EMA Suspends Some Activities & Warns That High Job Losses Could Halt Its Operations
Some regulatory activities have been on hold at the European Medicines Agency as it prepares for the impact of the UK’s departure from the EU. The EMA is also concerned that unexpectedly high staff losses will seriously affect its ability to operate.
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The EMA is halting its cherished transparency initiative on study data as it reckons with the fact that many of its employees will not be relocating to its new headquarters in Amsterdam. International collaboration, guidelines development and revision, and the agency's involvement in stakeholder meetings will all be cut back.
The EMA is to further refocus on its core activities to help it deal with “higher than expected” staff losses due to its relocation to Amsterdam.
Dutch officials took part in the December meeting of the EMA management board and presented details of their plans for the agency’s relocation to Amsterdam. The board also adopted the 2018 work program and budget, which allow for a 6.8% rise in fee-related revenue next year, and said phase 2 of the Brexit business continuity plan would begin in January.