• By ICR Secretariat
  • Posted Thursday, March 8, 2018

UK PM signals intent to remain with EMA


'Prime Minister Theresa May has unveiled the government’s desire for the UK to remain part of the European Medicines Agency following its departure from the European Union.

In a key speech on Brexit she revealed that the government will “explore with the EU the terms on which the UK could remain part of EU agencies such as those that are critical for the chemicals, medicines and aerospace industries”.

This, she said, would mean “abiding by the rules of those agencies and making an appropriate financial contribution”.

The UK is also committed to “establishing a far-reaching science and innovation pact with the EU”, that would facilitate the exchange of ideas and enable the UK to participate in key programmes alongside EU partners, the PM confirmed.

Healthcare and industry leaders welcomed the announcement.

“Every month, 45 million packs of medicines move from the UK to the EU – and 37 million come the other way. That is why the Prime Minister’s commitment to seek cooperation on medicines regulation would be the best outcome for patients, not just in the UK but across Europe,” said Mike Thompson, chief executive of the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry.'

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