EMA Aims To Carry On With EU GMP Annex 1 Revision Despite Brexit-Related Staff Departures
The European Medicines Agency is continuing to work on revising Annex 1 of the EU GMP guideline even as the agency focuses more on core tasks like responding to urgent public health threats amid greater-than-expected staff departures in advance of its Brexit-driven move from London to Amsterdam.
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