Medicines: register as a broker

Apply for and maintain registrations for the brokering of human medicines.


To be registered as a broker by the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), you must comply with good distribution practice (GDP) and pass regular GDP inspections of your site.

A UK-based company that independently negotiates the selling or buying medicines on the behalf of another company must be registered as a broker. A broker does not:

  • buy or sell the products
  • own the products
  • physically handle the products

Wholesale dealers who want to broker medicines must also register.

You can only broker a medicinal product that has a licence (marketing authorisation).

The MHRA publishes the UK broker register.

Apply to register as a broker of medicines

Apply for registration as a broker on MHRA Submissions.

The registration process

Your application will be sent to the MHRA and should take 90 working days to process.

The MHRA may:

  • check the identities of the ‘broker’ and other named staff
  • contact you to arrange for an inspection of your site(s) (the inspection process is similar to that for good distribution practice (GDP) and you will be asked to prepare information in advance)
  • interview members of your staff

If there is a requirement for an inspector to conduct an onsite inspection, shortly after the inspection you will receive a letter, with details of any issues raised. When the inspector is satisfied that these issues have been addressed, the MHRA will publish the information on a publicly accessible UK register.

All GDP certificates for UK-based companies are published on MHRA-GMDP.

Update your registration

Tell the MHRA if the details of your original registration changes using MHRA Submissions.

It takes 30 working days to process these changes, which are known as ‘variations’.

In some cases, the MHRA will carry out an inspection and the process takes 90 working days.

To request removal from the register, email

Fees and payment

The fee payable depends on the number of sites you are registering in your application.

Broker registration Fee
New application for registration as a Broker £3157
Additional fee if the risk assessment triggers an inspection £582
Inspection £1936
Standard variation £257
Assessment of the Annual Compliance Report £257
Annual Compliance where a variation is required £514

Make a payment to the MHRA



Telephone: 020 3080 6844

Opening hours: 9:30am to 12:30pm

Published 18 December 2014
Last updated 19 October 2022 + show all updates
  1. Contact details now include a telephone number and opening hours.

  2. Following the end of the transition period, we have added links to the MHRA Submissions website.

  3. Changed ‘responsible person’ to 'broker'

  4. Changed MHRA address.

  5. First published.