Prof Herrman joined Texas A&M in 2004 and serves as State Chemist and Director of the Office of the Texas State Chemistry (OTSC) where he directs the regulatory oversight of 5000 firms manufacturing and distributing 25 million tons of feed and fertilizer in Texas with a market value of $10 billion.
He also directs the agency’s ISO 17025:2017 accredited laboratory that analyzes regulatory samples for OTSC, the United States Food and Drug Administration, and the United States Department of Agriculture. As a professor in the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences and member of the Interdisciplinary Faculty of Toxicology, he delivers a graduate education and outreach program and conducts research involving regulatory science, and is the founding editor and publisher of the Journal of Regulatory Science.
Prof Herrman has authored/co-authored 72 journal articles and 75 research and extension publications, promulgated 10 rules and 56 regulatory guidance documents, and has been awarded over $13 million in extramural funding.
During the past 6 years, Prof Herrman worked alongside public and private sector stakeholders in eastern and southern Africa to manage aflatoxin risk. The program “Aflatoxin Proficiency Testing and Control In Africa” (APTECA) has qualified over 300 analysts from 6 countries to accurately test for aflatoxin, assisted laboratories achieve ISO 17025 accreditation, helped Kenya’s maize millers develop and implement aflatoxin food safety plans, evaluated small holder farmers’ cultural practices to mitigate aflatoxin, and facilitated national and county authorities draft policy and model regulations to manage aflatoxin risk. APTECA’s ISO 17043 accredited aflatoxin proficiency testing program has expanded globally and now reaches 215 laboratories in 62 countries that serve a population of 4 billion in developing countries.