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TCD Pharmacy alumna and member of the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Strategic Advisory Board secures high-profile WHO job

Emer CookeMs Emer Cooke, a TCD School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences graduate and current member of the School’s Strategic Advisory Board, has recently been appointed as Head of Regulation of Medicines and other Health Technologies with the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva. In this role, Ms Cooke will be responsible for leading WHO's global work on regulation of health technologies (medicines, vaccines, diagnostics and devices), co-ordinating the regulatory teams (Norms and Standards, Prequalification, Regulatory Systems Strengthening, and Safety), and working with member states and international partners to assure the quality, safety and efficacy of appropriate health technologies.

Ms Cooke will be vacating the position of Head of International Affairs with the European Medicines Agency (EMA) in November 2016, after a very successful career with the Agency that began in July 2002.

Staff in the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences and colleagues on the Strategic Advisory Board wish Emer every success in her new role.

The World Health Organization (WHO):

WHO’s goal is to build a better, healthier future for people all over the world. Working through offices in more than 150 countries, WHO staff work side by side with governments and other partners to ensure the highest attainable level of health for all people. WHO strives to combat diseases - infectious diseases like influenza and HIV and non-communicable ones like cancer and heart disease. WHO helps mothers and children survive and thrive so they can look forward to a healthy old age. The Organisation ensures the safety of the air people breathe, the food they eat, the water they drink - and the medicines and vaccines they need.

European Medicines Agency (EMA):
The European Medicines Agency (EMA) is a decentralised agency of the European Union (EU), located in London. It began operating in 1995. The Agency is responsible for the scientific evaluation, supervision and safety monitoring of medicines for use in the EU. EMA protects public and animal health in 28 EU Member States by ensuring that all medicines available on the EU market are safe, effective and of high quality. EMA serves a market of over 500 million people living in the EU.