Regulatory Alignment Of UK With EU Post-Brexit Seen As Critical
Retain high-quality regulatory capability and the innovative leadership of the UK medicines agency, align with the EU and don’t build a stand-alone regulatory system. Those are some of the recommendations in the new and wide-ranging industry-led Life Sciences Industrial Strategy relating to the future, post-Brexit regulation of medicines in the UK.
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Another inquiry investigation into the consequences of Brexit in the life sciences area has been launched, this time by the UK House of Commons health committee. Stakeholders are asked to comment on issues like the impact on the regulation of medicines and medical devices, how to ensure continued access to medicines, and whether transitional arrangements will be needed.
A set of proposals in the recently published Life Sciences Industrial Strategy, aimed at improving the way new products are identified and made available under the NHS, reiterates ideas contained in the 2016 Accelerated Access Review. The government says it will respond to the review shortly.