Ferreira, Joao

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European Medicines Agency (EMA)


The Netherlands

1. Current Status, Position

Joao Ferreira is a Shortages Specialist at the European Medicines Agency (EMA). He has been part of EMA's Supply and Availability Office, since 2021, dealing with shortages and availability of medicines in Europe. He is responsible for implementing EMA's new extended mandate in medicine shortages. He joined EMA in 2014 and has 10+ years of experience in EU Medicines Regulation, Safety Monitoring and Transparency, as well as in Policy and Crisis Management & Preparedness. Prior to joining the EMA, he worked in (the field of) Regulatory Affairs and Pharmacovigilance consultancy.

2. Education

Joao Ferreira studied Pharmacy at the University of Algarve, registering as a pharmacist in 2013. He has been a Member of the Portuguese Pharmaceutical Society's Youth Council since 2022.

3. Research Area

Joao Ferreira specialises in Shortages and Availability issues working with the EU Medicines Regulatory Network and Stakeholders towards strengthening the availability of medicines/medical devices to protect the health of European citizens and animals by making medicines, medical devices and crisis-relevant products available. Currently, he is a Member of the EMA/HMA Task Force on Availability of Authorised Medicines (TF-AAM), and a Member of the EMA Executive Steering Group on Shortages and Safety of Medicinal Products (MSSG).

4. Conflict of interest