Change of time zone due to EMA's relocation in March 2019

News 01/03/2019

EMA leaves its London premises on 1 March 2019 and relocate to Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

During EMA's period of reduced virtual presence from 4 March to 8 March inclusive, EMA's working hours will continue to follow Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).

From 11 March 2019 onwards, EMA's working hours will then switch from GMT to Central European Time (CET), reflecting EMA's physical relocation from London to Amsterdam. EMA's official business hours will be 8:30-18:00 (CET) and switchboard opening hours will be 7:30-18:30 (CET), Monday-Friday. 

EMA is also obliged to change its servers from GMT to CET. This changeover to re-state the time zone of EMA data will take place on 29 March 2019 at midnight GMT, immediately following the Brexit: the United Kingdom's withdrawal from the European Union

EMA will consider regulatory submissions to have met a deadline of 29 March 2019 if filed on that date by 23:59 and 59 seconds GMT. This includes submissions via the eSubmission Gateway and the EudraVigilance Gateway.

To reduce the risk of complications, EMA will seek to avoid applying a deadline of midnight on 29 March 2019 in areas such as procurement, job vacancies and regulatory submissions. Where this is unavoidable, EMA will individually consider any cases where a third party considers their submission to have been negatively impacted by EMA's change of time zone. EMA will also take account of the impact of its change of time zone wherever a question regarding compliance with deadlines arises.

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