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Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA)

The MHRA is the UK government executive agency of the Department of Health that is responsible for ensuring that medicines and medical devices work, and are acceptably safe. The MHRA was formed on 1 April 2003 with the merger of the Medicines Control Agency (MCA) and the Medical Devices Agency (MDA).

The MHRA or other national bodies can be the rapporteur or co-rapporteur for pharmaceutical applications, assuming the verification work on behalf of its members, whilst documents continue to be sent to other members on request.

The MHRA aim is to protect public health through regulation, with acceptable benefit-risk profiles for medicines and devices.
To promote public health by helping people who use these products to understand their risks and benefits.
To improve public health by encouraging and facilitating developments in products that will benefit people.

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