Exclusive Interview with David Guest, MHRA ahead of Parallel Trade Conference 2021

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  • (1888PressRelease) March 17, 2021 - The conference now only one week away will bring together industry experts to discuss the challenges and drivers of the industry, including the EU regulatory landscape and the impact of the FMD (Falsified Medicines Directive).

    In the run up to the conference we managed to sit down with David Guest, Manager, Parallel Import Unit, MHRA to discuss his thoughts on how COVID-19 is currently impacting the Parallel Trade industry.

    You can download the full interview, as well as other free exclusive content, the latest conference agenda, and list of speakers: www.parallel-trade.com/1888pr8

    Here is a snapshot of what was discussed - the full version of the interview is available on the download centre.

    The Parallel Trade market has matured greatly over recent years, what key differences have you noticed in the last year regarding significant developments?

    “The biggest development has been the conclusion of transition period, and the necessary preparations associated with that. So far as Great Britain is concerned, companies have had to put effort into defining the parallel import licenses that they require to continue the parallel distribution trade. Another key change is that parallel exports have effectively stopped – which has hit certain companies hard, especially if exporting constituted a major part of their business model.”

    What kind of impact do you think post-Brexit will have on the field of Parallel Trade following the end of the transition period?

    “Hopefully, and I can only comment on medicines, there will be little regulatory impact – which has been our intention. There is a need for the regulatory groups to update all of the patient information, but this is a change that can take place over time rather than being a cliff edge – and the intention is that we will not impact the supply of medicines.
    We deliberately designed the process to deal with the end of the parallel distribution to require the minimum input from companies, and so far, we have no indication of major problems.”

    • Engage in a platform discussion inclusive of all different facets of parallel trade in analysing the overall state of the market
    • Explore the effects and impact of the Falsified Medicines Directive and how to best comply to these practices
    • Collaborate and share ideas of how a hard Brexit will impact the EU market and affect parallel trade practices
    • Discover what the industry has learnt from COVID-19 and the impact on export bans

    Register for the virtual conference: online access here: www.parallel-trade.com/1888pr8

    • The law of parallel trade: past, present and future, hosted by Bruckhaus Freshfields Deringer
    • Masterclass in EU Distribution: Strategy & Implementation hosted by Alira Health

    Parallel Trade Conference 2021
    Virtual conference: online access only
    22nd – 23rd March 2021
    Proudly sponsored by UL Global Pharma Alira Health

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