NIMAR – A Closer Look
Following on from my original blog titled ‘An Introduction to NIMAR‘, today we shall have a look in more detail, particularly focussing on
- Distribution of NIMAR medicines to Northern Ireland
- Advertising and promotion of medicines on the NIMAR list
How are these products supplied to Northern Ireland via NIMAR?
- GB-based marketing authorisation holders (MAHs) and wholesale dealers may distribute directly, or
- Northern Ireland-based wholesaler dealers may supply them
Useful fact: A holder of a wholesale dealer’s or manufacturers licence can lawfully supply NIMAR listed medicines to the following in Northern Ireland:
What regulations should I follow?
Regulation 43ZA, explains the requirements for wholesale dealers in GB supplying NIMAR listed products to Northern Ireland.
Wholesalers should refer to the NIMAR list to to check if a product can be supplied to Northern Ireland using this route. If it is on the list, then it can be supplied.
What happens if a product is removed from the NIMAR list?
If this happens then remaining stock already in the Northern Ireland market can be distributed but, once a product is removed from the NIMAR list it is not possible supply new stock from GB to Northern Ireland, under NIMAR.
Can I advertise NIMAR products?
MAHs are required to take all reasonable precautions to ensure that advertisements do not appear in the territory where the medicine is not licenced.
Useful tip: NIMAR products should only be advertised (i.e. actively promoted) in England, Scotland, and Wales.
While the information in this article is considered to be true and correct at the date of publication, changes in guidance and/or experience may impact on the accuracy of the information. Please refer to the relevant guidance for the latest information.