Advisory Committees

In addition to the HPRA Board, there are three advisory committees, each with a maximum of twelve members. 

The Advisory Committee for Human Medicines and the Advisory Committee for Medical Devices are appointed by the Minister for Health while the Advisory Committee for Veterinary Medicines is appointed by the Minister for Health in consultation with the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine. 

The statutory role of the advisory committees is to provide advice in cases where it is proposed to refuse to grant a licence for a medicinal product on any grounds relating to its safety, quality or efficacy. 

The advisory committees may appoint sub-committees. There are currently three sub-committees appointed by the Advisory Committee for Human Medicines: 
• Experts Sub-Committee for Human Medicines 
• Clinical Trials Sub-Committee 
• Herbal Medicines Sub-Committee 

The advisory committees meet approximately six times per year at intervals determined by the committee members and by pending business. The Clinical Trials Sub-Committee meets each month except for August and December. 


Advisory Committee Members

Advisory Committee Human Medicines

Ms Maria Egan 
Prof.Tom Fahey 
Ms Fionnuala King 
Prof Patrick Murray 
Dr Fionnuala Ní Ainle 
Dr Brian O'Connell 
Mr Ronan Quirke 
Prof David Kerins 
Dr Patrick A.Sullivan 
Dr Desmond Corrigan 
Dr Kevin Connolly 
Terms of reference and rules of procedure of the Advisory Committee for Human Medicines

Preclinical/Clinical Expert Subcommittee (Panel 1)

Prof David Kerins
Dr Kevin Connolly
Dr Linda Coate
Mr James Colville
Dr Noreen Dowd
Prof Stephen Eustace
Prof Stephen Flint
Dr Tim Fulcher
Dr Paul Gallagher
Dr Joseph Galvin
Dr Patrick Gavin
Dr Kevin Kelleher
Dr Mary Keogan
Dr Mark Ledwidge
Dr Frank Murray
Dr Yvonne O'Meara
Dr.Cormac Owens
Dr Brion Sweeney
Prof. Gerry Wilson
Dr Jogin Thakore
Terms of Reference and Rules of Procedure of the Clinical Expert Subcommittee (Panel I)

Clinical Trials Subcommittee

Dr Liam Bannan
Prof Geraldine Boylan
Prof. Paul Browne
Dr Peter Crean
Dr Catherine Kelly
Dr Thomas Pierce
Dr Patrick A. Sullivan
Dr Bryan Whelan
Terms of reference and rules of procedure of the Clinical Trials Subcommittee 

Herbal Medicines Subcommittee

Dr James Barlow
Dr Kevin Connolly
Dr Desmond Corrigan
Mrs Ingrid Hook
Ms Claudine Hughes
Ms Anna Maria Keaveney
Dr Celine Leonard
Dr DonalO'Mathuna
Dr Camillus Power
Dr Helen Sheridan
Dr Emma Wallace

Terms of Reference and rules of procedure of the Herbal Medicines Subcommittee 

Advisory Committee for Medical Devices

Mr. Wilfrid J. Higgins
Prof David Barton 
Dr Vivion Crowley
Mr Ger Flynn
Dr Fergal McCaffery
Dr Margaret O'Donnell
Prof Martin O'Donnell
Prof Richard Reilly
Prof Mary Sharp
Mr Sean Paul Teeling
Prof Sean Tierney

Terms of reference and rules of procedure of the Advisory Committee for Medical Devices 

Advisory Committee for Veterinary Medicines

Dr Ruaidhri Breathnach
Ms Gene (Eugenie) Canavan
Dr Martin Danaher
Dr Helena Kelly
Dr Nola Leonard
Dr Bryan Markey
Dr Ciaran Mellett
Dr Warren Schofield
Dr Robert Shiel
Dr Christina Tlustos
Terms of reference and rules of procedure of the Advisory Committee for Veterinary Medicines

Audit and Risk Committee

Mr Pat Brangan
Mr David Holohan
Prof. Elizabeth Keane

Terms of reference and rules of procedure of the Audit Committee