Advisory Committees

Medical Advisory Committee

Establishment and purpose

The Committee has been established by the Irish National Accreditation Board (INAB), for the sole purpose of offering advice to the INAB Executive on issues of principal importance in the accreditation medical field. This will be primarily in the field of medical laboratory accreditation to ISO 15189 and may expand to other areas of INAB accreditation relevant to the medical sector.


The Committee had its first meeting on the 9th March 2010 at INAB Headquarters in Dublin. The Committe meet 2/3 times per year at INAB Headquarters in Dublin.

Committee Membership

The members shall be nominated by interested parties for a period of 3 years with the possibility of reappointment. The membership shall include representatives of the end users of the accreditation scheme.

The composition of the INAB Medical Advisory Committee is as follows:

  • Chair: Mr. John O'Loughlin
    Laboratory Manager, Rotunda Hospital.
  • Vice-Chair Dr. Michael McDermott
    Consultant Histopathologist, Our Lady's Children's Hospital, Crumlin
  • Dr. Niamh O'Sullivan
    Our Lady's Childrens Hospital, representing the Irish Society Clinical Microbiologists (ICSM).
  • Mr. Christopher Sharpe
    Lead and Technical Assessor for four European Accreditation bodies; former Laboratory Manager for a University Hospital Trust in UK.
  • Dr. Gerard Boran
    Representative of POCT Consultative Group
  • Dr. Joan Fitzgerald
    Consultant Haematologist, St. Vincent's University Hospital, Dublin
  • Mr. Peter O'Leary
    Laboratory Manager, Beaumont Hospital, Dublin
  • Dr Gerard Boran
    Representative for Clinical Chemistry / POCT , Faculty of Pathology
  • Naomi Cronin 
    Histopathology Medical Scientist, ACSLM
  • Eleanor Wallace
    Immunology Medical Scientist, ACSLM
  • Hilda Guerin
    Clinical Chemistry Medical Scientist, ACSLM
  • Susan Walker
    Microbiology Medical scientist, ACSLM
  • Fergus Guilfoyle
    BT medical scientist, ACSLM
  • Johanna Andersson 
    INAB assessor representative