Thursday, 14 December, 2017

European Medicines Agency to be relocated to Amsterdam, the Netherlands

European Medicines Agency to relocate from London to Amsterdam post-Brexit EMA Headquarters to Move to Amsterdam
Kenny Thornton | 23 November, 2017, 17:59

The European Medicines Agency (EMA), which employs around 1,000 well-paid staff, coordinates the evaluation of the safety and effectiveness of treatments by national agencies before they can be used across the EU.

Yesterday (Mon) the Agency announced its decision to relocate to Amsterdam from Canary Wharf, London, because of Brexit.

Just over half of EMA staffers said they would stay if it moved to Dublin: 55% said they were "likely" to "very likely" to stay, leaving a 45% staff loss.

Wouter Bos, a Dutch government appointed "ambassador" for the EMA bid, said: "Amsterdam scores great when it comes to the new building, the accessibility and everything that city has to offer for the employees of the EMA".

A complicating factor could be the reluctance of many EMA staff to move to some of the 19 cities in the running, the agency has warned. "However even in this case, our activities will be impacted and we need to plan for this now to avoid the creation of gaps in knowledge and expertise", added Rasi.

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The EMA is essential for the functioning of the single market for medicines in the EU. The European Commission compared the bids but did not make a true assessment or express any preference.

"My staff and I are very honoured that so many Member States showed an interest in hosting EMA", Professor Rasi commented. "Our successful pharmaceutical industry will suffer".

The decision today marks the official start of a challenging joint relocation project that will have to be delivered within extremely tight timelines whereby the relocation has to be completed by 30 March 2019. It worked. The Netherlands was considered a good bet in safeguarding EMA's work. Because of its important role to safeguard public and animal health in the EU, EMA is committed to giving stakeholders and the public full visibility of the relocation project.

BIA CEO Steve Bates has said: "London's loss is Amsterdam's gain".

The statement said: "There are three principles which underpin the development of a post-Brexit regulatory system for medicines and devices: patients should not be disadvantaged; innovators should be able to access the United Kingdom market as quickly and simply as possible; and we will continue to play a leading role in both Europe and the world in promoting public health".

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