Drugs: Licensing

Department of Health written question – answered on 13th November 2017.

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Photo of Steve McCabe Steve McCabe Labour, Birmingham, Selly Oak

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will ensure that all licensing agreements for medicines made by the NHS are placed on a publicly-accessible database.

Photo of Steve Brine Steve Brine The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

Medicines manufactured by the National Health Service are subject to requirements of the Human Medicines Regulations 2012/1916. As such the manufacturer must be licensed by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) and must comply with specified quality standards. The licence provides for stipulated processes to be conducted. There is a public register of all United Kingdom licensed manufacturers of medicines for human use on the Government services website GOV.UK at:


The MHRA does not hold data on what medicines the NHS manufactures.

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