July 31st marks the final date for submission of proposals by member states to host the European Medicines Agency. Last month, at the EU summit in Brussels, the European Council endorsed a procedure to determine the final location of the EMA, which should be decided by November 2017. To date only a handful of member states have not submitted proposals to host the EMA. Here we outline how this process will work. Subsequent to 31st July, submitted proposals will be assessed by the Commission accord to specific objective criteria. This assessment will serve the decision making process by the member states.