Report from EMA - Industry survey on Brexit preparedness

"This survey indicates that some companies need to step up efforts to ensure medicine supply in the EU.

13th July 2018

A recent European Medicines Agency (EMA) survey shows that marketing authorisation holders for more than half (58%) of the 694 centrally authorised products (CAPs) with an important step in their regulatory processes in the United Kingdom (UK), are on track with their regulatory planning to ensure that their marketing authorisation remains valid once the UK leaves the European Union (EU).

The aim of the survey, which was launched in January 2018, was to identify CAPS that are potentially at risk of supply shortages and to obtain information on the timelines for submission of the necessary regulatory changes. The survey was sent to marketing authorisation holders of the 694 CAPs (661 human and 33 veterinary products) who are located in the UK or who have quality control, batch release and/or import or manufacturing sites, or a QPPV or PSMF in the UK.

EMA is liaising directly with the marketing authorisation holders who either did not reply to the survey or have indicated in the survey that they do not plan to submit the changes required by 30 March 2019 and have manufacturing sites in the UK only, as this could potentially lead to supply disruptions.

Companies are reminded to plan for the UK’s withdrawal from the EU on 29 March 2019 and are advised to regularly check EMA’s dedicated webpage on the consequences of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. In particular, EMA encourages companies to refer to the updated Q+As and practical guidance for industry published on 19 June 2018.

Please read the official publication here

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