European Union

Wellcome is increasingly active in European Union (EU) policy. The EU supports science through:

  • legislation to regulate the research environment
  • funding opportunities
  • programmes to help cross-border collaboration.

Our work

Brexit and the EU

We're working with the UK government and others to achieve a Brexit settlement that allows research to thrive in the UK and Europe.

Data Protection Regulation

The new European Data Protection Regulation was agreed in April 2016 and will take effect from May 2018.

EU copyright law reform

The European Commission has published a proposal to update EU copyright law so that it applies equally across Europe and is fit for purpose in the 21st century.

EU medical devices regulations

The European Union is revising regulations governing the manufacture and sale of medical devices.


The Impact of Collaboration: the value of UK medical research to EU science and health [PDF 395KB]

  • May 2017

Joint report on the value of UK medical research to EU science and health.

Briefings and responses