The race for the EMA headquarters hots up

Ireland will formally join the race to host the European Medicines Agency (EMA) headquarters in the aftermath of Brexit, says the Irish Health Minister, Simon Harris.

A number of other EU member states have been lobbying for the new headquarters, among them Denmark, Germany, Italy, Spain and Sweden.

Anders Lönnberg, the Swedish government’s life sciences coordinator, previously stated that a working group had already started preparing the case for EMA to move to Stockholm.

The EMA said in July that it will not be the one deciding where to move its 890 employees from the London headquarters, where it’s been based since 1995, as it will be decided by common agreement among member state representatives.

Based on previously commentary, the relocation decision is 12 to 18 months away but there have been recent calls for a faster announcement.

Watch this space!