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HDA UK Media and Political Bulletin – 21 May 2021

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House of Commons – Written Question, 17 May 2021

Louise Haigh (Labour): To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether UK-licensed pharmaceutical suppliers will be able to supply their products to the NHS in Northern Ireland from 1 January 2022, or whether they will be required to split supplies into separate Northern Ireland and Great Britain licences.

House of Commons – Written Answer, 20 May 2021

Edward Argar (Conservative): The Government is working closely with pharmaceutical suppliers to the National Health Service in Northern Ireland to ensure their readiness for the full implementation of the Protocol from 1 January 2022.

House of Commons – Written Question, 11 May 2021
Stephen Farry (Alliance): To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what mitigations he is seeking from the European Commission to enable the movement of medical devices between Great Britain and Northern Ireland with regard to the forthcoming EU Medical Devices Regulation.

House of Commons – Written Answer, 20 May 2021
Edward Argar (Conservative): The Government is committed to helping ensure there is no disruption to the supply of medical devices into Northern Ireland. The Department of Health and Social Care, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) and the Department of Health in Northern Ireland have been working closely with industry to support them in their preparations to comply with the European Union Medical Device Regulation (MDR), which will come into effect in Northern Ireland from 26 May this year.

The Government is not seeking any mitigations from the European Commission regarding the MDR. Following feedback from industry stakeholders and in recognition that guidance from the EU is pending, on 5 March 2021 the MHRA published guidance on importation requirements to assist with compliance in moving medical devices from Great Britain to Northern Ireland. On 10 May 2021, the MHRA wrote to industry to provide further support and clarification on the implementation of the MDR in Northern Ireland.

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HDA UK Media and Political Bulletin – 21 May 2021

From Factory to Pharmacy

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