VIVA! Communications welcomes The Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing’s (DoHA) appointment of Dr John Skerritt as the new National Manager of the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), effective at the end of May.

The TGA is the national body responsible for regulating therapeutic goods including medicines, medical devices, blood and blood products.

According to the Secretary of the DoHA, Professor Jane Halton, Dr Skerritt will bring to the role his extensive experience in medical, agricultural and environmental policy, regulation, research, research management, technology application and commercialisation.

“Dr Skerritt currently leads more than 1200 staff (including 700 regulatory staff in two major science-based regulatory Divisions) and has more than 17 years experience managing laboratory programs and operations in diagnostics, cell culture, biomedical instrumentation, chemistry and biochemistry,” Professor Halton said.