Dr Ana Batalha is a veterinarian with a Master degree in Public Health. She brings 25 years’ experience in the food safety field at national, EU and international levels.  She was Head of the Veterinary Pharmacy Unit and developed the National Veterinary Pharmacovigilance System in Portugal. She joined the European Commission on 1996 to work on pharmacovigilance, EU policy and legislation and later on SPS bilateral agreements with third countries in DG SANCO.

As a Counsellor in the Permanent Representation of Portugal to the EU in Brussels from 2001, she was then responsible for SPS questions and food safety legislation during 7 years.  She was then a Technical Adviser at EDES COLEACP (an EC SPS support programme), coordinating the interventions in ACP countries, and strengthening the official food safety control system.

Dr Batalha is a certified assessor of the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE PVS Pathway tool) and has performed many OIE evaluations in Africa, Latin America and Asia.  She is a Joint External Evaluation assessor for the World Health Organization.