European Medicines Agency to relocate to Amsterdam - The wait is over

November 2017

The wait is over. We now know where the EMA’s new home will be: Amsterdam. 19 Member States had submitted bids to host the EMA post Brexit, but Amsterdam was ultimately selected, but only after the drawing of lots after a tie with Milan.  

Accessibility for delegates and experts and staff retention had been seen by the EMA as key to ensuring the EMA’s ability to function.  EMA Executive Director, Guido Rasioffers, said that Amsterdam offers excellent connectivity and a building that can be shaped according to the EMA’s needs.

Link to EMA announcement.

On its own website, the EMA has acknowledged the short time scale and complexity moving such a large organisation will entail. The EMA has prepared itself for the “start of a challenging joint relocation project that will have to be delivered within extremely tight timelines”.  From, yesterday’s announcement, the EMA has less than 17 months to conclude its move and take up its operations in Amsterdam, that is by end of March 2019.