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(C) Carac / ANSM 2014 - Dominique MartinDominique Martin to catalyze the French Agency for the Safety of Health Products

August 2014. Dominique Martin has been nominated Director-General of ANSM, the French Agency for the Safety of Health Products. He follows Dominique Maraninchi, a reputed cancerologist who is retiring end of August after steering ANSM since 2011. Mr. Martin at the top of the agency a proven public health functionary succeeds a dedicated scientist. He comes in at a time when France is plagued by weakened industry perfomance and rising unemployment, and the French socialist government pinning its hopes on the healthcare sector. ANSM is a building block in the strategem to re-launch the economy and soothe growing malaise among the different stakeholders in the country’s healthcare system: professional trade (doctors, pharmacists), healthcare providers (e.g. hospitals), public and private insurers, the medical device, pharmaceutical and other chemical industries as well as patient and consumer associations. Adding to high expectations are challenges at the European level to streamline transborder control, to harmonise regulations, and to support innovation in particular as related to SMEs.

Dr. Martin (1956) has obtained his MD with Specialty Psychiaty at Paris Hospitals and worked for Médecins Sans Frontières from 1984 to 1993. Thereafter he studied at École Nationale d’Administration (ENA) and obtained a diploma specialised in social sciences. In 1997 he joined the public administration as project manager (Chargé de mission) in the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs initially for the Health Directorate and later for issues of minimum guaranteed income attached to Paris Prefecture until 1999. Thereafter he served as Technical Consultant to the State Secretary for the Aged and Handicapped, Dominique Gillot (Parti Socialiste) and Bernard Kouchner, co-founder of Médecins Sans Frontières and Deputy Minister of Health until 2002. That year Jacques Chirac (RPR) was elected president with a centre-right government. Mr. Martin became Head of the newly created Office national d’indemnisation des accidents médicaux, des affections iatrogènes et des infections nosocomiales (OMNIAM), a public administrative body to insure and manage claims of compensation in cases of medical accidents. After nine years he moved over to Caisse nationale d’assurance maladie des travailleurs salariés (CNAMTS) to direct the department for professional and occupational risks. CNAMTS is also a public administrative body but under joint authority of the Ministries Social Affairs and Economy. Its mission is to define national policy for health insurance.

Wolf G Kroner, Hervé Poiret contributed

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