Dr Edmund Plattner has graduated in Chemistry (Technical University, Vienna, AT) and in Toxicology (University of Surrey, Guildford, UK). He started to work for five years at the Austrian Federal Institute for Food Control and Food Research in Vienna, and switched then to the Austrian Ministry for Health working there for more than 15 years on dangerous chemicals and preparations and on plant protection products. From the year 1999 on he was acting in the Austrian Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management as Head of the Division responsible for biocides and has represented the Austrian Competent Authority for Biocidal Products at EU-level since then. At the end of 2013 Mr Plattner retired, but was contracted as adviser for further 2 years by this Ministry. From 2002 to 2013 he was also acting as chair of the OECD-Task Force on Biocides. Now, he is still engaged in the area of biocides as private consultant.