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International RA expert David Jefferys joins Editorial Advisory Board of Journal of Medical Device Regulation

London, 6 December 2005 -- With the appointment of Dr David Jefferys, one of the medical devices industry's most influential and renowned RA specialists joins the Editorial Advisory Board of the Journal of Medical Device Regulation (JMDR). Dr Jefferys is a high-profile guest speaker at industry conferences where he contributes expert statements on current RA issues. He has also made his mark as an opinion leader by participating in various activities for international projects and organisations in the medical devices field.

The Editor of the Journal, Victoria Clark, said, "We are delighted that Dr Jefferys has accepted our invitation to join the Journal's Editorial Advisory Board as he is a very well respected figure in the medical device industry. I feel sure that the wealth of experience he brings with him will enable us to grow the Journal to ensure that it continues to fulfil its objective of seeking to educate and lead opinion within the industry."

After a career in clinical and academic medicine, Dr Jefferys joined the UK Department of Health in 1984 to head up the Review of Medicines. With the creation of the Medicines Control Agency in 1989, he became Director of Licensing and was a member of the European CPMP until 2000. He also chaired the Mutual Recognition Facilitation Group of the EU. He was appointed Chief Executive and Director of the Medical Devices Agency in January 2000 and on creation of the MHRA was head of the Devices Sector and joint CEO. He was a member of the GHTF Steering Committee and the EU Medical Device Expert Group and served on the Healthcare Industry Task Force. He has also worked with the EMEA on projects concerning risk/benefit evaluation and was an advisor to the Department of Health on advanced technologies. On retirement from the DoH, Dr Jefferys now works as the Senior Regulatory Strategic Advisor to Eisai Pharmaceuticals. He also advises on device issues and diagnostics, and is a visiting Professor of Medicine and external examiner in Translational Medicine to Cranfield University. His major interests are in combination products, new paradigms of product development, risk/benefit evaluation and risk communication. He has published widely on these areas and on the regulation of medicines and medical devices, including several articles in the JMDR.

On the Journal of Medical Device Regulation

The Journal of Medical Device Regulation is intended to educate, provide professional guidance, develop core competence of regulatory professionals, and promote debate on fundamental and topical matters within the medical device industry. In addition to publishing review and discussion articles by opinion leaders from the device community, the Journal summarises the news headlines from around the world and provides useful reference information in the form of charts and briefing documents. The Journal is a quarterly, subscription-only publication which is currently only available in electronic format.

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