This theme is now closed for comment. The announcement on Red Tape Challenge plans can be read by clicking here.
You can read comments made during the theme spotlight (9 March 2012 – 12 April 2012), by sub-category below.
Over 250 regulations are within scope of the Medicines Red Tape Challenge. Much of our legislation derives from the EU, such as the clinical trial and medicines directives and we are keen to identify where more efficient ways to enforce regulation can be found that reduce unnecessary administration but do not weaken necessary public health safeguards.
Over the next five weeks that the medicines theme is live we are keen to hear from those with ideas about streamlining regulation. You will be contributing to an important exercise that seeks to identify areas for change and more effective ways of achieving common goals to improve how we currently regulate medicines.
This exercise covers the regulation of medicines and aspects of pharmaceutical practice. A further exercise covering the remainder of Department of Health regulation that impacts on business, such as the cost of medicines, voluntary organisation or the citizen, but excluding the NHS, will be covered in a separate Red Tape Challenge in the autumn. The regulation of medical devices is currently under consideration by government and will form part of a separate Red Tape Challenge at a later time.
Covers the authorisation of medicines and the regulation of the pharmaceutical industry during the licensing, manufacturing and distribution of medicinal products
Covers authorisation and regulation of clinical trials for medicines
Covers the regulation of test facilities which conduct non-clinical studies on new chemicals or biological substances to obtain data on their safety with respect to human & animal health or the environment
Covers regulation of the collection, testing, processing, storage and distribution of human blood and blood components
Covers the regulation of responsible pharmacist plus safe management and use of controlled drugs
Covers the fee requirements associated with regulation of medicines and healthcare products
Covers regulation of traditional herbal medicines that are suitable for use without medical supervision
Covers regulation of homeopathic medicines
This site is designed to promote open discussion of ways in which the aims of existing regulation can be fulfilled in the least burdensome way possible. The presence of a particular regulation or law on this website should not be read as implying any intention on the part of the Government to remove that regulation or law from the statute book. The purpose of this exercise is to open government up to the public.