The bids are in and now the politicking begins. The EMA decision timeline is coming to an end. However, the most dramatic and interesting elements of the bid process are about to begin. We have a brief overview of what to expect between now and decision day. The European Medicines Agency has released the information it submitted to the European Commission in support of its assessment of the 19 Member States’ bids to host the Agency. One of the reasons for publishing this information was to ‘set the record straight’ on information that has appeared in multiple media sources regarding the EMA and the preferred host city of agency staff. You can read the agency’s press release and a detailed technical analysis of each of the bids by clicking here. There is just under 18 months to go until the European Medicines Agency leaves its London home as a result of the UK’s decision to leave the EU in the June 23rd 2016 Brexit referendum. In that time the agency will need to identify a new host city and move its operations to a new European city. Moving such an operation is a significant task. Further to the need to move the machinery of the European regulatory system is the need to manage the influx of agency staff and visitors travelling with the agency.