Wilkinson to retire as MHRA's head of devices

Wilkinson to retire as MHRA's head of devices
John Wilkinson has been director of devices at the UK's Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) for seven years

7 May 2019 - Deborah Wilkes

The UK's Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has announced John Wilkinson will step down as director of devices at the end of October 2019.

Wilkinson has been the MHRA's director of devices since February 2012. The regulatory agency said one of his many achievements had been "championing" the development of the European Union's new regulations on medical devices and in-vitro diagnostic devices.

He has also chaired the Competent Authorities Medical Devices (CAMD) Executive Group, which seeks to enhance collaboration between member states and the European Commission in developing and managing the European Union's regulatory system for medical devices.

Commenting on his decision to leave the MHRA, Wilkinson said it was now the "right time for me to move on to the next stage of my life".

Prior to joining the MHRA, Wilkinson was chief executive of Eucomed, the European industry association for medical technology. He was also director general of the Association of British Healthcare Industries (ABHI), and worked for Becton Dickinson and the BOC Group.

Wilkinson was awarded an OBE for services to the medical devices industry in the 2010 New Year's honours list.

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