Robert Madelin became Director-General for Health and Consumer Protection at the European Commission in January 2004. He has overall responsibility for the day-to-day running of the work of the Directorate-General in its three main areas: public health, food safety and consumer protection.
He previously served in a variety of postings (1997-2003) as a Director in the Directorate-General for Trade, where he had the chance to work on a range of issues, including: access to medicines, agriculture, biotechnology, corporate responsibility, food and product standards, global governance, intellectual property, investment, services, sustainable development, and relations with the Asia-Pacific. Prior to this, he was Deputy Head of Cabinet to Sir Leon (now Lord) Brittan, European Commission Vice-President.
Robert Madelin was born in 1957. He married Marie-Christine Jalabert in 1990. He was educated in England, at the Royal Grammar School, High Wycombe, and at Magdalen College, Oxford. He joined the British Civil Service in 1979, serving mainly in London and Brussels and joined the Commission in 1993. He studied at the Ecole Nationale d’Administration, Paris in 1983-4. 
- EUROPA Commission appoints Directors-General for Interpretation and for Health and Consumer Protection, 16 December 2003.