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House of Commons - Science and Technology Committee

NEW INQUIRY: EU regulation of the life sciences

The Science and Technology Committee has launched an inquiry into the impact of EU regulation and policy on the UK life sciences. The inquiry will look at how EU legislation and regulation can best facilitate, and not impede, collaboration and innovation in the life sciences with particular reference to the UK life sciences sector. EU legislation and regulation holds the potential to facilitate collaboration and innovation across the 28 member states through harmonising the procedures under which research, and the commercialisation of that research, is conducted. It is not currently clear, however, if such benefits are being fully realised or whether other factors, such as overly prohibitive regulations or the inconsistent application of those regulations across the EU, are limiting UK innovation in the life science sector.

The Committee welcomes submissions on the following issues:

  • What are the key EU regulations and frameworks that govern/influence the conduct of research and innovation in the UK life sciences?
  • In what ways do these EU regulations affect the UK life sciences? What are their benefits and the drawbacks?
  • How transparent, consultative and evidence-based are EU policy-making processes?
  • To what extent is the UK able to shape regulatory processes at the EU level that affect the life sciences?
  • Is the UK able to depart from the application, standards or timing of such EU regulation?

Submit written evidence via the form available here.

The closing date for submissions is 4 March 2016.

Nuffield Council on Bioethics - Cosmetic Procedures

The availability and use of invasive cosmetic procedures, both surgical and non-surgical, to enhance or 'normalise' appearance has grown significantly in recent decades: both in terms of the number of procedures on offer and the numbers of people who choose to undergo them. The Council has established a working party to explore the ethical issues that arise in connection with this increasing access to cosmetic procedure. The working party is calling for evidence on a range of issues:

  • Definitions and aims
  • Increasing demand for cosmetic procedures
  • The supply and regulation of cosmetic procedures
  • Different parts of the body
  • Any other comments

Respondents can participate in a short online survey here, or download the full call for evidence as a Word document here.

Closing date for evidence: 18th March 2016