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.
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
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
Government Update on Contingency Planning 07/12/2018
Brexit Update: The Rise of the Loyalist 23/11/2018
Brexit Update: The Second Referendum? 16/11/2018
Brexit Update: Backstops and Borders 26/10/2018
Brexit Update: Brextension Time? 19/10/2018
Brexit Update: Politics Writ Large 12/10/2018
Brexit Update: Panto Season is over 05/10/2018
Brexit Update: Silly Season is upon us 28/09/2018
Brexit Update: Bull and Bluster 21/09/2018
Brexit Update: Buckle up 07/09/2018
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
- Technical information on what the implementation period means for the life science sector
- Clinical Trials Regulation
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: 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
Healthy Outside the EU Update 23/01/2018
ABHI Guest Blogs with Paul Bristow: Brexit 08/01/2018
UK Government Position Papers and Future Partnership Papers Updated 18/09/2017
ABHI Brexit Recommendations Framework 19/07/2017
ABHI Brexit Survey Results 2017 07/07/2017
ABHI Joins Brexit Health Alliance 16/06/2017
Member Consultation Response 13/04/2017
Healthy Outside the EU Published: 04/04/2017
Press Release: Brexit - Key Messages 15/07/2016
Pre-referendum Members survey results 23/05/2016