The Medicines Patent Pool Governance Board and the Medicines Patent Pool Expert Advisory Group (EAG) are calling for board candidate nominations. Full details, documents and official invitation letter are below.
Following recent consultations with civil society organisations, the Medicines Patent Pool Board has decided to appoint one Board member from the communities of people living with HIV (PLHIV) and two additional EAG members drawn from organisations representing communities of PLHIV with expertise in the field of work of the Medicines Patent Pool.
As part of this process we are asking organisations and networks of PLHIV to nominate suitable candidates who fulfil the requirements for the Board or EAG and who would be willing to participate in the governance of the Medicines Patent Pool.
The Governance Board is responsible for financial and strategic oversight of the Pool, ensuring that all regulatory and financial reporting requirements are fulfilled, and approval of any licensing agreement. Further details on the responsibilities of the Board can be found in the Statutes of the Medicines Patent Pool Foundation and in the attached document on the roles and responsibilities of the Board.
The role of the EAG is to provide the Governance Board and the Executive Director with advice regarding Patent Pool licence negotiations and to assess whether the terms and conditions of proposed licence agreements meet the key requirements as set out by the Medicines Patent Pool statutes and Memorandum of Understanding with UNITAID (MoU) and represent a significant improvement over the current situation. Further details on the EAG can be found in the attached document on roles and responsibilities of the EAG.
Members of the Governance Board and the EAG will be required to act in their individual capacity and within the confidentiality requirements of on-going negotiations.
The working language of the Board and EAG is English.
We would like to invite your organisation to circulate the call for candidatures to your networks and nominate suitable candidates to serve on the Governance Board or the Expert Advisory Group of the Medicines Patent Pool.
The process for nominations is as follows:
§ Networks of PLHIV wishing to nominate qualified candidates should identify candidates that possess the required expertise, qualify for nomination and understand the responsibilities of Board/EAG members as noted in the attached roles and responsibilities documents and are willing to commit to these.
§ Candidates should then complete the attached application form (Board and EAG) and write a cover letter outlining relevant experience and expertise and interest in joining the Board or EAG. Candidates should reference the roles and responsibilities documents in preparing the letter.
§ The completed form, cover letter, CV and a letter from the nominating organisation should be submitted to [email protected] by 10 May 2012.
§ Should there be a need to interview candidates, candidates will be informed individually.
§ The Pool Governance Board will then review all applications and select candidates that best complement existing expertise. As stated in the Pool governing documents, Board terms are for 2 years and EAG terms are for 3 years.
§ Organisations will be informed of the outcome by end of June.
I thank you very much for your on-going engagement with the Pool, and look forward to receiving your nominations. Please direct any questions related to the process to [email protected] and it will be appropriately directed.http://www.medicinespatentpool.org/WHO-WE-ARE2/Governance
Available at: http://www.medicinespatentpool.org/content/download/207/1195/version/1/file/Statuts+ENG+FRA+%28Final-06+07+2010%29.pdf
The Medicines Patent Pool, founded with the support of UNITAID in 2010, aims to bring down the prices of HIV medicines, and stimulate the development of needed new formulations, through access-oriented voluntary licences. The Pool’s voluntary licences are negotiated to maximise their public health impact, and the full terms and conditions of each licence agreement are made public on the Pool’s website.