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Expert Groups

New Expert Groups

We have established a database of members who have expert knowledge within certain key areas of pharmaceutical medicine. From this database we have formed a number of Expert Groups, each with a lead/chairperson who facilitates and collates the responses from individual members of the groups. The chair of each Expert Group works closely with members of the Policy and Communications Group (PCG) to finalise responses in a timely and efficient manner. The groups are as follows:

  1. Governmental and Healthcare Policy relevant to Pharmaceutical Medicine (incl. drug safety and regulatory)
  2. Orphan Disease/Gene Therapy/ Innovative technologies
  3. Clinical Development (processes/policy)
  4. Pharmaceutical development in Paediatrics and other vulnerable populations
  5. Important/Key therapeutic areas (for Pharmaceutical Medicine) Neurological disorders/ Neuropsychiatric/ HIV/ Vaccines/ cardiovascular)
  6. Oncology


Join an Expert Group

Join the new ‘Medical Devices, Diagnostics and new technologies’ FPM Expert Group!

FPM is expanding its role in the innovative fields of medical devices and diagnostic medical devices, with knowledge, skills and advocacy. Hence, we are seeking members for a new expert group covering these areas, including new technologies and Artificial Intelligence.
 
The UK medical equipment market was valued at around $10.7 billion in 2018, and is set to expand rapidly over the coming years. It has a strong foundation of approximately 2,500 mostly small- to medium-sized companies around the country and a large number of multinational companies and medical device manufacturers have head offices or subsidiaries in the UK.
 
New regulations are already in place and will be implemented: The EU Regulation on Medical Devices 2017/745 (MDR) by 2020 and The EU Regulation on In Vitro Diagnostic Medical Devices 2017/746 (IVDR) in 2022. The expert group would provide a platform for physicians working in these sectors, and pharmaceutical physicians increasingly working with medical software and AI to proactively and reactively feed in to policy developments and consider the potential impact on patient experience and patient safety. The group may also be tasked with considering specific FPM projects in this area, potentially in training, education and research.
 
Please send your CV and a brief covering note explaining your expertise and interest to b.cottam@fpm.org.uk by Monday 30 September.




Responsibilities of group members
It is difficult to precisely stipulate the time requirement for involvement in each group. It is likely that each group will be required to prepare comment on between 2-4 consultations per year and give comments on 1-2 press releases, though comment will not be expected from each member of the group on every occasion. The Expert Groups will not meet in person, but conference calls may be arranged occasionally to discuss submissions. Responses to consultations and press releases will represent the official FPM position on a wide range of important topics which will/may be made public through the media. Therefore, it is important that members who are interested in contributing are:

  • Comfortable that their level of expert knowledge is such that their input could be considered the official Faculty position (subject to review from the chairperson and PCG) and made available in the press
  • Committed to responding to requests for input from the PCG on a relatively frequent basis and in a timely manner, owing often to short deadlines.