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It’s well known that we Europeans do like our vacation time. In most cases, any attempts to curtail it will be resisted in the strongest terms, even in these times of austerity.
But it seems like staff at the European Medicines Agency (EMA) are sending out a clear message by working right up to Christmas, and possibly over the holiday period too. As part of its initiative to increase access to clinical trial data and transparency, it is forming advisory groups in several key areas, and nominations for membership of these groups are due to close on Friday 21 December 2012.
The deadline won’t be extended, according to an EMA spokeswoman, and the groups are due to start work in early 2013. So anybody who is under the mistaken impression Europe shuts down for up to a month from around mid-December needs to think again.