Drugs regulator prepares PR hire

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), the body that regulates clinical trials and grants licences for drugs, is to hire its first director of comms as it plans to build a PR department.

The post will report to MHRA chief executive Kent Woods and build up an integrated team of 25 staff.

An MHRA spokesman said: ‘This is a new post in the MHRA and is an essential part of promoting the work of the agency to the public and stakeholders.

‘The agency works hard to ensure that devices and medicines meet certain standards of quality, safety and efficacy, and it is important that this work is communicated effectively.’

The agency has to date relied upon the Department of Health press office as its PR function.

The move follows a three-month comms review by Stonehenge PR aimed at establishing a stronger brand and image for the body.

The MHRA replaced the Medical Devices Agency and the Medicines Control Agency in April last year.

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