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European Medicines Agency relocates to Amsterdam

European Medicines Agency relocates to Amsterdam

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Chris Stirling says: “For Britain it's the first tangible evidence of what being outside the jurisdiction of the single market, the CJEU and other EU legal structures means. Once it became clear after Lancaster House that these were UK red-lines, the EMA's relocation was inevitable.

“The EMA’s departure means we lose regulatory jobs of course, but it is also clear that the UK's domestic regulator the MHRA will need a major repositioning post-Brexit. Much of its day to day activity is in support of the EMA, and much of what the EMA does is relied on by the MHRA.

“For Amsterdam it's a windfall beyond just the regulatory jobs. We know that our clients consider being close to the EMA as an important consideration in location strategy, so the EMA location should attract private sector investment as a result.

“The Amsterdam decision may well have been influenced by staff retention issues, as it is close to London and a popular city for international business.

“The relocation does, however, open doors for the creation of a single UK agency for medicines, medical devices and veterinary medical products. Rapid advancements in science and technology over the last 10 years has fast out-paced European regulatory frameworks, with regulators and payers alike struggling to assess the true benefit of new innovations, such as curative therapies.
“The relocation could provide an opportunity to streamline and enhance the abundance of regulation in this area, to find better and cheaper ways of preventing, treating and curing disease.”


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