The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has appointed Emer Cooke to the position of head of international and European cooperation.
She had held the role on an acting basis since its creation in February, 2012, and now takes up the position formally.
Cooke will be tasked with developing, coordinating and implementing the Agency's international strategy and activities, including confidentiality arrangements with countries outside the European Union (EU), such as the US, Japan and Canada.
She will also lead the sector's efforts in managing the EMA's relationship with EU institutions and bodies, including heads of national medicines agencies.
Cooke has been with the EMA since 2002, initially joining as head of inspections before being appointed international liaison officer.
Prior to this, she was enterprise directorate general at the European Commission in Brussels.