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EU Candidates to get behind Medical Research

Arthritis Research UK has joined with fellow members of the Association of Medical Research Charities to call on candidates in the European elections to become champions of medical research.

The AMRC pledge to make the EU take notice of medical research 


In doing so it is seeking to ensure that the UK’s position of global leadership in the field of biomedical research is maintained, asking every candidate to agree to:

  • Champion investment in medical research
  • Create a place where medical research can flourish by considering the implications of European legislation for medical research, including current proposals for new Data Protection Regulation
  • Ensuring people can access effective therapies faster by boosting cross-border research collaboration and making it easier for promising therapies to navigate the licensing system
  • Ensure research findings are used to make European Citizens healthier by maintaining the role of the European Chief Scientific Adviser and reporting and publishing the results of research.

You can see whether MEP candidates in your local area have pledged support by visiting this section of the AMRC website .

After the election Arthritis Research UK will join with the medical research community in working with successful candidates to turn their pledge into action.

Alan Silman, Medical Director, Arthritis Research UK said “Medical research has already made great progress in the treatment of arthritis. If we are to continue to find new ways to help relieve people’s pain, empower them by alleviating immobility and ultimately find a cure for their condition, we need a supportive political environment.

This next generation of potential MEPs must be champions of medical research, helping to ensure that unnecessary barriers to research are swept away and with the emphasis being placed on making people healthier by ensuring they have faster access to more effective therapies.


The European elections will be taking place on May 22, 2014.
For more information, go to www.arthritisresearchuk.org.
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