The MHRA Mutual Recognition Agreement: What You Need to Know

As a pharmaceutical or medical device company doing business in the European Union, the recent Brexit scenario may have left you wondering about the future of your regulatory compliance strategy. One component of this strategy may be the Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA) between the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) and other national regulatory authorities within the European Economic Area (EEA). In this article, we will explore the MHRA MRA and its implications for your business.

What is the MHRA Mutual Recognition Agreement?

The MHRA MRA allows pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers to market their products in the EEA, provided that they meet all applicable regulatory requirements and are authorized by the MHRA. This agreement allows for the recognition of inspections conducted by the MHRA, eliminating the need for repetitive inspections by other regulatory bodies within the EEA.

The MHRA MRA also facilitates the movement of medicinal products between the UK and the EEA, allowing for efficient transport of products without additional quality control checks.

How Does the MHRA MRA Affect Your Business?

If your business operates in the UK and EEA, the MHRA MRA can have a significant impact on your regulatory compliance strategy. After the Brexit transition period ended on December 31st, 2020, the MHRA no longer serves as a regulatory authority within the EEA. This means that products authorized by the MHRA may no longer be automatically recognized by other regulatory bodies within the EEA.

However, the UK and the EU have agreed to continue to recognize each other`s inspections and good manufacturing practice (GMP) certification for a transitional period until July 2022. During this time, UK and EU regulatory authorities will work towards determining a more long-term solution.

To ensure that your products remain compliant and can be marketed within the EEA, it is important to stay up-to-date with any changes to MHRA MRA regulations and work closely with regulatory consultants to comply with all EEA regulatory requirements.


The MHRA MRA is a critical component of regulatory compliance for pharmaceutical and medical device companies operating within the UK and the EEA. Despite the recent Brexit transition, it remains important to follow MHRA MRA regulations to ensure that your products can be marketed within the EEA. As always, working closely with regulatory consultants can help ensure that your business remains in compliance with all relevant regulatory requirements.