External Affairs

Chair: Ray Harris

External Affairs is PSI’s newest committee. Our remit is to promote, amongst members of the pharmaceutical industry and the general public, a proper understanding of risks, benefits and associated statistical issues as they relate to pharmaceutical research, development, manufacturing and marketing.

This will be achieved by:

  • A programme of interactions with the media, including the submission of letters and articles to learned and lay press and other media outlets.
  • A programme of activities designed to highlight to the pharmaceutical industry (e.g., companies and professional bodies) the importance of statistics and appropriate statistical methods.
  • A programme of activities designed to highlight to people and bodies of influence (e.g., political organisations and politicians, regulatory bodies) the importance of statistics and appropriate statistical methods.
  • Responding to requests for a PSI perspective on relevant statistical matters.
  • Responding to emerging statistical issues of public and/or industry significance with written or oral submissions.
  • Promoting interaction between PSI and its members and the media for example, by encouraging journalists to attend and participate in PSI events; by encouraging PSI committees to hold events that will attract journalists and interest the audiences they serve.

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  • Statistical Issues in Regulatory Submissions: Learning from the MHRA experience. - Dates: 10 Jun, 2019

    Based on the MHRA experience from hundreds of scientific advice meetings with industry and contributions to CHMP scientific advice, this one-day course will provide valuable insights to the most talked about methodological challenges facing applicants.
  • PSI Journal Club: PhD Webinar - Dates: 15 – 15 May, 2019

    Our next journal club is the inaugural PhD webinar, where we will share 4 topics with you from 4 PhD students. Our format will be slightly changed, with each student presenting for 10 minutes, followed by 5 minutes of discussion.
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