Dr Monica Eimunjeze is our Personality for February

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Dr Monica Hemben Eimunjeze (@DrMonicaE) / Twitter

Dr Monica Eimunjeze was a former acting director general of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC). She currently serves as the director of registration & regulatory affairs for the agency.

A pharmacist of high repute, Eimunjeze graduated from Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, with a bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy in 1986. She proceeded to obtain  a Master of Science (MSc) in Biotechnology, Innovation and Regulatory Science, from Purdue University, and thereafter a doctorate in Pharmacy from Mercer University, Georgia, USA.

Prior to her current position, she served as the technical assistant to the director-general of NAFDAC and as the director, drug evaluation and research.

Eimunjeze has coordinated several national and international programmes to support and strengthen regulatory capacity within NAFDAC, as well as working on several projects to institute regulatory reforms.

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She has a varied experience in the pharmaceutical sector, spanning different areas of practice. Her industrial exposure with GlaxoSmithKline from 1989 to 1996 saw her holding several positions, including medical representative, quality manager and regulatory affairs manager.

She has attended several courses, workshops and conferences in Quality Management Systems (QMS), Clinical Trial Regulation, Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP), Biotechnology and Regulatory Affairs.

Eimunjeze currently serves as a member of the Expert Scientific Advisory Committee (ESAC) Medicines for Malaria Ventures (MMV). She is a member of the Task Team for the creation of the African Medicines Agency (AMA) and is NAFDAC representative at the United States Pharmacopoeia, as convention observer.

She also serves as focal person for the Economic Community of West African States Medicines Regulatory Harmonisation (ECOWAS MRH) for NAFDAC and is the focal person for Dossier Assessment in the Collaborative Procedure for Registration of WHO–Prequalified Pharmaceutical Products.

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Dr Eimunjeze is a Fellow of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (FPSND) and is married with children.

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