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MEPs criticise European Medicines Agency over staffing and conflicts of interest

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 17 May 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d3081
  1. Rory Watson
  1. 1Brussels

The European parliament has refused to sign off the 2009 budget of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) after members of the parliament complained that the London based agency had failed to tighten up its accounting and personnel procedures or to deal with possible conflicts of interests among staff and advisers.

The unusual decision to refuse to grant discharge is an embarrassment for the agency and comes after earlier criticism of the 2009 accounts of almost €200m (£175m; $284m) by the European Union’s financial watchdog, the Court of Auditors.

In their inspection the auditors pointed to the …

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