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Publication - Professor Keith Syrett

    Regulation, innovation and disruption

    the European Medicines Agency and adaptive licensing of pharmaceuticals


    Syrett, K, 2019, ‘Regulation, innovation and disruption: the European Medicines Agency and adaptive licensing of pharmaceuticals’. Law, Innovation and Technology.


    Growing concerns over the related problems of more speedily bringing innovative pharmaceuticals (especially so-called ‘precision medicines’) to market, and addressing areas of unmet medical need, have engendered critical scrutiny of the existing process for the licensing of pharmaceutical products. The objective is to enable these products to receive approval sooner, but on the basis of the provision of less complete evidence, than was previously the case. This article examines the attempts made to tackle this issue at European Union level, through a pilot programme exploring ‘adaptive’ approaches to licensing operated by the European Medicines Agency. Responses to this initiative indicate significant difficulty in securing regulatory legitimacy in this context. This suggests that innovative pharmaceutical technologies
    are disruptive of existing regulatory frameworks, such that future attempts to accommodate them within these may be susceptible to failure

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