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The European Medicines Agency (EMA) is a decentralised agency of the European Union (EU) responsible for the scientific evaluation, supervision and safety monitoring of medicines developed by pharmaceutical companies for use in the EU.

EMA is governed by an independent Management Board. Its day-to-day operations are carried out by the EMA staff, based in London, overseen by EMA's Executive Director. 

EMA is a networking organisation whose activities involve thousands of experts from across Europe. These experts carry out the work of EMA's scientific committees.

Management Board

The Management Board consists of 35 members, appointed to act in the public interest, who do not represent any government, organisation or sector. 

The Board sets the Agency’s budget, approves the annual work programme and is responsible for ensuring that the Agency works effectively and co-operates successfully with partner organisations across the EU and beyond.

Executive Director

The Agency’s Executive Director is the legal representative of the Agency. He is responsible for all operational matters, staffing issues and drawing up the annual work programme.

Agency staff

The Agency’s staff support the Executive Director in carrying out his responsibilities, including administrative and procedural aspects of EU law related to the evaluation and safety-monitoring of medicines in the EU.

Scientific Committees

EMA has seven scientific committees that evaluate medicines along their lifecycle from early stages of development, through marketing authorisation to safety monitoring once they are on the market. 

In addition, the Agency has a number of working parties and related groups, which the committees can consult on scientific issues relating to their particular field of expertise.

These bodies are composed of European experts made available by national competent authorities of the EU Member States, which work closely with EMA in the European medicines regulatory network

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