Craig Copland

E-Cigarette Unit Manager - Vigilance and Risk Management of Medicines

MHRA - The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency

Biography

Prior to employment at the MHRA, Craig Copland worked in the health food sector and fitness industry before taking up a position with the Portsmouth Trading Standards Service from 2007 to 2017.  In his capacity as a Trading Standards and Financial Intelligence Officer for Portsmouth City Council, Craig has worked across a broad spectrum of regulation, with a focus on business compliance, consumer protection and product safety. This work has also required Craig to lead and support numerous criminal investigations with a particular focus on vulnerable consumers and counterfeit and unsafe goods. Additionally, Craig developed a number of Primary Authority Partnerships, including work with E-cigarette importers and manufacturers under the pre and post TPD regulatory frameworks.  Since joining the agency Craig has overseen the MHRA competent authority responsibilities in operating the UK notification scheme, while continuing to develop links and work closely with regional and international agencies involved in E-cigarette regulation and enforcement, including the CTSI Tobacco Focus Group,  Joint Action on Tobacco Control Group, TPD Enforcement Group and EU Expert Panel on E-cigarettes. The last 18 months has also seen the development and successful launch of the MHRA GB submissions portal for E-cigarettes.

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