New members of the Veterinary Products Committee have been appointed by Agriculture minister Jim Paice

Agriculture minister Jim Paice has appointed Rory Bell, Dr Elizabeth Kubiak, Peter Scott and John Sherington to the Veterinary Products Committee (VPC).

The VPC offers advice to the VMD on whether applications for new or renewal Marketing Authorisations (MAs), Exceptional MAs, variations and Animal test Certificates are approved.

Mr Rory Bell is senior lecturer at the University of Glasgow School of Veterinary Medicine and was appointed head of the small animal internal medicine service at the University of Glasgow Small Animal Hospital in 2009. He also chairs the education committee of the European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine.

Dr Elizabeth Mary Kubiak (pictured) has been consultant medical microbiologist and infection control doctor to Aneurin Bevan Local Health Board in Wales since 1994 and has been lead clinician for microbiology services across the county of Gwent for 10 years.

Mr Peter Scott, a practising veterinary surgeon, is a RCVS recognised specialist in fish health and production. He is also president of the fish veterinary society.

Mr John Sherington is an applied statistician with more than 35 years’ experience in applying statistical methods and ideas in biological research using a wide range of statistical techniques.

The appointments adhere to the Code of Practice for Ministerial Appointments to Public Bodies. All appointments are made on merit, while political activity plays no part in the selection process. However, the members’ political activity (if any) is made public in accordance with the original Nolan recommendations. Neither Mr Bell, Dr Kubiak, Mr Scott nor Mr Sherington declared any political activity during the past five years.

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