Malta launches bid to host the European Medicines Agency

The Government of Malta launched its bid to host the European Medicines Agency (EMA) which will be moving out of London following Brexit.

The bid launch led by the Medicines Authority was announced during a press conference addressed by Minister for Social Dialogue, Consumer Affairs and Civil Liberties Helena Dalli, Minister for Health Chris Fearne and Chairman of the Malta Medicines Authority Prof. Anthony Serracino Inglott, at the Grand Master’s Palace, Valletta.

Minister Dalli said that the government embraces the opportunity to act as a hub for the pharmaceutical and life sciences sectors in Europe, and guarantees the necessary resources to facilitate the current and future needs of such an evolving sector.

“Malta’s safe and social environment and positive civil rights enable residents and visitors alike to come together easily to share experiences and learn from each other”, added Dr Dalli.

Minister Dalli explained that Malta will provide all the necessary assistance in the relocation process through a special dedicated office offering personalised support including housing and schooling for all employees and their dependants.

Minister for Health Chris Fearne said that ‘‘Malta has an excellent medical reputation. We offer high quality, free medical care from primary to tertiary level to all Malta residents. Our islands are also fast becoming international hubs for world-class medical education and medical services’’.

Malta’s environment is the right setting for scientists and experts to work in a tranquil, transparent and independent manner. “The absence of massive powerful pharmaceutical industry, for example, releases any possible pressure on the regulator, in this case the European Medicines Authority,” explained the Health Minister.

Professor Anthony Serracino Inglott added that ‘‘The Malta Medicines Authority has accepted with enthusiasm to lead the bid of the Maltese Government to host on our islands the European Medicines Agency (EMA)’’.

Malta is offering state-of-the-art, ergonomically designed, purpose-built premises with the latest technological facilities. Malta’s economically advantageous services in education, health and living conditions, individually tailor-made to meet the needs of the families of all personnel at present working for the EMA, shall not only avoid potential brain drain but should also attract the best experts in Europe, both as permanent employees and as visitors.