BIA Head Attacks Rapporteur Reallocation, But Welcomes Further Clarity On Transition Period
Steve Bates, CEO of the BIA, is concerned that the EU authorities are overloading national regulatory agencies by reallocating UK rapporteurships to other member states before they are ready to take them on. However, he has welcomed clarification from the UK government over the movement of medicines during any Brexit transitional period.
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