José-Ángel Ferrero, Pharm.D., M.Sc.
Vice President, EU Regulatory Affairs & Safety Research

Dr. Ferrero joined DSI - London in 2017 as Drug Safety Institute - Vice President, EU Regulatory Affairs & Safety Research. Prior to joining DSI, he was a Labeling Specialist and Scientific Administrator of the Name Review Group (NRG) – European Medicines Agency (EMA) for over 5 years, the group that is responsible for evaluating and approving invented (brand) names submitted to the Agency via the centralized procedure. In his role at EMA, he was responsible for the drafting and handling of revision 6 of the 2014 “Guideline on the acceptability of names for medicinal products processed through the centralized procedure.”

Dr. Ferrero managed all aspects related to the activities and work of the NRG, including the preparation of NRG meetings, support to the NRG Chair before, during and following NRG meetings, preparation of agendas and minutes, preparation of all internal/external correspondence and preparation of reports/memos on NRG related Member States correspondence for invented name submissions, reviews and approvals. He proposed and developed a decision tool for the evaluation/discussion of objections due to orthographic and phonetic similarity. This tool has led to a consistent approach to the discussion of objections with the NRG and was integrated in EMA’s name review process in 2015. As labelling specialist, he was responsible for the management of the labelling review and Quality Review of Documents (QRD) standards’ check of Summaries of Product Characteristics, Labelling and Package Leaflet for assigned product portfolio. He also drafted the EMA’s policy “Quick Response (QR) codes in the labeling and package leaflet of centrally authorized medicinal products.”

He earned his post-graduate Pharm.D. degree in Clinical Pharmacy (secondary care) from the University of Bradford, UK and his BSc in Pharmacy from the University of Salamanca, Spain. Prior to joining EMA, he accomplished senior clinical pharmacist roles at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, UK.

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