Summary of Expertise, Experience and Affiliations and Interests for the Scientific Advisory Panel on Isotretinoin Risk Management (SAP-IRM)

Purpose of the Summary

The following summarizes the information about expertise or experience, affiliations and interests relevant to the Scientific Advisory Panel on Isotretinoin Risk Management (SAP-IRM) mandate declared by panel members. Health Canada considers these declarations as part of the selection process. The Health Products and Food Branch has made this summary available as part of its commitment to be transparent about the membership of its advisory bodies.

Assessment of affiliations and interests prior to each meeting

Prior to the panel meeting, Health Canada assesses members’ affiliations and interests, including direct financial interests, as they may apply to agenda items for discussion. Depending on the nature of the member’s affiliations or interests, the Chair of the panel in consultation with the members, may limit the participation of a member in the meeting or ask him/her to make a verbal statement of affiliations and interests at the beginning of the meeting. Members’ affiliations and interests are reviewed and updated as required, based on the changes in the status of their affiliations and interests.

In accordance with the Health Products and Food Branch Review of Health Canada Policy on External Advisory Bodies (2011), a person with a direct financial interest in the outcome of a review of a regulated product may be a member of an advisory body whose broader mandate encompasses matters of policy, management, or program development. However, such a member would not be asked to participate in any discussion, formulation of advice, or recommendations to Health Canada relating to that review.

Indicated [Sector/Perspective]

  • Health professional
  • Research
  • Academia
  • Patient representative

Indicated [Expertise/Experience]

  • Family Physicians
  • Dermatologists
  • Obstetricians/gynaecologists
  • Pharmacoepidemiologists
  • Paediatricians
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Pharmacists
  • Bio-ethicists
  • Public representatives

1) Direct financial interests

  1. Current employment, investments in companies, partnerships, equity, royalties, joint ventures, trusts, real property, stocks, shares or bonds, with the regulated industry.

2) Indirect financial interests

  1. Within the past five years, payment from regulated industry for work done or being done, including past employment, contracts or consulting; or financial support including research support, personal education grants, contributions, fellowships, sponsorships, and honoraria.Footnote1
  2. Within the past five years, materials, discounted products, gifts, or other benefits, or attendance at meetings where all or part of the travel and accommodation costs were provided by the regulated industry.Footnote2
  3. Within the last three years, grants or other funding from the regulated industry to any of the organizations where you are currently employed or participate in internal decision making.Footnote3

3) Intellectual interests

  1. Within the last five years, any formal advice or opinion to industry, a government organization, or a non-government organization, on a matter of relevance to the SAP-IRM mandate.
  2. Within the past five years, any published or publicly stated point of view on issues of relevance to the SAP-IRM mandate.
  3. Current professional or volunteer affiliations such as membership of professional societies, lobbying, public interest or advocacy groups, of relevance to the SAP-IRM mandate.

4) Other

  1. Any other affiliations and interests or potential circumstances that might give a well informed member of the public reasonable grounds for concern regarding the integrity and objectivity of your participation in the SAP-IRM.
Table - Summary of Expertise, Experience and Affiliations and Interests
Name Indicated Sector / Perspective & Expertise / Experience Answers Summary of Responses
1a) 2a) 2b) 2c) 3a) 3b) 3c) 4a)
Innie Chen, MD, MPH Health professional

Obstetrician/ gynaecologist
No No No No Yes Yes Yes No
  • Served as an Expert Consultant for CADTH.
  • Published in various journal articles.
  • Member of the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada.
Edith Guilbert, MD Health professional

Family Physician (Family planning)

No No No Oui Oui Oui Oui No
  • Participated in a Health Canada Reconsideration Panel.
  • Co-Chaired several guidelines: Canadian consensus on contraception, Medical abortion guidelines, Surgical abortion guidelines.
  • Lead author of the “Protocole de contraception du Québec”, a protocol which supervises the practice of contraception by registered habilitated nurses in Québec.
  • Provided formal advice on several Guidelines of the Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada.
  • Has published in numerous journal articles.
  • Board member of the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada (SOGC).
  • Chair of the Family Physicians Advisory committee of SOGC.
  • Member of the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals, Society of Family Planning, European Society of Contraception, Société francophone de contraception, Collège des médecins de famille du Canada, Fédération des médecins omnipraticiens du Québec.
Sandra Knowles, BScPharm RPh, ACPR Health professional

No No No No No No No No
  • Not applicable.
Michele Ramien, MD Health professional

No Yes No No Yes No No No
  • Advisory Board member, received an honorarium from a pharmaceutical company.
  • Participated in a systematic review on adverse effects of Isotretinoin.
Neil Shear, MD, FRCPC Health professional

No No No No No No No No
  • President-Elect of the Canadian Dermatology Association
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