Published: June 2011

Call for Appointments to the Medicines Adverse Reactions Committee

Prescriber Update 32(2): 17
June 2011

Applications are being sought for appointments to the Medicines Adverse Reactions Committee (MARC) - a Ministerial advisory committee

Expressions of interest are currently being sought for four positions on the Medicines Adverse Reactions Committee (MARC).

The MARC is an independent expert advisory committee that advises the Minister of Health on medicines safety issues. The advice provided by the MARC is an important component of the regulatory framework for safeguarding public health in New Zealand.

Applications are being sought from the following candidates who have the desire to contribute to the enhancement of medicines safety in New Zealand:

Practising clinicians in New Zealand with:

In particular, a candidate is sought with expertise in the use of biological medicines or medicines that act on the immune system, including vaccines.

Laypersons (non-healthcare professionals) in New Zealand with:

Appointments to the Committee are made by the Minister of Health and are generally for a three-year term.

For further information about this committee, including the Terms of Reference and Responsibilities and Expectations of the MARC, go to the Medsafe website at: or contact Medsafe on (04) 819 6800 and ask to be put through to the MARC Secretary.

All candidates who wish to be considered for appointment to the MARC must complete an application form. A copy of the application form is available at:

The completed application form should be submitted together with a current curriculum vitae by Wednesday 29 June 2011 to: MARC Secretary Medsafe PO Box 5013 Wellington Or by e-mail to the Manager of the Clinical Risk Management Branch at Medsafe: