Europe – Euro Roundup: HRPA posts 5-year plan as it emerges from ‘twin challenges’ of Brexit and COVID

Ireland’s Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA) has published its strategic plan for 2021 to 2025. HPRA set out five goals intended to help it emerge from the “twin challenges of Brexit and COVID-19” and deliver better outcomes for people and animals.

The five goals are titled health system partnerships, progressive regulation, communication and engagement, enabling innovation and great people, great processes. By engaging in activities that further those goals, HPRA is aiming to “deliver better outcomes for people and animals through value-driven regulation and partnerships.”

HPRA fleshes out what that will mean in practice in the strategic plan. The first objective listed in the document is to “address current and emerging public health challenges and priorities.” HPRA plans to achieve that objective by collaborating to “manage the regulation and availability of health products post Brexit” and “on the regulation and surveillance of medicines, medical devices, diagnostics and vaccines for COVID-19.”…