Keith McDonald joined the UK Medicines Control Agency in 1997 and has held positions as pharmaceutical assessor, Unit and Group Manager and was appointed to the position of Deputy Director in 2015. He is responsible for operational delivery of the Licensing Division, including new marketing authorisation applications, scientific advice, clinical trials applications and parallel imports. The Licensing Division is also responsible for delivery of Promising Innovative Medicines designations and Scientific Opinions in the UK Early Access to Medicines scheme and for the operation of the MHRA Innovation Office. He is currently vice chair of the Coordination Group for Mutual Recognition and Decentralised procedures (Human). He is a pharmacist and fellow of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain.