What We Do

Brexit and The Industrial Strategy

Following the country’s decision to leave the EU, ABHI has worked to ensure the HealthTech position on Brexit has been clearly communicated.

From the outset, we have had an extremely high level of engagement with Ministers and officials, highlighting the importance of the HealthTech sector and the implications of various Brexit scenarios.

Both Peter Ellingworth, ABHI Chief Executive and Neil Mesher, ABHI Board Member, Phillips UK sat on the Life Sciences Industrial Strategy Board that was created under the leadership of Professor Sir John Bell to identify the opportunities for our sector as part of the Government’s broader industrial strategy.

After discussions with Members and stakeholders we developed our report ‘Healthy Outside the EU’ as our substantive input into both Brexit negotiations and the Industrial Strategy. As Brexit discussions progressed, we revisited the initial recommendations to focus on 16 “essentials” for the sector. The updated document was well received at a parliamentary dinner in January 2018.  

Our robust relationships and recommendations on Brexit issues, such as regulation, trade and manufacturing, give our industry a clear and coherent voice across our diverse range of stakeholders and clear input into the Industrial Strategy.

This series of recommendations outlines how the UK can best forge successful international relationships, increase efficiency of healthcare delivery and improve patient outcomes.

Top Priorities 

ABHI consultation with Members has brought together five recommendations that represent a clear view for UK HealthTech:

1. Ensuring regulatory stability and leveraging the global reputation of UK regulators

2. Maintaining favourable terms for trading within and outside the EU, along with an integrated domestic policy to support investment, competitiveness and export performance

3. Support for manufacturing, including continuing to address the domestic skills gap and ensuring that the UK can attract the best talent globally

4. Bespoke support for our vibrant SME community

5. Enhanced collaboration with the health and care system.

How to Get Involved 

Join the ABHI Public Affairs Policy Group (ABHI Members-only)

Sign up for email updates via our home page to receive regular updates on Brexit and the EU negotiations as well as invites to events and webinars (ABHI Members-only).

Give us your views - We are continually seeking the views of ABHI Members on Brexit. Contact us to let us know your views or arrange a call or meeting.

Resources & Timeline of our Engagements

UK Government Update. Letters on 'no deal' Brexit advice for businesses only trading with the EU 11/01/2019

Brexit Update: Here's what you may have Missed 07/01/2019

UK Government Update. Partnership pack: preparing for changes at the UK border after a ‘no deal’ EU exit   21/12/2018

Brexit Update: A Festive Futurology 19/12/2018

Brexit Update: One is Enough, the rest is just History 14/12/2018 

Government Contingency Planning Information Request 14/12/2018

Government Contingency Planning for Providers 10/12/2018

Brexit Update: Between now and the Meaningful Vote 07/12/2018

Government Update on Contingency Planning 07/12/2018

Brexit Update: The Line Between Conviction and Dogma 30/11/2018

Brexit Update: The Rise of the Loyalist 23/11/2018

Brexit Update: The Second Referendum? 16/11/2018

Brexit Update: Interpretation and Perspective 09/11/2018

Brexit Update: Backstops and Borders 26/10/2018

Secretary of State Issues Letter to Suppliers 24/10/2018

Brexit Update: Brextension Time? 19/10/2018

Brexit Update: Politics Writ Large 12/10/2018

Brexit Update: Panto Season is over 05/10/2018

British Chambers of Commerce: Business Brexit Checklist 29/09/2018

Brexit Update: Silly Season is upon us 28/09/2018

Brexit and our Sector: A Message from your Chair 25/09/2018

Brexit Update: Bull and Bluster 21/09/2018

Brexit Update: It has all gone a bit Groundhog 14/09/2018

Brexit Update: Buckle up 07/09/2018

Government Issues Brexit Technical Notice for HealthTech 23/08/208

Annual Brexit survey results 13/08/2018

Department of Health and Social Care - Implementation period: what it means for the life sciences sector 06/08/2018

Brexit Update: Strange and Terrible Times 03/08/2018

Brexit Update: Referendum Part Deux? 27/07/2018

Brexit Update: It's All About The Politics 20/07/2018 

Brexit Update: And so to the White Paper 13/07/2018

Brexit Update: Two New Acronyms 06/07/2018

Brexit Update: To be a Fly on the Wall 29/06/2018

Brexit Update: Another Week, Another Eleventh Hour Concession 22/06/2018

Brexit Update: Déjà vu All Over Again 15/06/2018

June Brexit Update 08/06/2018

Checklist: Are you Ready for Brexit? 24/05/2018

May Brexit Update 24/05/2018

Brexit Update: UK Medtech Industry Viewpoint, And One Notified Body's Strategy. MedTech Insight's report from the ABHI Brexit Seminar 10/05/2018

ABHI Brexit Update to Members 15/03/2018

ABHI Guest Blogs with Paul Bristow: Brexit Showdown 01/03/2018

ABHI Update: EU Publishes Draft Withdrawal Agreement 01/03/2018

Healthy Outside the EU Update 23/01/2018

ABHI Guest Blogs with Paul Bristow: Brexit 08/01/2018

House of Commons Exiting the European Union Committee - Life Sciences Sector Report 05/01/2018

Article 50 negotiations between the European Union and the United Kingdom (Brexit) Position Paper  09/11/2017

UK Government Position Papers and Future Partnership Papers Updated 18/09/2017

Joint MedTech Associations Letter to Michel Barnier & Rt. Hon David Davis MP 12/09/2017

NHS Employers Brexit podcast, featuring ABHI's Richard Phillips 09/09/2017 

12 point Brexit Checklist from Scottish Enterprise 31/08/2017

Press Release: BHA Warns Patients at Risk in Brexit Negotiations 01/08/2017

ABHI Brexit Recommendations Framework 19/07/2017 

ABHI briefing on the European Withdrawal Bill 19/07/2017

A Blog on the EU Withdrawal Bill from Alison Dennis, Chair of our Legal Issues and Compliance Committee 17/07/2017

Press Release: Manufacturing Costs and a Challenging NHS Concern MedTech 07/07/2017

ABHI Brexit Survey Results 2017 07/07/2017

Politics, Policy, Business and Brexit - What Next for MedTech: Speakers Notes 28/06/2017 

ABHI Joins Brexit Health Alliance 16/06/2017

Member Consultation Response 13/04/2017

Healthy Outside the EU Published: 04/04/2017

Member Consultation: Industrial Strategy Input  10/01/2017

ABHI Joins New Life Sciences Industrial Strategy Board 30/11/2016

Press Release: Brexit - Key Messages 15/07/2016

Pre-referendum Members survey results 23/05/2016