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Summer 2022 special
Monday, June 27, 2022Sector

Sharon McGuinness new Executive Director of ECHA

Sharon McGuinness nouvelle Directrice exécutive de l'ECHA

The Management Board of the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has selected Dr Sharon McGuinness as ECHA’s next Executive Director. Dr McGuinness was one of the candidates preselected by the European Commission after an open competition and interviewed by the Management Board for the post. Her selection follows that of Bjorn Hansen who retired in March 2022.

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Dr Sharon McGuinness, an Irish national, is the Chief Executive Officer of the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) in Ireland since 2018. Prior to this, she was the Assistant Chief Executive for the Chemicals and Prevention Division within the Authority, with responsibility for division management, policy provision, advice and enforcement for a wide range of occupational health and safety, chemical and market surveillance legislation aimed at protecting human health and safety for workers and consumers.
She was a member of ECHA’s Management Board between 2014-2020 and Chair of the Board between 2016-2020. She graduated from the University College Dublin with a B.Sc. (Hons) in pharmacology and chemistry, and she holds a PhD in pharmacology, as well as diplomas in Legal Studies and Company Direction.

The term of office of the Executive Director is five years. It may be prolonged by the Management Board once, for a further term of five years.
As part of the appointment procedure, Sharon McGuinnes will make a statement before the European Parliament and answer questions from its members. This is tentatively scheduled for 4 July 2022.

Paul Krajnik, Chair of ECHA’s Management Board says: “Congratulations to Sharon - we have selected an excellent candidate and …

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