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Medical Council and Irish Medicines Board Agree to Strengthen Cooperation

Medical Council and Irish Medicines Board Agree to Strengthen Cooperation

16th June 2011: The Medical Council and the Irish Medicines Board (IMB) have today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) which will strengthen the cooperation between the two bodies, further promoting the highest standards of practise in medicine.

The MoU will see the Medical Council and the IMB formalise avenues of communication to facilitate the exchange of information in situations where either body come across information which could be considered relevant to the other body's role.

According to Medical Council Chief Executive, Caroline Spillane, "The signing of this MoU formalises and strengthens our cooperation with the Irish Medicines Board. This step will help the two organisations to work together to protect the public by promoting the highest standards of practise in medicine".

Pat O'Mahony, Chief Executive of the IMB, welcomed the signing of the MOU: "Further enhancing communications and information exchange between the IMB and the Medical Council will facilitate our common goal of protecting public health and will benefit the work of both our organisations".

Specifically, the IMB will share any concerns it has relating to the improper behaviour, conduct, practise and/or professional competence of a doctor registered with the Medical Council. The Medical Council will share any information it obtains in relation to the improper use, supply, administration or advertisement of medicinal or healthcare products where there may be a breach of legislation enforced by the IMB.

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Memorandum of Understanding between the Irish Medicines Board and the Medical Council.pdf

For further information contact:
Lorna Farren - Medical Council
Telephone: +353 1 4983173
Mobile: +353 87 913 0288

Irish Medicines Board - Siobhan Molloy / Orla Molloy (Weber Shandwick)
Telephone: +353 1 6760168
Mobiles: +353 86 817 5066 or + 353 87 770 5108