Press Release

“Dublin would be a fantastic home for European Medicine Agency,” Minister for Health, Simon Harris, tells Industry gathering

Speaking at the Irish Pharmaceutical Healthcare Associations (IPHA) annual dinner in Dublin this evening (17 November 2016) the Minister for Health, Simon Harris T.D. called on delegates to support Ireland’s bid to become the new home for the European Medicines Agency (EMA).

Minister Harris highlighted the vital role the EMA plays in protecting public and animal health by ensuring that all medicines available on the EU market are safe, effective and of high quality and the importance of minimising disruption to the EMA and its employees post-Brexit.

The Minister stated, “Dublin would be a fantastic new home for the EMA and we would very much welcome your support in bringing this key agency to Dublin. Given the proximity to its current home in London and as English is the working language of the EMA, a move to Dublin would ensure any disruption to the agency’s vital work and employees would be kept to a minimum.

Ireland has a proactive and highly regarded national medicines agency in the shape of the HPRA.

In addition, as a modern capital city Dublin has much to offer as a home for such a vital organisation with excellent air connectivity, a strong pharmaceutical sector and an excellent research community.”