Revised: 18 February 2020

Medicines Assessment Advisory Committee - Vacancy

Applications are currently being sought for two positions on the Medicines Assessment Advisory Committee (MAAC).

The Medicines Advisory Committee and its composition  

The MAAC is an independent expert advisory to the Minister of Health. The MAAC provides advice on the risk-benefit profile of new medicines. Advice provided by the MAAC is an important component of the regulatory framework for safeguarding public health in New Zealand.

The MAAC comprises of up to 12 members who meet up to three times per year. Members are generally appointed for a three year term, which may only be renewed once.

Medsafe is seeking applications from candidates with substantial clinical experience and national credibility in any of these following fields of expertise:

  • oncology
  • clinical pharmacology.

We are open to put forward clinicians with expertise in other fields. To be considered for appointment, candidates should be active in their field and ideally have:

  • at least five years' experience in their vocational field or area of expertise
  • excellent critical appraisal skills
  • a sound knowledge of medicines
  • an excellent understanding of evidence-based medicine.

It is desirable that candidates are also familiar with legislation relevant to the regulation of medicines (the Medicines Act 1981 and Medicines Regulations 1984). Many appointed members have found their time on the committee rewarding, both personally and professionally. More information about the MAAC and the terms of reference are found on the Medsafe website.

For further information about the MAAC, please contact the Secretary of the MAAC (

If you wish to be considered for appointment, please read the information for applicants below, fill out the application form (Word document, 29 KB, 3 pages) and provide a copy of your current curriculum vitae by 5 March 2021.  Please send your application to

Information for applicants

In making yourself available to be considered for appointment, please ensure that:

  • there is nothing that would preclude your appointment
  • you have considered and fully declared any conflicts of interest you may have
  • you are available to serve for a full term of up to three years.

Medsafe welcome candidates from a wide range of backgrounds, and recognises that diversity enables our Boards and Committees to be high-performing.

By submitting your application you are declaring that all information supplied in your application is correct. Incorrect, incomplete or misleading information will render the application invalid and may result in the revocation of any appointment made in reliance on such information.

The decision on which candidate will be appointed for any vacancy will be made by the Minister of Health. Applicants will be notified of the outcome following the short-listing and consideration process.

Further information about appointments to statutory bodies can be found on the Ministry of Health website.

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