About the ABPI

The ABPI exists to make the UK the best place in the world to research, develop and use new medicines. We represent companies of all sizes who invest in discovering the medicines of the future. 

Our members supply cutting edge treatments that improve and save the lives of millions of people. We work in partnership with Government and the NHS so patients can get new treatments faster and the NHS can plan how much it spends on medicines. Every day, we partner with organisations in the life sciences community and beyond to transform lives across the UK.

As the United Kingdom prepares to leave the European Union, our sector has worked together with UK Government to establish consensus on a number of issues including access to talent.

We believe the UK should seek to negotiate an agreement with the EU that facilitates the ease of movement for highly-skilled talent in Life Sciences, through:

  • Delivering a UK immigration system that is needs-based, straightforward and rapid
  • Agreeing a reciprocal arrangement with the EU that facilitates ease of movement for scientists, researchers and highly-skilled workers, maintaining current systems such as the Intra-company Transfer process
  • Guaranteeing the rights of scientists, researchers and highly-skilled​ workers EU citizens already in the UK, alongside securing the rights of UK citizens working and operating in the EU

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