|Date:||23 January 2013|
|Subject:||Appointments needed for MHRA Expert Committees|
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Three independent expert committees for the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) are today seeking new members to advise on the safety of medicines.
An opportunity for a new Chair and Vice Chair has arisen for the Review Panel (RP) which is an independent body that advises ministers on the classification and advertising of medicines and carries out independent reviews of licensing authority decisions.
Applicants, who will need to be legally qualified, with experience in one of the following fields are encouraged to apply:
- experience in the UK and EU medicines regulatory fields
- a working familiarity with the Human Medicines Regulations 2012
- previous experience of chairing a statutory or non-statutory review panel, national committee or similar.
Department seeks chair and vice chair of the Review Panel (external link)
Advisory Board on the Registration of Homeopathic Products
Three different appointments are also being advertised for the Advisory Body on the Registration of Homeopathic Products (ABRHP). The ABRHP is an independent body that works closely with the MHRA, to advise UK health ministers on the regulation of homeopathic products. The three appointments are for professional members who are recognised by their peers as leaders in their field:
- a pharmacist with special expertise in pharmacognosy
- a community pharmacist and homeopath
- a consultant paediatrician (medically qualified) who does not practice homeopathy
Herbal Medicines Advisory Committee
The Herbal Medicines Advisory Committee (HMAC) is requesting five new members to assist them in their role in advising on the safety, quality and efficacy of herbal medicines. This committee works closely with the MHRA, to advise health ministers on traditional herbal medicines.
The five appointments are for professional members who are recognised by their peers as a leader in their field and have extensive and recent experience in one of the following professions:
- pharmacy including pharmaceutical quality and standards
- pharmacognosy, phytochemistry, quality assurance of herbal medicinal products including analytical methods
- herbal practitioner
- consultant paediatrician (medically qualified) who is not a herbal practitioner
The closing dates for these vacancies has been extended to the 19 February 2013. Anyone who wishes to apply can do so via the Department of Health's website.
Notes to Editor1. Further details can be found on the Advisory Board on the Registration of Homeopathic Products pages of the MHRA website.
2. Details of the Herbal Medicines Advisory Committee can be found on the website.
3. For details of the Review Panel, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
4. The MHRA is the government agency responsible for ensuring that medicines and medical devices work, and are acceptably safe. No product is risk-free. Underpinning all our work lie robust and fact-based judgements to ensure that the benefits to patients and the public justify the risks. We keep watch over medicines and devices, and take any necessary action to protect the public promptly if there is a problem. We encourage everyone – the public and healthcare professionals as well as the industry – to tell us about any problems with a medicine or medical device, so that we can investigate and take any necessary action.