Professor Hamid Ghodse has been reelected for another five-year term as a member of the global drug law body the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB). Professor Ghodse of St George’s, University of London, who is currently president of the INCB, will sit on the board from 2012 to 2017. This will be his fifth consecutive term at the organisation, and is a record among members.

The INCB is an independent United Nations (UN) organisation that monitors and supports governments’ compliance with international drug control treaties. It consists of 13 members, who are elected by the UN’s Economic and Social Council, and who serve in their personal capacity rather than as government representatives.

Prof Ghodse, who is a professor of psychiatry and international drug policy at St George’s and also heads its International Centre for Drug Policy (ICDP), has been a member of the INCB since 1992. Since 1993, he has been elected president 11 times, including his current term.

In his INCB role, Professor Ghodse is involved in leading the INCB’s engagement with governments around the world, in efforts to stem the illicit drugs trade. The INCB also works to ensure adequate supply of and access to controlled drugs for medical and scientific purposes.

The INCB was established in 1968 to implement United Nations international drug control conventions. Its work involves identifying flaws in drug control measures, and assisting governments to correct them.