The Medicines and Medical Devices Bill first announced in October 2019 will go before Parliament on Thursday 13th February 2020.
The Bill will be presented by Baroness Blackwood. Its original purpose, as reported by MAP, is to:
- Ensure that the UK remains at the forefront of the global life sciences industry after Brexit, giving patients faster access to innovative medicines and supporting the growth of our domestic sector
- Allow the UK to take a lead role in global research to find cures for rare diseases and improve treatments for patients around the world
At the time of the Queen’s Speech in which the Bill was first revealed, there was much uncertainty about the forthcoming Brexit and how medicines and medical devices would be affected. While a good portion of this uncertainty remains, the reading of the Bill should give some clarity to the Government’s approach to these key sectors of the UK economy.
Read more on the Bill here.