Europe – EMA Closes London Office, Preps for New Time Zone

After 24 years in London, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) on Friday has officially departed and is on its way to Amsterdam following a Brexit relocation vote in November 2017.

EMA’s permanent Amsterdam headquarters, a tailor-made building in the Zuidas business district, are planned for completion next November. On a temporary basis, the Dutch government has granted EMA the Spark building in the Sloterdijk area of Amsterdam until the permanent building is completed.

The move to Amsterdam also comes with a time zone switch, which could have an impact on submissions and deadlines.

EMA said that during its period of “reduced virtual presence,” from 4 March to 8 March, the agency’s working hours will continue to follow Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)…