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Council of Regulators

The Council of Regulators contributes essential, nuanced, and collective insights on the common interests of regulatory bodies from around the world.

Gerald Dal Pan


Leadership Committee

Gerald J. Dal Pan, MD, MHS currently serves as the Director of the Office of Surveillance and Epidemiology in FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, where since 2005 he has been responsible for the Center’s programs in adverse event surveillance and analysis, pharmacoepidemiology, risk management, and medication error prevention. In this capacity, he is involved in both the premarket and postmarket regulation of drugs and therapeutic biologics, and in the implementation of the drug safety provisions of the Food and Drug Administration Amendments Act and other initiatives.

Samvel Azatyan

Dr Samvel Azatyan is a Paediatrician with a PhD in clinical pharmacology and medical products regulation. Over his more than 24 years at WHO, he has had a wide range of leadership roles associated with the regulation of medical products, including supporting regulatory collaboration, convergence and harmonization, as well as regulatory capacity building and facilitation of products introduction in the countries. Dr Azatyan has also led various projects aiming at development of national regulatory systems, as well as the development and implementation of the concept of reliance in regulation of medical products. Dr Azatyan is currently leading the Regulatory Convergence and Networks Team at the WHO's Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.

Peter Bachmann

Fellow of DIA

Peter Bachmann is acting as the German NtA Member, a Member of the European Union Network Data Board and the EU IDMP/SPOR Task Force, the HMA WG ‘Better Use of Medicines’/'ePI Task Force', the International Pharmaceutical Regulators Programme (IPRP) Management Committee, and the European Lead of the ICH IGDG (Informal Generic Discussion Group). He has studied biology and chemistry and has a PhD in Pharmaceutical Biology, University of Wuerzburg (Germany). Following a JSPS postdoctoral fellowship at Kyoto University and a DFG Fellowship at the Institute of Food Research Norwich/UK, he has worked at the Institute of Pharmaceutical Biology, TU Braunschweig/Germany, until he joined in 1999 the BfArM, Department of Drug Approval.

Alison Cave

Dr Cave joined the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) in July 2021 as the Chief Safety Officer with responsibility for the safety of medicines and devices in the UK. She holds a BSc Honours degree and PhD from the University of London and has significant academic research and regulatory experience, the latter at both the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and MHRA. Previously she was Head of Cellular, Developmental and Physiological Sciences at the Wellcome Trust and most recently an Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund Director at UK Research and Innovation.

Marwan Fathallah

Prior to joining DIA in 2023, Fathallah was the Operating Officer and EVP at Ortho Clinical Diagnostics, accountable for Operations, Post Market Product Science and Engineering, Regulatory, Quality, Medical, Clinical, Scientific Affairs, and Process Excellence. Before joining Ortho, he held Executive and Senior Leadership roles in Research and Development, Operations, and Regulatory Medical and Clinical Affairs at Avantor, Danaher, Pfizer, Hospira, and Abbott Laboratories. Fathallah holds a Master’s and Bachelor of Science degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Sabine Haubenreisser

Sabine Haubenreisser is a pharmacologist with special interest in scientific cooperation and regulatory convergence to the benefit of public health, through engagement with external stakeholders, the European network of experts and international partners and regulators. She has held positions at EMA in scientific divisions, international affairs and (currently) stakeholder engagement. She served 5 years as EMA Liaison Official at the US FDA, where she facilitated cooperation between the European Regulatory Network and the FDA. During this time, she oversaw completion of the EU/US Mutual Recognition Agreement on GMP inspections and development of new platforms for cooperation such as on patient engagement, rare diseases and pharmacometrics.

Yee Hoo Looi

Yee Hoo Looi, PhD, is Deputy Director of Therapeutic Products Branch of the Health Products Regulation Group, Health Sciences Authority (HSA), which administers the regulation and pre-market evaluation for drug registration in Singapore. Dr. Looi started his HSA career as an evaluator for both clinical and toxicology review, and currently leads non-clinical evaluation and helps to oversee benefit-risk assessment for marketing approval. Prior to joining HSA, he conducted safety assessments of drug candidates as an industry pharmacologist. Dr. Looi earned his PhD in Pharmacology from the University of Strathclyde (United Kingdom), and completed his post-doctoral training, focusing on heart failure research, at King’s College London.

Younjoo Park

Dr. Younjoo Park serves as Director General of the Drug Evaluation Department at the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety, Republic of Korea since March 2021. Dr. Park is responsible for overall drug review and approval, pharmaceutical standardization, and generic drug review. For 20 years after joining MFDS, Dr. Park took charge of several divisions as Director including oncology and antimicrobial products, recombinant protein products, and cell and gene therapy products etc. Before the current position, Dr. Park served as Director General of Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Research Department in 2019-2021. Dr. Park obtained her Ph.D. in pharmcology from Seoul National University in 2001.

Jörg Schläpfer

Dr. Jörg Schläpfer, PhD is the Head of Management Services & International Affairs and Member of the Management Board of Swissmedic. He studied Veterinary Medicine at the University of Berne, completing his studies in 1991. After obtaining the title of Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, completing his PhD and undertaking 12 years of academic research, he was employed by a number of companies in various roles within the pharmaceutical industry from 2002 to 2015. Since the end of 2015, Jörg Schläpfer has been Head of Division Process Development and Support in the Authorisation sector at Swissmedic as well as Deputy Head of the sector.

Sophie Sommerer

Sophie Sommerer is the Director General of Health Canada’s Biologic and Radiopharmaceutical Drugs Directorate. She is responsible for regulating biologic drugs (including vaccines), radiopharmaceuticals, blood, cells, tissues and organs, and products for Assisted Human Reproduction. Prior to this, she held various positions in the Marketed Health Products Directorate, where she oversaw pharmacovigilance and risk management activities of medical, scientific and regulatory experts. She spent the first 10 years of her public service career working on various health promotion policy initiatives at the Public Health Agency of Canada.

Patricia Oliveira Pereira Tagliari

Patricia Oliveira Pereira Tagliari holds a master’s degree in Public Health (Global Health and Health Diplomacy) from the National School of Public Health (2014), specializations in Health Regulation and Surveillance (2010) and Health Law (2007), both from Fiocruz, and a degree in International Affairs from the University of Brasilia (2004). She is currently a government employee, specialist in health regulation and surveillance, at the Brazilian Health Regulatory Agency - Anvisa. From April 2020 to the present date, Ms. Tagliari has served as Associate Director at Anvisa. Prior to that, she served as Advisor at Anvisa’s Office of Inspection and Health Surveillance and as the Head of Anvisa's International Affairs Office.

Yoshiaki Uyama

Dr Yoshiaki Uyama is currently Associate Executive Director, Pharmaceuticals & Medical Devices Agency (PMDA) of Japan. He is responsible for regulatory science researches in the agency. He has many experiences in new drug evaluation and real world data utilization, including the ICH E15, E16 and E17 Expert Working Groups, and Pharmacoepidemiology Discussion Group. He is also served as a member of the DIA Council of Regulators and a board member of the international society for pharmacoepidemiology as well as a visiting professor in Chiba University, Nagoya University and Nagoya City University.

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