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Euro MPs refuse to approve medicines agency’s accounts until they tighten rules on conflicts of interest

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 17 May 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e3495
  1. Rory Watson
  1. 1Brussels

The European Parliament is refusing to sign off the European Medicines Agency’s financial accounts for 2010 until the London based organisation shows that it has effective procedures in place to handle potential conflicts of interest among its scientific experts.

MEPs overwhelmingly backed a resolution on 10 May prepared by the Romanian Christian Democrat member Monica Luisa Macovei postponing their approval and confirming that they were “seriously concerned by the failure of the agency and its management board to effectively address the matter of conflict of interests.”

They acknowledged that the agency had adopted a new policy last month to tackle conflicts of interest and breaches of trust involving scientific committee members …

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