Committee seeks clarity on EU proposals for medicine supply to Northern Ireland
28 January 2022
Today the House of Lords Sub-Committee on the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland has written to the Foreign Secretary seeking clarity on the EU proposals for medicine supply to Northern Ireland, published on 17 December.
- Letter from Lord Jay of Ewelme to the Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss MP, re: Provision of medicines to Northern Ireland, dated 28 January 2022
- Written evidence from the Healthcare Distribution Association, dated 17 January 2022
- Written evidence from PAGB, the consumer healthcare association, dated 17 January 2022
- Written evidence from Teva UK Limited, dated 18 January 2022
- Letter to Lord Frost CMG, regarding medicine supply to Northern Ireland under the Protocol, dated 18 November 2021
In its letter, the Committee:
- Invites the Foreign Secretary to respond to the Committee’s detailed letter to Lord Frost on 18 November on the issues that have arisen for medicine supply to Northern Ireland under the Protocol, to which the Committee awaits a response.
- Asks for the Government’s detailed analysis of the EU’s proposals on provision of medicines published on 17 December, and the extent to which they will resolve the problems that have arisen;
- Asks the Foreign Secretary to respond to evidence from pharmaceutical industry stakeholders, welcoming the progress that has been made towards a resolution of the issues;
- Seeks the Government’s views on various outstanding issues requiring resolution flagged up by industry stakeholders, and how the Government is seeking to address them;
- Requests an update on the current state of discussions between the UK and the EU on the provision of medicines to Northern Ireland.