Director of Inspection, Enforcement and Standards

Gerald Heddell

Gerald Heddell

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Biography

Gerald is a microbiologist who is a Chartered Biologist and a member of the Society of Biology and the Royal Society of Chemistry. Since leaving the NHS in 1978, he has worked in senior roles in manufacturing and quality assurance for The Wellcome Foundation, Glaxo Wellcome and GlaxoSmithKline.

Director of Inspection, Enforcement and Standards

The inspection, enforcement and standards division inspects manufacturers, wholesale dealers and importers of medicines to check they are meeting our standards. They also inspect clinical trials and toxicology labs.

They investigate when we receive reports of illegal advertising, production or sale of medicines for human use, which can result in legal action being taken. We also monitor the import of unlicensed medicines.

We are responsible for testing services in the agency, to determine whether or not materials and products are medicines, which would need to be regulated.