Jan Deconinck is the current Chairman of PROSAFE. As the Head of Directorate Quality and Safety of the Belgian Ministry for Economic Affairs, Jan is responsible for consumer safety, public safety and metrology. He holds a masters degree in mechanical and electrotechnical engineering from Brussels Free University (VUB-1988).
As a market surveillance official, he has been active since 1996 on a wide scope of subjects including general product safety, safety of toys, safety of services, safety of lifts and the safety of gas distribution and transportation (pipelines). In 2003, he became the senior advisor on consumer safety to the Belgian Deputy Prime Minister.
Mr Deconinck's professional activity is enhanced by holding also other responsibilities: the National Data Base Administrator of the European Injury Database, the Coordinator of the Belgian Central Contact Point for Consumer Safety and an active member of the (Belgian) National Council for Accreditation and Certification.
As Chairman, Jan Deconinck is representing PROSAFE in various international fora and meetings.