Gerald Heddell joined the MHRA as Director of the Inspection, Enforcement & Standards Division in 2005. Gerald is a microbiologist who is a Chartered Biologist and a member of the Society of Biology and the Royal Society of Chemistry. Since leaving the UK National Health Service in 1978, he has worked in a succession of progressively senior roles in manufacturing and quality assurance in the pharmaceutical industry. Gerald has experience in most aspects of pharmaceutical manufacture and control. This has included microbiological development, analytical laboratory management, quality assurance, business development, director of a large sterile manufacturing facility and, most recently, European Quality and Compliance Director for GlaxoSmithKline. In his current position with the MHRA, Gerald's responsibilities focus on the quality of medicines in the UK and include a comprehensive surveillance, inspection and enforcement program, the licensing of pharmaceutical manufacturers and wholesalers, defective medicines reporting, unlicensed imports, borderline products, medicines testing and the British Pharmacopoeia.