Japan Wants EMA To Stay In UK Post-Brexit
The assumption to date has been that the European Medicines Agency will have to relocate from London to another EU member state when the UK leaves the EU. Japan says it should stay. Also, Emer Cooke, the EMA’s head of international affairs, is leaving the agency.
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Currently serving at the WHO, Emer Cooke is set to return to the EMA later this year in the role of executive director. She will have to tackle challenges posed by Brexit, COVID-19 and recent agency restructuring.
European Medicines Agency head Guido Rasi explains the measures being taken to soften the blow of its departure from the UK, while a former health commissioner says that a decision needs to be taken as soon as possible on where the agency will be sited in order to ensure a smooth transition before Brexit.
Retaining existing and recruiting new staff could be a challenge for the London-based European Medicines Agency as a result of the uncertainty over the future location of the agency following the decision by the UK to leave the EU.