How much MHRA received from Bill Gates

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Andrew Anderson

Dear Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency,hi I would like a freedom of information request from MHRA
Can you please inform me if MHRA received funding from Bill and Melinda Gates foundations for any funded regarding this Foundation from the current financial year 2020 and previous last 5 years

Yours faithfully, Andrew Anderson

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Our Ref: FOI 21/509


Dear Andrew Anderson,




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MHRA Customer Services, Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

FOI 21/509


Dear Andrew Anderson,


Thank you for your email.


We do receive funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation as well
as other sources outside government such as WHO. This funding mainly
supports work to strengthen regulatory systems in other countries.


The majority of our income comes from the pharmaceutical industry through
fees. For example, all Marketing Authorisation applicants have to pay a
fee. The licensing of medicines is an independent, scientific process
which is overseen by the Commission on Human Medicines (CHM).


The CHM is an independent body which advises on applications for marketing
authorisations. This includes considering further representation against
our provisional advice in respect of national applications; advises on the
need for, and content of, risk management plans for new medicines; advises
on the impact of new safety issues on the balance of risks and benefits of
licensed medicines – e.g. adding warnings, restricting or suspending use
of a medicine and advises the licensing authority on changes to legal
status of marketing authorisations.


Please see the links below for further information.



The current level of grant funding received from the Gates Foundation
amounts to approximately $3m. This covers a number of projects and the
funding is spread across 3-4 financial years.

We are an executive agency of the Department of Health and Social Care.
Our Annual report (link below) contains information on page 9 regarding
our funding. If you require more details about the level of Government
Funding please refer to the financial statements in the Annual report.




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