The UK and India have also announced a new memorandum of understanding between India’s Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO) and the United Kingdom Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (UK MHRA) agreeing to more frequent discussions on UK-India vaccine and pharmaceutical regulations, improving standards and sharing information to control against the trade of unlicensed products.
In addition, the UK and India have lined up a new partnership to help UK and Indian scientists unlock the power of data, including the data within our genes, to deliver better diagnostics and enhanced life-saving treatments for cancer, diabetes, maternal health challenges and rare diseases.
Besides, Raab’s important meeting with the Indian Minister for Education, Ramesh Pokhriyal, holds out much promise as a new taskforce works on the mutual recognition of academic qualifications, starting with Master’s degrees, over the next year. It has been a long-standing demand of the scientific and academic community on both sides to remove barriers to two-way research flows.
And, a new agreement between the University of Edinburgh and Gujarat to open a new biotechnology university in the western Indian state in July 2021, the first foreign university collaboration of its kind in India, also marks a significant milestone in this area.