiene and Technology between the years of 2003 and 2012.
He acts as a Chief Veterinary Officer (CVO), a delegate for World Organisation for Animal Health
(OIE) and congress chairman of 32nd World Veterinary Congress. He is also selected a member
of the ILSI (Europe Scientific Advisory Committee).
He has many national and international publications and he is writer of four books published in
Turkey and in the USA. Moreover, he is a member or editor of many national and international
Prof. Dr. İrfan Erol, who has been Director General of the Food and Control at the Ministry of
Food, Agriculture and Livestock since February 2012, is married and has two children.