Devices specialist bids farewell to Commission:
This article was originally published in Clinica
The European Commission is about to lose one of its most experienced members of staff in the medical devices field. Karen Howes, who initially joined the medical devices unit as a technical expert on attachment to the Commission from the UK's MDA in 1996, will be leaving at the end of April when her contract expires. Ms Howes has some five years of experience at the Commission having returned to the MDA in December 1999 when her then three-year contract expired only to welcomed back to the Commission in November 2000 on a new two-and-a-half year contract, no longer on attachment to the MDA. Ms Howes told Clinica that she intends to remain in the medical devices sector and hopes to work in industry "after a little sabbatical". Ms Howes' replacement has not yet been named.