Recent appointments to Advisory Committees of the Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA)

The Minister for Health, Simon Harris TD, has re-appointed the following persons as Chairpersons of the Advisory Committee for Veterinary Medicines and the Advisory Committee for Medical Devices, respectively, of the Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA).  These appointments are from 22 May 2017 to 31 December 2019.

Advisory Committee for Veterinary Medicines

Mr Pat Brangan (MVB, MRCVS) (MVB, MRCVS) is a retired Senior Superintending Veterinary Inspector of the Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine (DAFM).  He qualified from Trinity College, Dublin in 1972 and spent fifteen years in general veterinary practice prior to joining the Department.  Whilst with the Department he was involved in the veterinary medicines area in regard to policy, regulation and the implementation of European and national legislation.  Dr Brangan is currently a course presenter in FETAC approved training for Responsible Persons in Licensed Merchants premises licensed by the DAFM.  He is chairman of the Scientific Advisory Committee in Doping and Medication Control of the Irish Greyhounds Board.  Along with his role as Chairman of the Advisory Committee on Veterinary Medicines, he is also Chairman of the Audit and Risk Committee of the HPRA and is a past member of The Poisons Council of Ireland.

Advisory Committee for Medical Devices

Mr Wilfrid J Higgins (BE, MBA, MSc, CEng, FIEI) as a CEN (Comité Européen de Normalisaton) Consultant for Medical Devices and was previously Principal Engineering Advisory in the HSE and formerly in the Department of Health (DoH).  He has worked in the pharmaceutical industry as well as the consulting engineering and hospital sectors in the application and procurement of engineering systems, medical technology and the regulation of medical devices.  He has represented the DoH at EU Council meetings and the EU Medical Devices Expert Group.  Along with his role as Chairman of the Advisory Committee on Medical Devices of the HPRA he is Chairman of the National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI) Health Care Standards Committee and member of the ETCI TC10 Committee.  He is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Trinity College Dublin for medical device regulation, standards and risk analysis.