State Board Vacancies – Appointment to the Board of the Irish Medicines Board – May 2012

Information Note

In accordance with the Government’s recent decision to widen the opportunity for board membership of State Bodies, the Minister for Health, James Reilly TD, invites expressions of interest from suitability qualified and experienced persons interested in being appointed to fill a vacancy that has arisen on the Board of the Irish Medicines Board

Irish Medicines Board – Background Information

The Irish Medicines Board (IMB) is the regulatory authority for human and veterinary medicines, medical devices and cosmetics in Ireland. In addition, the IMB is responsible for the implementation of EU and national legislation relating to Blood and Blood Components and for Tissues and Cells. The IMB, formerly the National Drugs Advisory Board (NDAB), was established on a statutory basis by the Irish Medicines Board Act in 1995.

The mission statement of the IMB is:

‘to protect and enhance public and animal health through the regulation of medicines, medical devices and healthcare products’

Before a medicine can be authorised for use, an application must be made to the IMB which contains all of the necessary data supporting the quality, safety and efficacy of the medicine.

The general functions of the IMB, as defined by the IMB Act 1995 and subsequent legislation are:

  • to ensure the quality, safety and efficacy of medicines available in Ireland and to participate in systems designed to achieve this throughout the European Union
  • to review the scientific aspects of the application and reach a conclusion on the likely balance of any benefits versus the risk(s) of a medicine before arriving at a decision. Following approval and use of a medicine, the IMB monitors the type and frequency of any reported side-effects.
  • to monitor the quality of medicines by conducting inspections at sites of manufacture and sites of distribution of medicines and by random sampling of products both pre and post authorisation
  • to authorise the use of medicines for clinical research purposes
  • to consider the consequences to human health of the use of medicines in animals
  • to enforce the regulations for which it has responsibility

Details of Appointment

A vacancy is currently available on the Board of the Irish Medicines Board. In accordance with the requirements of the Irish Medicines Board Act 1995, members of the Board are appointed by the Minister for Health. The period of appointment will run from the date of appointment until 31 December 2013.

Meetings of the Board are normally held every second month. Members will serve on a part-time basis and travel and subsistence allowances will be paid in accordance with approved public sector rates. Members of the Board do not receive remuneration.

Members of the Board are required to devote as much time to duties on the Board as is necessary for the proper and efficient discharge of their duties, and to comply with the relevant provisions of the Code of Practice for the Governance of State Bodies.

The type of person required

Expressions of interest in serving as a member of the Irish Medicines Board are sought from persons with relevant skills and knowledge in one or more of the following areas; human medicines, medical devices, cosmetics, pharmacy, business, financial sector who would be prepared to contribute their skills and time. Experience and background in medicines policy at a national level for the current vacancy would be particularly welcome/beneficial.

In particular, applicants must have no financial or other interests in any industry regulated by the Irish Medicines Board

Additional Information

It should also be noted that, on appointment, Board members assume significant duties such as responsibility for the proper conduct of the organisation’s affairs, treating as confidential information obtained in their role as Board Member and acting in accordance with public policy and the high standards of probity. In order to qualify for appointment, a person must not have any conflicts of interest likely to interfere with his or her ability to play a full part on the Board.

How to apply

Anyone interested in being considered for appointment as a Board member should submit an application form via the following link together with detailed Curriculum Vitae not exceeding 3 pages.

The application process will consist of the following steps:

When you click on ‘Apply for this job’ you will be brought to the registration page. If you are already registered on you can log in using your username and password.

If you have not previously registered you will need to register your details, then you must go to “Choose a Job Category” on the left side of the screen. Click on “Membership of a State Board” and then click ‘Apply for this job’.

Step 1 -Download a PDF Application Form. This is an application form which you should complete and save to your PC.

Step 2 – Complete the Online Application Form. Most of this will be pre-filled from your registration profile. Then you will be asked to upload the PDF Application Form that you previously saved.

Step 3 – Attach a combined detailed CV not exceeding 3 pages.

By submitting an expression of interest the applicant accepts that appointments are made in the exercise of a statutory discretion, that the Minister is not obliged to consider the expressions of interest offered, that he is not confined to recommending an appointment from amongst those who have expressed an interest and is not bound by any statement set out in the notice.

Applications will be accepted up to and including Friday June 1st 2012.

We will treat all applications /expressions of interest confidentially and information will only be given to the appropriate personnel.

Further information

For further information on the Irish Medicines Board please see .