Deputy Executive Director and support services

The European Medicines Agency's (EMA) Deputy Executive Director is Mr Noël Wathion.

Noël Wathion

Mr Wathion has worked at the Agency since 1996. In 2016 he was appointed Deputy Executive Director also exercising the function of Chief of Policy. Mr Wathion chairs EMA's Operations and Relocation Preparedness (ORP) Task Force, set up following the United Kingdom's decision to leave the European Union (EU).

Nationality: Belgian

Career to date:

  • Noël WathionDeputy Executive Director, European Medicines Agency (2016–present)
  • Chief of Policy, European Medicines Agency (2016–present)
  • Chief Policy Adviser, European Medicines Agency (2013–2016)
  • Head of Stakeholders and Communication (ad interim), European Medicines Agency (2013–2016)
  • Head of Patient Health Protection, European Medicines Agency (2009–2013)
  • Head of Post-Authorisation Evaluation of Medicines for Human Use, European Medicines Agency (2001–2009)
  • Head of Regulatory Affairs and Pharmacovigilance, European Medicines Agency (1996–2001)
  • Belgian Member of the Committee for Proprietary Medicinal Products and Committee for Medicinal Products for Veterinary Use, European Medicines Agency / Belgian representative on the Pharmaceutical Committee, Standing Committee and Notice to Applicants Working Group, European Commission, Brussels, Belgium (different time intervals, 1987–1996)
  • Chief Inspector, acting as Secretary of the Belgian Medicines Commission, Ministry of Social Affairs, Public Health and Environment, Public Health Inspectorate, Brussels, Belgium (1987–1996)
  • Pharmacist, Apotheek Bijnens Gerard, Genk, Belgium (1981–1987)


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The support services of the Deputy Executive Director are in charge of a range of activities such as:

  • policy development and preparation for new/revised legislation;
  • emergency and crisis management;
  • liaison with the EU Institutions;
  • support to the activities of the Management Board;
  • management of proactive publication of clinical data for medicines for human use in accordance with EMA policy 0070.

The below organisation chart shows the full structure of the support services of the Deputy Executive Director.

Deputy Executive Director support services

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