Member of the British Pharmacopoeia Commission (BPC)

Body: British Pharmacopoeia Commission
Appointing Department: Department of Health
Sector: Health
Location: London
Number of Vacancies: 6
Remuneration: Members are entitled to claim a fee of £325 per meeting (preparation and attendance)
Time Requirements: The time commitment will be three one-day meetings per year. Members will also be invited to join relevant Expert Advisory Groups which will require a time commitment of one or two one-day meetings per EAG each year.

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    14/09/2021 at 12:00

  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement



Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

The British Pharmacopoeia Commission was established in 1970 under Section 4 of the Medicines Act 1968 (superseded by the Human Medicines Regulations 2012). It is an Advisory Non-Departmental Public Body, sponsored by the Department of Health and Social Care. As such, it has no staff but is supported by a Secretariat from the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency. It has strong links with the wider MHRA, with the National Institute of Biological Standards and Control, and with the pharmaceutical industry and academia.

Members are required to:

  • Attend all scheduled and unscheduled meetings of the BPC (and to be present for the whole meeting)
  • Consider, comment and contribute to discussions on all agenda items by drawing on your individual expertise and judgement, as appropriate
  • Be able and prepared to speak on a range of relevant issues, not just those within your own area of specialism
  • Comply with the Code of Practice on Declaration of Interests in the Pharmaceutical Industry This includes providing an annual declaration
  • Participate in the annual appraisal process.

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.

For all the roles, you must:

  • be able and prepared to contribute actively to the work of the BPC
  • be able to assimilate complex information at pace
  • be a skilled communicator

You must also:

  • have a general understanding of the purpose and function of a pharmacopoeia and its place in the overall regulatory system (UK and Europe)
  • have significant experience in the pharmaceutical industry, academia, or the hospital service, including in one or more of the following areas:
  • quality control of medicinal products (human and/or veterinary), ideally with an understanding of how Quality by Design principles can be applied to the quality control of medicinal products (three or four posts)
  • analysis of biological and biotechnology products, ideally with expertise in the areas of advanced therapy medicinal products and/or biotechnologically produced proteins (at least two posts)
  • be recognised by your peers as an eminent member of your profession, with wide and recent experience in at least one of the following areas:
  • the practice of pharmacy
  • analytical chemistry
  • biology
  • standardisation and specifications for human medicines
  • standardisation and specifications for veterinary medicines
  • standardisation and specifications for biological medicines


For further details about the role of the BPC and the role of member, please see the candidate information pack below.

VAC-1738 Candidate Info Pack v.Final2
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