John Michael Morris is Director of Scientific Affairs at the Health Products Regulatory Authority (formerly the Irish Medicines Board), in Dublin, Ireland. Dr. Morris was formerly Pharmaceutical Director, IMB, responsible for the assessment of quality data (CMC data) and before that Senior Pharmacist at the National Drugs Advisory Board, its predecessor organisation. Prior to this, he was a Research Pharmacist at Sterling Winthrop R&D and a hospital QA pharmacist in the UK. Dr. Morris obtained a BSc in pharmacy and Ph.D. from the University of Manchester (UK), and registered as a pharmacist (MRPharmS) in the UK and subsequently in Ireland (MPSI) in 1988. Dr Morris was a member of the EMA CPMP/CVMP Quality Working Party until 2003. He is a member of the European Pharmacopoeia Commission for Ireland and in 2004 was elected to the position of Chairman of that Commission until 2007.