It is clear to us that the UK and its MHRA now offer an efficient and effective means to progress clinical development programmes, offering a well-respected regulatory opinion and providing a stepping-stone into conversations with the EMA, FDA and others.
As the MHRA embarks on a new journey, as a fully sovereign regulator outside the EU, we believe the UK will establish a new era of influence in regulatory guidance for clinical development:
The MHRA is already highly respected globally, its views are influential worldwide and it is still considered as an authority that will ‘punch above its weight’ post Brexit. It is globally recognised as having played an integral role in the design of the EU regulatory environment and its personnel will continue to be involved in the evolution of regulatory convergence and new technologies . The MHRA will be part of the new ACCESS consortium working groups and it is developing UK based initiatives and development tools within the Innovative Licensing and Access Pathway.
The UK remains a world-renowned centre for research and clinical development, pharma companies and innovation.
As the MHRA is now a fully sovereign regulator it has control over the decisions it believes will most benefit UK citizens and will be keen to ensure the UK retains access to the latest available treatments. As has been evidenced most recently with the multiple Covid-19 UK vaccine approvals, it is clear that it will continue to work in an agile and pragmatic manner in the interest of National and Global Health concerns.
The MHRA has a well-deserved reputation for making prompt, pragmatic and patient benefit-powered decisions, positioning it at the vanguard of global clinical development plans. If issues do arise, the MHRA’s high-quality responses may be a valuable form of ‘early warning’ to address these before speaking with other regulators in other territories.
Scheduling scientific advice meetings between key trials is often a complicated aspect of global development when trying to align the next trial protocols and regulatory expectations. The MHRA is renowned for its agility which allows companies to position and schedule its opinion efficiently between FDA and EMA meetings at key milestones during development. The MHRA also aims to remain pragmatic and avoid unnecessary bureaucracy and may take into account some global opinions to assist the access of novel and effective medicines to patients.