John Skerritt to retire

8 February 2023

The Minister for Health, Mark Butler, has announced that Professor John Skerritt has decided to retire from his position of Deputy Secretary Health Products Regulation Group of the Department of Health and Aged Care, effective 18 April 2023.

“Professor Skerritt has been in this role since 2012 and leaves behind quite an extraordinary record of public service,” Mr Butler said.

“He has become synonymous with, and the public face of, the Therapeutic Goods Administration.

“During this time it was his reassurances that left Australians confident in the approval and regulation of medicines, vaccines and treatments.

“Professor Skerritt has had many achievements over the course of his career including implementing the Medicines and Medical Devices Review, digital transformation, the regulation of medicinal cannabis, the rapid registration of COVID vaccines and treatments and playing a leading role in international harmonisation of regulation.

“Professor Skerritt’s legacy will be large, but he will leave behind a strong and capable team.

“I wish to thank Professor Skerritt for his work and wish him well in his retirement.”

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