Antoinette van Riel (MSc, ERT, Health Physicist) studied biology with a specialization in toxicology at Wageningen University. She has been working at the Dutch Poisons Information Center (NVIC) in Utrecht since 1998. She reached radiation safety level 3 in 2001, and within the context of NVIC provides advice regarding the health effects of accidents with ionizing radiation. She was registered as a European Registered Toxicologist (ERT) in 2003.
Antoinette van Riel is responsible for day-to-day management of the 24/7 information services at the NVIC, and is closely affiliated with the continuous development of the NVIC database. She is project manager for NVIC-projects regarding disaster management after incidents with hazardous substances and signaling of unsafe consumer products and food supplements.
Antoinette van Riel is also a member of the Commission for Assessment & Monitoring of New Drugs (CAM), which informs the minister of public health regarding the risks of new drugs. In addition, she is a member of the guidance committee for the Drugs Information and Monitoring System (DIMS) at the Trimbos Instituut. DIMS monitors the emergence of new psychoactive substances on the Dutch illicit drug market and keeps track of health incidents with illicit drugs as reported by selected hospitals.
Due to the nature of her work at the NVIC, Antoinette van Riel has gathered a broad medical-toxicological expertise and has an international network within this area of expertise. She is notably interested in the toxicology of illicit drugs, food supplements and incidents with industrial chemicals.