Devices Expert Advisory Committee

The Devices Expert Advisory Committee (DEAC) replaces the Committee on Safety of Devices and is responsible for providing independent, external expert input and advice on a wide range of aspects relating to medical devices to help the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) in the execution of its role in ensuring the safe introduction and management of medical devices.

DEAC was formed following an independent review on Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency’s (MHRA) access to clinical advice and engagement with the clinical community. The committee is chaired by Dr Peter Groves. DEAC will also support MHRA in developing and maintaining collaborative relationships with clinical professional bodies.

Terms of reference

The Devices Expert Advisory Committee (DEAC) is responsible for providing MHRA with independent, external, expert clinical and scientific input and advice on a wide range of aspects relating to the introduction and safe use of medical devices.

The role of DEAC is to provide advice to MHRA on the following 'core' areas:

1. Strategic

  • Clinical and scientific aspects of medical device safety, usage or introduction with particular reference to areas that represent the highest health risks.
  • Device regulatory issues in the context of wider policies across the UK or International healthcare sectors.
  • The development of device-related policies with particular reference to 'real world' clinical practice.
  • The preparation of papers and position statements illustrating and reflecting the work and achievements of the Devices Division.

2. Communication

  • The most effective format, content and distribution channels for targeted medical device-related communications between MHRA and the healthcare community and public.

3. Professional Networking

  • Connections and collaborations with professional bodies and their safety committees.
  • Emerging issues and 'horizon scanning' for topics that might influence operational activity and MHRA policy.
  • Developing and maintaining a register of experts (professional, patient and public).

4. Quality Assurance

  • Internal audit support.
  • Training support, for example CPD opportunities for staff in the Devices division.
  • Oversight of more specialist Expert Advisory Groups.

5. Professional advice

  • 'Ad hoc' support for the MHRA devices division in undertaking its operational activity.
  • Resolution of matters of dispute.

6. e-Health

  • Regulatory issues relating to clinical software and e-Health.

The agenda of DEAC meetings will be structured on the basis of these 'core' activities.

The committee will review their performance against these 'core' activities on an annual basis.



Professor Peter Groves MBBS MD FRCP (Chair) Consultant Interventional Cardiologist, Cardiff and Vale UHB Chair, Health Technology Wales; Chair, Medical Technologies Advisory Committee, NICE


Ms Christine Callender MBA MSc RHV RM RGN Head of Nursing (Quality & Regulation) Royal College of Nursing

Professor Puthucode Haray MS DNB FRCS FFST(Ed) Consultant Colorectal Surgeon, Cwm Taf Morgannwg Health Board Professor of Coloproctology, University of South Wales NHS Wales and Royal College of Surgeons

Professor Kevin Harris MB BS MA MD FRCP Programme Director and Clinical Advisor Interventional Procedures Programme National Institute for Health and Care Excellence NICE

Professor Peter C Hindmarsh Professor of Paediatric Endocrinology, University College London Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health

Professor Ian Kimber, OBE PhD FRSB Emeritus Professor of Toxicology, University of Manchester British Toxicology Society

Mr Edward Morris MBBS BSc MD MRCOG Consultant in Obstetrics & Gynaecology at the Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital; Honorary School Senior Lecturer, University of East Anglia Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

Professor Stephen A O’Connor DSc CEng CPhys FIPEM FInstP Hon FRCP President of Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine

Ms Sara Payne BA CPE LPC Lay Representative. Solicitor Lay Representative

Dr Tom Pelly BSc MB BS (Hons) PGCE DCH MRCGP FRCP GP Partner, Horfield Health Centre, Bristol; Clinical Director Phoenix Primary Care Network, Bristol; Associate Postgraduate Dean for Foundation and Excellence, Severn GP School, Health Education England (South West) Royal College of General Practitioners

Dr Iain Robertson MBChB MRCP FRCR EBIR Chair of Scottish Health Technologies Group; Consultant Interventional Radiologist, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde NHS Scotland and Royal College of Radiologists

Dr Carl Waldmann MA MB BChir DA FRCA FFICM EDIC Chair Critical Care Leadership Forum; Immediate ex Dean Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine and Royal College of Anaesthetists

Professor Jeremy Wyatt DM FRCP ACMI Fellow Emeritus Professor of Digital Healthcare, University of Southampton; Chair, Faculty of Clinical Informatics AI Special Interest Group and the UK Steering Group on Mobilising Computable Biomedical Knowledge Royal College of Physicians


Minutes for DEAC meeting: 14 November 2019 (PDF, 105KB, 4 pages)

Minutes for DEAC meeting 19 September 2019 (MS Word Document, 28.7KB)

Minutes for DEAC meeting 16 May 2019 (MS Word Document, 30.6KB)

Minutes for DEAC meeting 14 February 2019 (MS Word Document, 34.9KB)

Minutes for DEAC meeting 1 November 2018 (MS Word Document, 27.5KB)

Minutes for DEAC meeting: 7 June 2018 (PDF, 87.1KB, 2 pages)

Minutes for DEAC meeting: 22 February 2018 (PDF, 80.8KB, 3 pages)

Minutes for DEAC meeting: 14 September 2017 (PDF, 52.4KB, 3 pages)

Minutes for DEAC meeting: 4 May 2017 (PDF, 172KB, 3 pages)

Minutes for DEAC meeting: 2 February 2017 (PDF, 46.4KB, 3 pages)

Minutes for DEAC meeting: 15 September 2016 (PDF, 28.1KB, 3 pages)

Minutes for DEAC meeting: 23 June 2016 (PDF, 94.8KB, 3 pages)

Minutes for DEAC meeting: 25 February 2016 (PDF, 93.6KB, 3 pages)

Minutes for DEAC meeting: 7 July 2015 (PDF, 42.9KB, 3 pages)

Minutes for DEAC meeting: 5 November 2015 (PDF, 66.9KB, 3 pages)

Dates of meetings

2020 meeting dates

  • 27 February 2020
  • 14 May 2020
  • 17 September 2020
  • 19 November 2020

Contact details