Technical matters

Hand picking up a tablet from a production line

This area covers the life cycle of a product through its design and formulation before application to the Medicines & Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) for an authorisation to market the product.

A Marketing Authorisation is the only way in which a medicine produced by a pharmaceutical company can be made available for a doctor to write a prescription in normal clinical practice. To learn more about the work of the MHRA visit the Licensing of medicines section of the MHRA website.

The MHRA also issues manufacturing authorisations which entitle a company to manufacture medicines in the UK. The ABPI works through its Pharmaceutical Quality Expert Network to monitor regulatory activity on these topics and participate actively in the development of legislation at both national and European levels. The Network also facilitates the exchange between members of good practice in these important areas.

Contribution to the UK economy

We work with many partners to ensure that the UK benefits by having a sound manufacturing, quality and early supply base for pharmaceuticals, helping the stability of the UK economy. Pharmaceutical manufacture provides the highest balance of trade surplus of any manufacturing sector in the UK and in 2009 contributed around £7 billion to the UK balance of trade.

Environmental health and safety

Good environmental health and safety performance is a major consideration in all aspects of pharmaceutical industry activity.

Through the Environmental Health and Safety Network, we monitor regulatory activity on these topics and participate actively in the development of legislation at both national and European levels, as well as facilitating the sharing of good practice amongst member companies. 

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