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Peter Bachmann studied Biology and Chemistry at the University of Wuerzburg, has a Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Biology, a JSPS postdoctoral fellowship at Kyoto University, and a DFG Fellowship at the Institute of Food Research in Norwich. He worked as a scientist and lecturer at the Institute of Pharmaceutical Biology at the Technical University Braunschweig, until he joined in 1999 the Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices (BfArM, Germany), Department of Drug Approval. He holds the position of Head of the Subunit ‘Variations‘ responsible for coordination and administration of variations to medicinal products. He was Head of the Mutual Recognition Procedures Unit at the Department of European Procedures, responsible for the coordination and administration of medicinal product to be authorised through the Mutual Recognition Procedure (both with Germany as RMS and CMS) and to keep the contacts to other competent European Authorities. Peter Bachmann was the German representative to the MRFG (Mutual Recognition Facilitation Group). Following the reorganisation of the BfArM in July 2005, Peter was appointed as Senior Expert for ‘European Drug Regulatory Affairs’ at Department of European and International Affairs and was until his election as Chair of the CMDh (Coordination Group for Mutual Recognition and Decentralised procedures – human) in November 2011 the German CMDh member (November 2005 – October 2011). His current position at the BfArM is the Head of the Unit ‘Coordination Group’ and the Deputy Head of the Department of European and International Affairs. Peter is a member and/or lecturer of several organizations, including the NtA, ‘Drug Regulatory Affairs’ at the Universities of Bonn, Duisburg/Essen and Basel, Middle-European Society for Regulatory Affairs, and TOPRA. He is the vice-chair of the DIA Advisory Committee Europe, a regular speaker and part of organising committees of DIA Meetings and was the 2013 EuroMeeting Co-chair.