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Tim Herrman

Herrman, Tim
Tim Herrman
Professor, State Chemist and Director of the Office of the Texas State Chemist
445 Agronomy College Station
Ph.D., University of Idaho, 1992

Specialty:Regulatory Science

Serve as the State Chemist and Director of the Office of the Texas State Chemist (OTSC) and professor in the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences, Texas A&M University (December 2004 to present). In my dual role of educator and regulator, I work with students, faculty, university administrators, state and federal regulators, legislators, and manufacturers, distributors, and consumers of feed and fertilizer. My administrative responsibilities include directing a Texas regulatory agency and ISO 17025 accredited laboratories in Texas and Kenya; management of the agency’s regulatory & research budget and infrastructure; and oversight of faculty and staff. My academic responsibilities include providing thought leadership to the global community in the field of regulatory science through teaching, research, outreach, and international development.

Courses Taught
SCSC 629 Laboratory Quality Systems (Summer) – Syllabus - Quality systems and method development used within a laboratory to assess regulated products and environment in agriculture; ensuring the integrity of procedures used in the lab processes, chain of custody, information management, and international laboratory standards; regulatory requirements for laboratory operations; bio-security precautions; laboratory management.
SCSC 689: Hazard Analysis and Preventive Controls for Animal Food (every semester) - Syllabus - Application of hazard analysis and risk-based preventive controls; Science -based approach to identify and manage hazards in feed ingredients and finished feed; Develpment of a written food safety plan to protect animal and human health that align with Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rules and regulations and HACCP principals.
SCSC 634 Regulatory Science: Principles in Food Systems (Spring) – Syllabus - Regulatory tools, standards and approaches in production, processing, and distribution of agricultural goods; development and implementation of regulations; interdependence of federal and state agencies; use of risk analysis.
SCSC 635 Comparative Global Standards (Fall) Syllabus - Laws, regulations, and standards governing the production, distribution, processing, and marketing of food across regions of the world; international standard setting bodies and risk assessment committees; regulatory equivalency and harmonization; product approval procedures; cost/benefits of global standards and trade agreements.
SCSC 636 Regulatory Science Methodology in Food Systems (Fall) – Syllabus - Risk management methodology including investigation of food and feed firms, conducting internal compliance audits; sample collection, chain-of-custody, trace-back and trace-forward, recalls, label review, data interpretation, risk ranking, resource prioritization, incident command and rapid response.