The Health Products Regulatory Authority's role is to protect and enhance public and animal health by regulating medicines, medical devices and other health products in the Republic of Ireland. They also monitor the safety of cosmetics.
The HPRA is a state agency that puts the health of people and animals at the core of everything. Using scientific and clinical expertise to review and monitor health products available in Ireland or exported abroad. The HPRA's aim is to make sure that health products they regulate are as safe as possible and do as intended to do.
Formerly known as Irish Medicines Board (IMB), they became the HPRA in July 2014. The new name better reflects the broader remit and regulatory functions which have expanded over a number of years to include:
- Human medicines
- Veterinary medicines
- Clinical trials
- Medical devices
- Controlled drugs
- Blood and blood components
- Tissues and cells
- Cosmetic products
- The protection of animals used for scientific purposes
- Organs intended for transplantation