About the ABPI

The ABPI represents innovative resea​rch-based biopharmaceutical companies, large, medium and small, leading an exciting new era of biosciences in the UK.

Our industry, a major contributor to the economy of the UK, brings life-saving and life-enhancing medicines to patients. We represent companies who supply more than 80 per cent of all branded medicines used by the NHS and who are researching and developing the majority of the current medicines pipeline, ensuring that the UK remains at the forefront of helping patients prevent and overcome disease.

Globally our industry is researching and developing more than 7,000 new medicines.

The ABPI is recognised by government as the industry body negotiating on behalf of the branded pharmaceutical industry for statutory consultation requirements including the pricing scheme for medicines in the UK.​​​​​​​


Securing co-operation between the EU and UK on the regulation of medicines will be critical to providing certainty to the pharmaceutical industry in the UK and ensuring EU and UK patients are able to continue to access the medicines they need from day 1 of the UK leaving the EU.

Our sector has worked together with government since 24 June 2016 to establish consensus on a number of issues including access to talent. 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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