Brendan Cuddy obtained his degree in Chemistry from University of Dublin, Trinity College in Ireland. He also obtained a Masters degree from the National University of Ireland in Quality and Operations Management and a postgraduate diploma in Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Technology from University of Dublin, Trinity College which satisfies the educational requirements for Qualified Person. He joined the European Medicines Agency as Scientific Administrator in October 2002. He is responsible for amongst other things co-ordination of GMP inspections and regulatory procedures relating to reports of defective medicinal products and GMP compliance problems. He is currently chairing a small working group of experts to implement the action plan identified in the EMA Reflection Paper on Medicinal Product Shortages due to manufacturing and quality problems.