EMA: working for every patient in Europe

News 08/08/2018

A short video to explain who EMA is and what it does

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) ensures that medicines available in the European Economic Area (EEA) are safe, effective and of high quality.

This video explains in a nutshell who EMA is and what it does. As the European regulatory authority for medicines, the Agency evaluates medicines before they arrive in pharmacies or hospitals and monitors their safety as long as they are on the market.

How does the Agency work?

EMA reviews all available information and data of a medicine and, following a careful assessment of the medicine's benefits and risks, the Agency recommends to the European Commission whether or not the medicine can be approved for marketing in the EEA. Once the medicine is on the market, EMA keeps it under close observation to look out for unexpected side effects or any other problems. In order to perform its tasks, the Agency works within a European network of regulatory authorities and brings together the best expertise across Europe.

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