Dr Pat O’Mahony has been the Chief Specialist in Food Science & Technology with the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) since September 2000. He has a B.Sc. in microbiology, an M.Sc. in biotechnology and a Ph.D. in plant molecular Biology. In his current role with the FSAI, he has responsibility for a number of regulatory areas including novel food, GM food, nanotechnology, irradiated food, food allergens and food fraud detection. He represents Ireland at the OECD Working Group for the Safety of Novel Food and Feed and is on the EU novel food Working Group where the regulatory status of Cannabis sativa (Hemp) and derived products such as CBD oil are regularly discussed. He also represents Ireland on three EFSA Expert Networks dealing with novel food, GM food and Nanotechnology.