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The Vital Things That Do Not Make Headlines are Getting Lost in the Hi-Dramatics of the Government’s Exiting the European Union Debacle: What Is to Be Done With the Membership of the European Chemicals Agency When the UK Is Out of the EU Without a Deal

 

 

 

 

|| July 18: 2018 || ά. The EU Energy and Environment Sub-Committee has expressed concern after hearing from Minister Ms Thérèse Coffey MP today about what Exiting the European Union means for chemical regulation in the UK. The EU's regulatory regime for chemicals is known as REACH. REACH protects human health and the environment from the use of chemicals and facilitates the trade of chemicals throughout the European Union and is managed by the European Chemicals Agency:ECHA.

The Government has stated in its White Paper that it would be seeking to participate in ECHA after the UK leaves the EU. However, ECHA itself has stated that, in the absence of an agreement to the contrary, ‘British participation in ECHA will come to an end’ after it leaves the EU. The Minister was unable to state when the Government will clarify this position, leaving the industry uncertain as to what steps it needs to take to be able to maintain trade in chemicals with the EU.

Without securing agreement to be an associate member of ECHA, a status, that does not currently exist, the UK would need to create its own system for regulating the use of chemicals.

The Minister informed the Committee that it was a matter for negotiation whether the UK would be able to capture data on chemicals, that have already been registered under REACH for use in a UK-equivalent database and that, if, the UK can not capture that information, the Government is considering whether to automatically accept existing chemicals that have been approved in other markets, without the associated data on their safety.

The Minister acknowledged that a 'no deal' scenario would be ‘a massive issue’ for some companies, which would face the additional costs and regulatory burdens of having to register chemicals in two different systems but argued that the impact would vary depending on what action companies are taking to prepare for a range of exiting scenarios.

She was, also, unable to allay the Committee's concerns that leaving the EU system of chemical regulation could lead to an increase in animal testing, simply stating ‘we would have to undertake a regulatory approach and, if, that required animal testing that would require animal testing’.

Lord Teverson, Chair of the Sub-Committee, said, "Not only is the chemicals sector the UK's second biggest manufacturing industry, with an annual turnover of £32 billion, but it, also, provides substances, that go into products we all use every day. It's vital for both human and environmental health that these substances are managed safely after Brexit and in a way that allows chemical trade between the UK and EU to continue.

The Minister's evidence makes it clear that, if, the Government can't secure its desired associate membership of the European Chemicals Agency and signals haven't been encouraging on that front thus far, the UK is entirely unprepared to regulate chemicals independently post-Brexit.

She is expecting industry to prepare for a potential departure from REACH but hasn't started equipping a UK body to do the same. Given the potential cliff edge facing the industry, this simply isn't good enough." :::ω.

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The Pharmaceutical Industry Reaction to the Exiting the European Union White Paper: The British Pharmaceutical Industry and The Bio-Industry Association Welcome the White Paper Proposals

 

 

|| July 12: 2018 || ά. In a joint statement, Mr Mike Thompson, the Chief Executive of the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry:ABPI and Mr Steve Bates, the Chief Executive of the Bio-Industry Association:BIA, said, “Every month, 37 million packs of medicine arrive in the UK from the EU, with 45 million moving the other way. For patients, today’s White Paper sets out the Government’s position on the UK’s future relationship with the EU. Our industry’s priority throughout these negotiations is to ensure patients in both the UK and EU can continue to access the medicine and vaccines they need. 

We are pleased to see further detail on the Government’s ambition for the UK’s future membership of the European Medicines Agency:EMA. Whilst today’s approach depends on agreement from both sides, continued co-operation between the UK and EU on the regulation of medicines is in the best interests of patient and public health.’’ The point out that The White Paper contains references to topics of particular importance to the pharmaceutical industry, including, Manufactured goods: The Paper recognises the importance of the UK keeping supply chains operating efficiently to the benefit of patients through application of a common rulebook for medicines and through the UK being an active participant in the EMA so that pharmaceuticals companies can continue to conduct one series of tests for use in the UK and in the EU.

Their statement further points out the following: It proposes that UK regulators can conduct technical work for assessment of medicines and participate in ongoing safety monitoring and other elements of pharmaceuticals regulation for the combined EU and UK market.

The UK, also, proposes that all manufactured goods authorisations, approvals, certifications and any agency activity undertaken under EU law, for example, to register a chemical, completed before the end of the implementation period, should continue to be recognised as valid in both the UK and the EU. Moreover, any such processes underway as the UK and the EU transition from the implementation period should be completed under existing rules, with the outcomes respected in full.

EU Agencies: The Paper proposes a role for the UK in EU agencies, that provide authorisations for goods in highly regulated sectors, including, the European Medicines Agency, accepting the rules of these agencies and contributing to their costs, under new arrangements, that recognise the UK will not be a Member State. 

In addition, the UK would seek all the current routes to market for human and animal medicine remain available, with UK regulators still able to conduct technical work, including, acting as a ‘leading authority’ for the assessment of medicines and participating in other activities like ongoing safety monitoring and the incoming clinical trials framework.

Science and innovation: The UK proposes that the future relationship includes a science and innovation accord, that provides for UK participation in EU research funding programmes; enables continued co-operation through joint participation in networks, infrastructure, policies and agencies, which are to the UK’s and the EU’s joint benefit and establishes channels for regular dialogue between regulators, researchers and experts.

On EU research funding programmes, the UK wishes to explore association in research and innovation programmes, including, Horizon Europe. The accord should, also, allow the UK and the EU to discuss and agree the UK’s participation in other programmes in the future.

Customs arrangements: The Paper includes the proposal for continued UK application of the Union Customs Code and its modernising reforms. This is very welcome as is the commitment to maintenance of a zero tariff arrangement on all goods between the UK and the EU. It is important that the interim and the final agreements on customs arrangement should ensure continued frictionless movement of goods between the EU and the UK to support the needs of complex just-in-time supply chains built up over the past 45 years, as recognised in the White Paper.

Data: The Paper recognises the need for continued flow of data between UK and EU authorities and contains proposals for UK-EU arrangements on data protection and protection of classified information to facilitate continued data flows.

About the ABPI: The ABPI represents innovative research-based biopharmaceutical companies, large, medium and small, leading an exciting new era of biosciences in the UK. Our industry, a major contributor to the economy of the UK, brings life-saving and life-enhancing medicines to patients.  We represent companies, who supply more than 80 per cent of all branded medicines used by the NHS and, who are researching and developing the majority of the current medicines pipeline, ensuring that the UK remains at the forefront of helping patients prevent and overcome disease.

Globally our industry is researching and developing more than 7,000 new medicines. The ABPI is recognised by government as the industry body negotiating on behalf of the branded pharmaceutical industry for statutory consultation requirements including the pricing scheme for medicines in the UK. :::ω. 

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All UK Housing Federations Call on the Government to Make Changes to Universal Credit Because So Far It Has Caused Housing Association Tenants £24 Million Rent Arrears

 

|| July 10: 2018 || ά. The UK's four Housing Federations are calling on the Government to make changes to Universal Credit. The Federations have joined together, the English, Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish, to highlight the widespread debt and hardship, that Universal Credit is causing. The Federations say that the surveys of 118 housing associations in England, Wales and Scotland show that their Universal Credit tenants are in £24 million of rent arrears.

‘’We are calling on the Government to make five key changes to the policy before it is rolled out across the country this year: i: To allow housing association staff and agencies, such as, Citizens Advice, to sort out problems with Universal Credit as advocates for tenants; ii: To scrap the ‘two child policy’ and ‘benefit cap limit’, which are pushing families into poverty; iii: To ensure Universal Credit is paid to people and their landlords on time, at the same time.

iv: To adapt Universal Support to cope with greater numbers and more complex cases, and provide the funding to support more tenants and v: To restore the in-work allowances and revise the rules so that the self-employed, those with fluctuating pay packets or those, who are not paid monthly do not lose out.’’

While the National Audit Office has published its review on the progress and value for money of Universal Credit. 

It concludes that the Government has no choice but to continue with the programme, however, it needs to develop more effective partnerships with organisations working to support people and move away from a culture of ‘claim and counter claim’. The review says that ‘this has led it to often dismiss evidence of claimants’ difficulties and hardship instead of working with these bodies to establish an evidence base for what is actually happening’.    

The Federations welcome the conclusions of the report and pressed for more effective joint working with the DWP to help prevent hardship and debt. Mr Neil Couling has written to Mr David Orr, offering to work with the Federation to ‘test processes and co-create solutions’ for the managed migration of claims from the legacy system.

After Universal Credit Full Service is rolled out to all job centres, the task remains of moving around three million people from legacy benefits to Universal Credit. The Government recently announced detailed proposals and draft regulations on: 

Requirements for people on existing benefits to make a Universal Credit claim and the arrangements for ending their existing benefits

The calculation, award and ongoing treatment of transitional protection. :::ω.

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Blood Pressure and Heart Medication Valsartan Has Been Recalled From Pharmacies as a Precaution

 

|| July 05: 2018 || ά. Pharmacies in the UK are being advised to recall all batches of Valsartan containing medicines made by Dexcel Pharma Ltd and Accord Healthcare, previously, known as, Actavis Group, as a precaution, the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency:MHRA has warned today. This follows an urgent investigation into medicines containing Valsartan used to treat high blood pressure and heart conditions. A recall is underway across Europe following recent and emerging information that an impurity has been identified as part of the manufacturing process in a Valsartan active substance manufactured at one facility based in China.

This facility has supplied the manufacturers with the Valsartan active substance. The impurity, N-nitrosodimethylamine, which, may, have carcinogenic potential, is a result of a change in the manufacturing process. This active substance is used in a number of medicines marketed in Europe. The European Medicines Agency and other EU regulators are working together to investigate the extent of the issue and any possible impact for patients. If, you are taking any of the affected Valsartan products, it is vital that you do not stop taking your medication but you should get in touch with a doctor or healthcare professional as soon as possible. Alternative Valsartan containing products, that are unaffected by this issue, are available in the UK.

Dr Sam Atkinson, MHRA’s Director of the Inspection, Enforcement and Standards Division, said, “People taking  Valsartan medication affected by this recall are advised to not stop taking their medication but to speak to their doctor or healthcare professional, who can advise on alternative treatment.

We continue to undertake an urgent review of all these products, that, may, pose a low risk to public health. We will communicate the outcome of our investigations and ensure that any other affected products are recalled. Our highest priority is to ensure that the medicines you take are safe.

If, you are concerned, please, speak to your GP, pharmacist or other healthcare professional. We strongly encourage anyone taking Valsartan medicines to report any suspected side effects, to us via our Yellow Card Scheme.”

About the MHRA: MHRA is responsible for regulating all medicines and medical devices in the UK. All our work is underpinned by robust and fact-based judgments to ensure that the benefits justify any risks. MHRA is a centre of the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency, which, also, includes the National Institute for Biological Standards and Control:NIBSC and the Clinical Practice Research Datalink:CPRD. The Agency is an executive agency of the Department of Health. :::ω.

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The Central Government’s View Is In Effect That It Expects Everything to Work Out in the End: We Beg to Differ No Government Plan to Secure Councils' Financial Future: This is an Unsustainable Situation: The Public Accounts Committee

 

|| July 04: 2018 || ά. 'Complacent' Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government overly reliant on favourable Spending Review outcome, warns the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee report. After seven years of government funding reductions totalling nearly 50 per cent and rising demand for services, local authorities are under real strain. The key services, that support vulnerable people, such as, social care and housing, are now under enormous pressure.

Other important local services in areas, such as, planning, transport and cultural services have seen spending cut by between a third and a half. Local authorities face an estimated funding gap of over £05 billion by the end of the decade. The harsh reality is that more and more local authorities are now showing signs of financial stress, such as, overspending on services. They now face a period of greater uncertainty as their funding framework beyond 2019–20 is unclear.

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has not yet developed a plan to secure their long-term financial future. It is not transparent enough about its understanding of the pressures faced by local authorities, meaning the Parliament and the taxpayer can not be sure that it genuinely understands or is addressing the issue.

The Department is overly reliant on a favourable outcome from the 2019 Spending Review to address authorities’ financial issues. This is, particularly, complacent given that the previous Spending Review settlement resulted in many local authorities having to rely on reserves to fill the gaps in funding. This is an unsustainable situation.

The recent announcement about additional money for the NHS did not include anything for social care. Given that social care is the other half of the equation, it is vital that there is a long-term solution.

Ms Meg Hillier MP, the Committee Chair, said, "It is no secret that councils are under the cosh. The mystery is how central government expects their finances to improve when it has such an apparently shaky grasp of the issues.

It beggars belief that the Department responsible for the local government financial framework and which takes the lead in assessing councils’ funding requirements, has neither an agreed measure of sustainability nor a clear definition of ‘unsustainable’.

These are fundamental weaknesses in its approach to assessing the financial risks facing councils and the sector as a whole, risks that, as the evidence bears out, are clear and pressing. Local authority spending power has fallen by more than a quarter over a period in which demand for vital services, in particular, social care, has grown significantly.

Many councils have been forced to plunder their reserves to keep essential services going and made deep cuts to spending in other important areas. The council funding gap is likely to top £05 billion by the end of the decade.

Clearly, this is not sustainable. There is only so far the elastic can be stretched before it snaps. Yet, as our report makes clear, central government’s response to this looming crisis smacks of complacency. Councils seeking to set budgets, that are both sustainable and provide value for money need far greater clarity on the implications of changes to the way they are funded and the amount of money they will have available.

Central government’s view is, in effect, that it expects everything to work out in the end. We beg to differ. In response to our report we urge it demonstrate that it properly understands the performance of and pressures upon councils and the impact on citizens and a commitment to working with them and within central government to ensure councils are properly equipped to tackle the challenges they face now and in future."

Read the Report:::ω.

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|| April 06: 2018 || ά. The Humanion was first published on September 24, 2015 and has been run, since that day, on a complete voluntary basis without any 'formal' or 'constituted' manner or form and, it was run on as a Human Enterprise, which is an idea of Humanics, in which, ownership is replaced by belongingship and, thus, in a Humanical Society, no one owns anything but everyone belongs to the whole as the whole belongs to everyone lawfully and equally and, it neither believes in nor makes money but human utilities, needs, aspirations, creativity, imagination and dreams are served without money, where everyone works and creates for all others as all others create and work for all others, thus, bringing in meaning and purpose to life along with it come natural justice, equality and liberty, that establish a true civilisation within the Rule of Law. And in one word, this system of human affairs management is called, Humanics and a society that runs itself in humanics is called a humanical society. Today, we have begun the process of 'constituting' this Human Enterprise, which does not exist in the current system, but the next closest thing to it, that exists in the UK Law is Social Enterprise. Therefore, today, Friday, April 06, 2018, we are beginning Regine Humanics Foundation, that is the 'Agency', that will lead, run, manage and develop everything, that The Humanion has been trying to do.

Regine Humanics Foundation is established by the Thinker, Author, Poet, Novelist, Playwright, Editor of The Humanion, Festival Director of London Poetry Festival and a Humanicsxian: hu: maa: neek: tian: One, that believes in, lives and exists by Humanics, Mr Munayem Mayenin, of London, England, United Kingdom. Mr Mayenin says, ''Humanics is a vision; people, may, call it, utopia, we, call it our Humanicsovicsopia; Humanics. Humanics is our philosophy, our faith, our conviction, our resolution, our way of existing, thinking, being and doing: to seek and try to do so in the determination that all we must do and be is to exist to advance the human condition. People, readers and agencies and organisations, from all across England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales and the whole of the United Kingdom and Australasia, Africa, Asia, Europe, North and South America, from all walks and strata of life, have supported our endeavours, supported The Humanion and The Humanion Team, who volunteered their time to run things, since the beginning of The Humanion and long before that, when other things, that are now part of The Foundation, were developing. Nothing has changed in terms of the nature and value of what we have been seeking to do.''

''But the founding of The Foundation brings it all in a solid foundation so that we can keep on building this 'vision' so that it keeps on going regardless of who come to take the vision-mission of The Foundation forward. The Foundation runs along with time and along with the flowing humanity. This is the dream, this is the vision, this the hope in founding this Foundation. And, in this, we hope and invite all our readers, supporters, well wishers and all agencies and organisations to support our endeavours to build something, a Human Enterprise, which we are in the process of registering as a Social Enterprise, as a Community Interest Company, working for the common good of the one and common humanity. No one makes or takes profit out of The Foundation, which now runs The Humanion and everything else, that is part of it. The Foundation, once registered, will have an Asset Lock, which means that in any event, should The Foundation dissolve itself, all its existing assets shall go to a similar Social Enterprise. Therefore, we invite everyone to support The Foundation, support The Humanion in whatever way they can. And, there are endless number of ways people and organisations can support The Foundation and The Humanion.'' ::: ω.

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The General Election 2017 June Eight

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The General Election 2017 June Eight

The Political Philosophy and Political Economics That Say That the Survival of the Fittest or Richest is the Ultimate Aim of Society is a Brutal, Cruel, Ruthless and Inhuman Dictate of a Monstrous Social Jungle Where Neither Civic Nor Community Can Exist: And When Such a Monstrous Social Jungle is Established in a Country It Becomes Worse Than a Jungle and It Becomes Every Citizen's Civic and Moral Duty and an Existential Necessity of Humanity to Do All in Their Democratic Power to Eliminate Such Jungle and Replace It with a Civic Society Where Community, People, Families, Individuals and All Humanity are as Real, as Connected and as Active, Engaged and Creative as the Human Physiology is in All Humans of a Given Society

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Prometheus Unbound

Monarch of Gods and Daemons, and spirits
But One, who throng those bright and rolling worlds
Which Thou and I alone of living things
Behold with sleepless eyes! regard this Earth
Made multitudinous with thy slaves, whom thou
Requitest for knee-worship, prayer, and praise,
And toil, and hecatombs of broken hearts,
With fear and self-contempt and barren hope.
Whilst me, who am thy foe, eyeless in hate,
Hast thou made reign and triumph, to thy scorn,
O'er mine own misery and thy vain revenge.
Three thousand years of sleep-unsheltered hours,
And moments of aye divided by keen pangs
Till they seemed years, torture and solitude,
Scorn and despair, - these are mine empire:-
More glorious far than that which thou surveyest
From thine unenvied throne, O Mighty God!
Almighty, had I deigned to share that same
Of thine ill tyranny, and hung not here
Nailed to this wall of eagle-baffling mountain,
Black, wintry, dead, unmeasured; without herb,
Insect, or beast, or shape or sound of life.
As me! alas! pain, pain ever, for ever!

No change, no pause, no hope! Yet I endure.
I ask the Earth, have not the mountains felt?
I ask Heaven, the all-beholding Sun,
Has it not seen? The Sea, in storm or calm,
Heaven's ever-changing Shadow, spread below,
Has its deaf waves not heard my agony?
Ah me! alas, pain, pain ever, for ever!

Prometheus Unbound : P. B. Shelley

Macbeth

To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow,
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day
To the last syllable of recorded time.
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!
Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player,
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage,
And then is heard no more; it is a tale 
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing.

Macbeth : William Shakespare

Measure for Measure

Could great men thunder
As Jove himself does? Jove would never be quiet,
For every pelting petty officer
Would use his heaven for thunder
Nothing but thunder. Merciful Heaven,
Thou rather, with thy sharp and sulphurous bolt,
Splits the unwedgeable and gnarled oak
Than the soft myrtle. But man, proud men,
Dress'd in little brief authority,
Most ignorant of what he's most assur'd
His glassy essence. like an angry ape,
Plays such fantastic tricks before high heaven
As makes the angels weep; who, with our spleens,
Would all themselves laugh mortal.
 

Measure for Measure : William Shakespeare

Paradise Lost

 

 

Of Man's first disobedience, and the fruit
Of that forbidden tree whose mortal taste
Brought death into the world, and all our woe,
With loss of Eden, till one greater man
Restore us, and regain the blissful seat,
Sing, heavenly Muse, that, on the secret 
Of Oreb, or of Sinai, didst inspire
That shepherd who first taught the chosen seed
In the beginning how the heavens and earth
Rose out of chaos: or, if Zion hill
Delight thee more, and Siloa's brook that flowed
Fast by the oracle of God, I thence
Invoke thy aid to my adventurous song,
That with no middle flight intends to soar
Above the Aonian mount, while it pursues
Things unattempted yet in prose or rhyme.
And chiefly, thou, O Spirit, that dost prefer
Before all temples the upright heart and pure,
Instruct me, for thou know'st; thou from the first
Wast present, and, with mighty wings outspread
Dove-like sat'st brooding on the vast abyss,
And mad'st it pegnant: what in me is dark
Illumine, what is low raise and support:
That, to the height of this great argument,
I may assert eternal providence,
And justify the ways of God to men.

Paradise Lost : John Milton