Westminster Health Forum

Priorities for the regulation of medicines, clinical trials and medical devices in the UK

Morning, Thursday, 6th June 2019

Central London


This conference will be a timely opportunity to discuss the future for the regulation of medicines, clinical trials and medical devices in the UK - looking at patient safety, access and next steps for policy.

Attendees will discuss what more could be done to ensure that the regulatory process supports the development of new treatments within the UK - in light of the announcement of additional investment in the Life Sciences Sector Deal 2, which set out sector and Government actions to promote innovative regulation that keeps pace with emerging technologies.

The seminar also follows the publication of the NHS Long Term Plan, which set out further actions to support the UK economy and supported the Life Sciences Sector Deal.

Delegates will assess the changing landscape of healthcare regulation and the future role of the UK in European regulatory procedures - including key issues for maintaining access, innovation and the supply of medicines to the UK.

The seminar comes as the MHRA prepares for different post-Brexit scenarios and as the European Medicines Agency (EMA) relocates to Amsterdam.

Attendees will also address the impact of the Early Access to Medicine Scheme, which aims to give patients access to medicines that do not yet have marketing authorisation - as well as next steps for working with patients in the decision making process.

Following the seizures of more than £2m of fake medicines and devices by the MHRA, and taking into account patient safety considerations, the agenda looks at what more could be done to deter the manufacture and supply of fake products in the future and also educate the public on safety advice when purchasing medicines.

Further sessions consider the future for regulation to ensure the transparency of clinical trials and maintain public trust, with the Science and Technology Commons Select Committee publishing its report into research integrity, which found that the non-publication of clinical trial results is a risk to human health.

Keynote Speaker

Professor Sir Jonathan Montgomery

Chair, Health Research Authority

Keynote Speakers

Dr Nicole Mather

former Director, Office for Life Sciences

Dr Ian Hudson

Chief Executive, MHRA

Professor Sir Jonathan Montgomery

Chair, Health Research Authority


Daniel Zeichner MP

Vice-Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group for Life Sciences


Dr Vaughan Lewis

Medical Director, Specialised Commissioning, NHS England South

Dr Jayne Spink

Chief Executive Officer, Genetic Alliance UK

Phil Brown

Director, Technical and Regulatory, ABHI

Julian Maitland-Walker

Senior Partner, Maitland Walker

Dr David Jefferys

Senior Vice President, Eisai

Dr Sam Roberts

Director for Innovation and Life Sciences, NHS England

Diar Fattah

Associate Director, Medicines Optimisation, Dartford, Gravesham & Swanley CCG

Alison Hall

Head of Humanities, PHG Foundation