Suspense Continues Over Formal EMA Hosting Criteria, October Decision On New Home Likely
The criteria for cities wanting to host the European Medicines Agency post Brexit should be formally agreed in June and the agency’s new location could be decided in October. There are concerns that, if the decision is left any longer, it will be hard for the EMA to move in the time remaining before the UK leaves the EU.
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The criteria that candidates seeking to host the European Medicines Agency post-Brexit will have to meet are out for discussion among member state representatives and should be finalized towards the end of June. Formal bids will have to be in by July end and a decision on the EMA’s new home should be made in October.
The many cities that want to host the European Medicines Agency when it moves from London to another member state in light of Brexit are working hard to come up with a determining factor that will make them the obvious choice. It may on the surface seem strange, but Ireland is making much of the fact that if its capital city Dublin were chosen, existing EMA staff wouldn’t need to move there.
Ireland is promoting Dublin as the new natural home of the European Medicines Agency when the agency relocates from London after Brexit. It cites the “excellent existing relationship” the country’s regulator, the HPRA, has with the EMA and with the broader EU medicines regulatory network, and the fact that the HPRA doesn’t only regulate medicines.