Commissioner - Commission on Human Medicines

Body: Commission on Human Medicines
Appointing Department: Department of Health
Sector: Health
Location: London
Number of Vacancies: 3
Remuneration: Remuneration will be £325 per meeting
Time Requirements: A time commitment of approximately 22 days per year, including 11 meetings

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    08/10/2019 at 12:00

  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement



Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

Ministers are seeking to make three appointments to the board of the Commission on Human Medicines: A Statistician with an expertise in clinical trials, a Haematologist (Adult or Paediatric) and an Oncologist.

Commissioners are required to:

  • possess or develop a working knowledge and understanding of the UK/European medicines regulatory procedures
  • attend all scheduled and unscheduled meetings of the CHM (and to be present for the whole meeting)
  • consider, comment and contribute by drawing on their individual expertise and judgement, as appropriate, on all agenda items and to assist the CHM to frame clear and unequivocal advice to Ministers in accordance with the CHM’s terms of reference
  • be able and prepared to speak on a range of relevant issues and not just on their own areas of specialism
  • provide formal and informal advice to Ministers between meetings when required
  • provide advice relating to applications in the European Procedures and occasionally to attend the European Medicines Agency as part of the UK delegation as necessary
  • contribute to and ensure the CHM’s advice takes account of a wider view of risk and benefit, particularly as it is perceived by patients, carers and other members of the public

The Department of Health and Social Care values and promotes diversity and encourages applications from all sections of the community. The boards of public bodies should reflect the population they are there to serve. Boards also benefit from fresh perspectives, and we are always keen to encourage candidates with private sector experience to consider applying for our roles.

Person Specification

To be considered, you must be able to demonstrate that you have the qualities, skills and experience to meet all the essential criteria for appointment.

  • ability to operate effectively on a national expert scientific committee
  • be skilled communicators
  • ability to assimilate complex scientific information at short notice
  • ability and prepared to contribute actively to the work of the CHM

In addition, for the three specialist posts successful candidates should be recognised by their peers and/or be Fellows of the relevant Royal Colleges and be one of the following:

  • A Haematologist (Adult or Paediatric)
  • A Statistician with an expertise in clinical trials
  • An Oncologist

Additional Information

The functions of the CHM are:

  • to advise Ministers on matters relating to human medicinal products (except those that fall under the remit of ABRHP and HMAC including giving advice in relation to the safety, quality and efficacy of human medicinal products, where either the CHM think it appropriate or where it is asked to do so
  • to advise the Licensing Authority (LA) where the LA has a duty to consult the CHM or where the LA chooses to consult the CHM
  • to consider representations made in relation to the CHM’s advice (either in writing or at a hearing) by an applicant or by a licence or Marketing Authorisation (MA) holder; and
  • to promote the collection and investigation of information relating to adverse reactions for human medicines (except for those products that fall within the remit of ABRHP or HMAC) for the purposes of enabling such advice to be given.

Background on some aspects of the CHM’s work:

The secretariat to the CHM produces an Annual Report at the end of each calendar year which is laid before Parliament and made public. A link to the 2017 report is available through the Gov.UK website:-

Meeting dates can be found at:

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