Arthur P. Meiners was born in the Netherlands but spent his youth in Aruba. After a mix of American and Dutch schools he studied medicine in Rotterdam and then trained and worked as an internist-nefrologist.
He joined the Dutch Agency for the Medicines Evaluation Board in 1991 where he set up and headed the pharmacovigilance department, was the PhVWP member, was the coordinator for pharmacovigilance at the national level across the Agency, Lareb and the Health Inspectorate, and also represented the EU regulators on ICH E2B. He initiated both electronic reporting and PSUR work sharing at the Dutch Agency well before the majority of other EU countries.
In 2001 he became QPPV for J&J, advisory board member to the Pharmacovigilance Platform Netherlands, joined the (PhRMA) EU pharmacovigilance working group, and from 2002 to 2008 was a board member of Janssen Cilag International. He promoted, among other things, a more sensible PSUR layout, the PV compliance questionaire which evolved into the PV handbook, local safety officer training, a modular DDPS design, development of an international contract database and other global information resources, and provided extensive comments on the proposed new EU PV guidances and legislation. He was involved in design and implementation of some of the first risk minimisation programs and several PASS programs.
Since early 2010 he is available as pharmacovigilance consultant for short or long term PV projects, including issue management, system review and improvement, training, or for permanent positions.