Bids For EMA Show East-West Split Over Principle of Fair Spread Of Agencies
Some countries in eastern Europe say that they should host the European Medicines Agency in order to respect the criterion of “geographical spread.” But many in western Europe say this principle should apply only to new agencies and that the criterion of business continuity at the EMA should take precedence.
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Sept. 30 is the date by which the European Commission must complete its assessment of member states’ bids to host the European Medicines Agency after Brexit. The agency has again highlighted the pressures it is under as a result of the relocation, and the situation has worsened after some LGBT staff members expressed concern about their rights in certain potential host countries in eastern Europe.
Massimo Scaccabarozzi, president of Italy’s Farmindustria and Janssen Italy’s MD, warns that the EMA could lose almost all of its current staff if it moves to a country they do not want to go to, and has called for a shortlist of candidate countries to be drawn up.
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