Adjunct Professor John Skerritt

Adjunct Professor John Skerritt is a Deputy Secretary with the Department of Health

Page last updated: 24 August 2017

Adjunct Professor John Skerritt heads the Health Products Regulation Group which works to safeguard and enhance the health of all Australians through effective, timely and risk proportionate regulation of therapeutic goods. As a Deputy Secretary, he contributes to the stewardship of Australia’s health system, as well as having direct responsibility for both the Therapeutic Goods Administration and the Office of Drug Control.

He is formerly a Deputy Secretary in the Victorian Government and has extensive experience in medical, agricultural and environmental policy, regulation, research management, technology application and commercialisation. Adjunct Prof Skerritt is the former Deputy CEO of a Commonwealth Statutory Authority (Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research) and a Ministerial appointee on the Gene Technology Technical Advisory Committee. During the 1990s he held senior management positions in CSIRO and Cooperative Research Centres. He has significant experience on Boards of international and national organisations and more than 25 years’ experience in negotiating, leading international technical and commercial collaborations. He is currently Vice-Chair of the International Coalition of Medicines Regulatory Authorities and the Scientific Advisory Council of the Centre for Innovation in Regulatory Science.

John is an Adjunct Full Professor of the Universities of Queensland and Canberra, has a PhD graduate of University of Sydney, and is a graduate of the Senior Executive Programs of London Business School and of IMD Business School, Switzerland. He was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering and a Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration of Australia (Vic).

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