About us

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency regulates medicines, medical devices and blood components for transfusion in the UK.


Recognised globally as an authority in its field, the agency plays a leading role in protecting and improving public health and supports innovation through scientific research and development.

Who we are

We’re an executive agency of the Department of Health and Social Care.

We employ more than 1,300 people and have facilities in London, York and South Mimms, Hertfordshire.

Our responsibilities

The agency is responsible for:

  • ensuring that medicines, medical devices and blood components for transfusion meet applicable standards of safety, quality and efficacy
  • ensuring that the supply chain for medicines, medical devices and blood components is safe and secure
  • promoting international standardisation and harmonisation to assure the effectiveness and safety of biological medicines
  • helping to educate the public and healthcare professionals about the risks and benefits of medicines, medical devices and blood components, leading to safer and more effective use
  • supporting innovation and research and development that’s beneficial to public health
  • influencing UK, EU and international regulatory frameworks so that they’re risk-proportionate and effective at protecting public health

Our priorities

Our Delivery Plan 2021-2023 ‘Putting patients first; A new era for our agency’, sets out the agency’s objectives and deliverables across six core themes:

  • Scientific innovation
  • Healthcare access
  • Patient safety
  • Dynamic organisation
  • Collaborative partnerships
  • Financial sustainability

These are underpinned by our priority to develop and improve patient and public involvement.

This Delivery Plan 2021-2023 replaces the existing Corporate Plan 2018-2023.

Every year our staff are invited to speak at conferences and other events around the world. Read our guide to booking MHRA speakers.

Our advisory bodies

We have created a number of independent advisory committees to provide impartial advice to ministers about the regulation of medicines and medical devices. These committees may also establish working groups to address specific problems. Members of these committees may receive a fee and claim some expenses.

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