Dr. Hönel was the head of the Austrian Surveillance Body (Inspectorate) of the Austrian Health Authority from 2004 till 2014. He dealt with and was responsible for Medicinal Products, Medical Devices, drugs, enforcement and vigilance. He was member of the Austrian Medical Devices Advisory Council for the Minister of Health, member of the management board of the PIC/S, EMA expert for GCP and PHV, member of several working groups of the European Commission and is member of the Austrian Anti-Doping Commission NADA. From 1996 till 2004 he worked within the pharmaceutical industry in Drug Development. Since 2014 he is consultnat and Auditor for the pharmaceutical and medical device industry. His scientific background are university degrees in veterinary medicine, law and politics, as well as Public Health Care (MBA), Medical Law (LL.M.) and Pharma-Management (MSc).