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

Prof. David Kerins (Chair) June 2019

Dr Kevin Connolly 

Prof. Desmond Corrigan

Ms Maria Egan

Prof. Tom Fahey

Dr Paul Gallagher

Ms Fionnuala King

Prof. Patrick Murray

Dr Fionnuala Ní Ainle

Dr. Brian O’Connell

Mr Ronan Quirke

Dr Patrick Sullivan

Terms of reference and rules of procedure of the Advisory Committee for Human Medicines


Clinical Trials Subcommittee

Dr Patrick A. Sullivan (Chair)

Dr Liam Bannan

Dr Geraldine Boylan

Dr Paul Browne

Dr Peter Crean

Dr Catherine Kelly
Dr Patrick Morris 

Dr Thomas Pierce

Dr Jennifer Westrup

Dr Bryan Whelan 

Terms of reference and rules of procedure of the Clinical Trials Subcommittee 

 

Herbal Medicines Subcommittee

Prof. Desmond Corrigan (Chair)

Dr James Barlow

Dr Kevin Connolly

Mrs Ingrid Hook

Ms Claudine Hughes

Ms Anna Maria Keavney

Dr Celine Leonard

Dr Donal O’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

Prof. Richard Reilly (Chair) May 2020

Dr Vivion Crowley

Mr Ger Flynn

Dr Fergal McCaffery

Ms Margaret O’Donnell

Prof. Martin O’Donnell

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 Canavan

Dr Robert Doyle – *June 2019

Dr Helena Kelly

Dr Nola Leonard

Dr Edward Malone – *June 2019

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

Prof. Elizabeth Keane (Chair) January 2020

Mr David Holohan

Prof. Caitriona O’Driscoll

Terms of reference and rules of procedure of the Audit Committee