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European Medicines Agency to relocate to Amsterdam

Jaclyn Jaeger | November 21, 2017

The European Medicines Agency, which has been based in London since its establishment in 1995, will move to Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The need to relocate is a consequence of the U.K.’s withdrawal from the European Union.

This decision was taken on 20 November 2017 by the EU 27 member states in the margins of the General Affairs Council (Art. 50). The European Medicines Agency (EMA)—which is responsible for the scientific evaluation, supervision, and safety monitoring of medicines in the EU and is essential for the functioning of the single market for medicines in the EU—now has just over 16 months to prepare for the move and take up its operations in Amsterdam by 30 March 2019.

EMA Executive Director Guido Rasi said in a...

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