The IAG. Who are they?

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The mention of the IAG can strike fear into the hearts of many wholesalers… usually those who are not compliant with GDP.

So, who are the IAG?

The letters IAG stand for “Inspection Action Group” and they’re a multidisciplinary team that are part of the MHRA. They meet (usually) on the first and third Tuesday of each month.


When might you come into contact with the IAG?

Your MHRA inspector will contact the IAG if they find critical deficiencies during an inspection or if agreed action plans from previous inspection deficiencies have not been resolved by their next visit.

The IAG can then refuse or suspend your licence, increase inspection visits or request a meeting with the licence holder.

View our post on the inspection process HERE and the application process for a WDA HERE


What should you do if you’re referred to the IAG?

You should immediately set out to correct any deficiencies that caused the referral and then report the completed actions to both the MHRA and IAG.

If the referral leads to an immediate suspension of your licence (lasts at most 3 months- unless extended) you will have no rights to appeal, but the decision can be challenged in the High Court.

If it leads to a proposed suspension, variation or revocation of the licence, you can make a written representation to the MHRA or have a person appointed meeting (by the MHRA).


What is the true cost of IAG interest?

As you will see from our post on MHRA suspended licences the cost of non-compliance can be far more than fiscal pain.

Being referred to the IAG could cost you quite a bit of money. A person appointed hearing will set you back £10,000! A re-inspection will be needed to make sure the deficiencies have been corrected, and this will cost you a further £1936.

It could also lead to a loss of business (as your licence may be suspended) which will mean a further loss of money.

Losing money and customers can have very negative impacts, especially on small companies.


If you need help correcting deficiencies or are worried about an upcoming inspection, contact us at and we can arrange a consultation.

Need training? We offer two-day training sessions on the EU GDP guidelines, and if needed (with enough time) can create bespoke sessions to cover the areas you need most. Take a look at our training page for more details and training dates.


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