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Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 16th July 2021.

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Photo of Andrew Boff Andrew Boff Conservative

London business UtterBerry has created a world-leading contactless symptom scanner technology which is in the advanced stages of the FDA’s approval process in the US but is currently still undergoing MHRA approval here in the UK. Is there anything you can do to support UtterBerry to ensure their much-needed technology is quickly approved and rolled out across London to reduce the need for future lockdowns?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

London is a world-leading smart city with the potential to be a global testbed for innovation, including in the health and care sector. Where we are approached on the potential for new technologies, including to assist the city's recovery from the pandemic, we refer to the advice of the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). The methods and timescales for the MHRA to determine the safety, quality and effectiveness of new products is a matter for the MHRA to determine. My Chief Digital Officer for London has recently published the draft Emerging Tech Charter for London which sets out London's expectations for innovators and buyers on how data-enabled technologies should be trialled and deployed in the city, including adherence to three important principles: working in the open, respect for diversity and trustworthiness with data.