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The British Generic Manufacturers Association (BGMA) is made up of members of the generic manufacturing supply industry, who between them account for approximately 85% of the total UK generic market by volume.

A key feature of the strong generics industry in the UK is that it introduces competition to the supply of prescription medicines making them more affordable to the NHS and enhancing their availability to patients.

According to NHS figures (NHS Digital), more than a billion items are prescribed generically every year. The increase of generic prescriptions, allied with a reduction in the net ingredients costs, means that overall savings to the NHS medicines bill have now passed more than £13 billion annually.

Our industry’s mission is centred around increasing patient access to life saving and life changing medicines. We do this by bringing competition to the medicines marketplace at the molecule level when patents (and / or any data or market exclusivity) expire.

This competition reduces market prices, enhances security of supply, and fosters incremental and primary innovation—all of which support increasing patient access. Examples of innovation include new administrations and dosage strengths.

The evidence is that this sort of competition controls the price of medicines more effectively than direct intervention. We believe, therefore, that direct price control by the Government should only be employed where competition has been shown to be ineffective.

Looking at 40 originator products to come off patent since the start of 2014, the introduction of generics saw sales prices reduce by an average of 89% in this time.

Total UK market by volume
Items prescribed generically every year.

Quality forum

The British Generic Manufacturers Association (BGMA) in conjunction with the regulatory body the MHRA, runs a successful forum focusing on ensuring the manufacturing quality of generic medicines in the UK.

The group meets three times a year to share and discuss the latest issues which impact on the quality of generic medicines. The forum brings together generic medicines companies, those who provide manufacturing and quality control services, as well as the MHRA.

Paul Fleming, the BGMA’s Technical Director, said: “As regulatory requirements and supply chains become ever more complex, supporting high quality standards is vitally important for the pharmaceutical industry, patients and the value we deliver to the NHS. From a generic medicines perspective, the forum is an important outlet which is closely aligned with the regulator allowing increased mutual understanding as well as the ability to share the latest information quickly and easily.

“Quality is a key component in ensuring that patients get their medicines in a timely and affordable manner. Our forum  provides a vital conduit between industry and the regulator on a topic which is critically important to the successful operation of the generic medicines marketplace in the UK, Europe and internationally.”

The Quality Forum is open to full and associate members of the BGMA. To find out about joining contact Jeremy Durrant


BGMA structure

The BGMA operates through a series of expert working groups that cover Regulatory Affairs, Economic & Commercial (Pricing, Reimbursement, Market Access, etc), Secondary Care, Sustainability, NHS Partnership, Legal Issues and a specialist sector group on Biosimilars via our sister organisation the British Biosimilars Association (BBA These groups are overseen by the Board.

The working group chairs and vice-chairs are elected by the members of each group and ratified by the Board, which is the Association's decision making body and which meets six times a year.

The working group chairs and vice-chairs report and recommend to the Board, thus ensuring that the Association's policies and activities are member-driven and that all members have an equal input to the decision making.

BGMA executive team

The day-to-day running of the BGMA is headed by Mark Samuels, the association's chief executive and a secretariat. The BGMA also elects a chairperson and vice-chairperson on a rotational basis drawn from the membership. The current chair is Diane DiGangi Trench.

Diane DiGangi Trench


Matthew Salzmann

Vice Chair

Mark Samuels


Robert Russell-Pavier

Economics Director

Jeremy Durrant

Communications Director

Paul Fleming

Technical Director, British Generic Manufacturers Association

Diane DiGangi Trench


Diane is the Chair of the British Generic Manufacturers Association. The Country Head of Sandoz UK has more than 25 years of pharmaceutical industry experience and has held a number of senior commercial roles including stints with Takeda and Astra Zeneca. She joined Sandoz in 2018 in the US, where she served as Vice-President, Market Access and Patient Services. In 2021, she became the head of Sandoz’ UK business and in her two years in role, she has led the organisation through a post-COVID recovery and growth phase to prepare for the proposed spin out of the company from its parent, Novartis.

Matthew Salzmann

Matthew Salzmann

Vice Chair

Matthew is the vice chair of the British Generic Manufacturers Association. The Country Head of Viatris UK, Matthew has more than two decades of experience in the pharmaceutical industry working in both Asia and Europe. His roles have spanned diverse sectors including consumer health, manufacturing, and commercial, covering everything from over-the-counter to generics and prescription brands. Prior to joining Viatris, he held positions at Pfizer, McNeil Manufacturing (Division of Johnson & Johnson Pacific), and Bristol-Myers Squibb.

Diane DiGangi TrenchMark Samuels

Mark Samuels


Mark is the Chief Executive of both British Generic Manufacturers Association (BGMA) as well as its sister body the British Biosimilars Association (BBA). Mark’s career has spanned diverse experience across the life sciences sector. He is a former executive at Roche and co-founded the Medicines Discovery Catapult Ltd. He was the founding Managing Director of the government’s Office for Clinical Research Infrastructure – instrumental in managing the Department of Health’s £0.6 billion/year investment in research centres across the NHS. Mark served for seven years on the Chief Medical Officer for England’s strategy board for health research, and he has worked with Number 10 to contribute to the Prime Minister’s strategy for life sciences.

Matthew SalzmannRobert Russel-Pavier

Robert Russell-Pavier

Economics Director

Robert has worked for the BGMA since 2009. In his current role, Rob initiates and supports the BGMA’s engagement with Government, Parliamentarians, as well as relevant health bodies and other stakeholders, regarding the public reimbursement, pricing and procurement of medicines in both primary and secondary care. Among other areas, Rob is currently focused on helping the Association to articulate its position around the developing homecare market.

Mark SamuelsJeremy Durrant

Jeremy Durrant

Communications Director

Jeremy has worked with the BGMA since 2011 and heads up all internal and external communications activity on behalf of the association. He also is actively involved in stakeholder engagement, membership services, events and networking.

Robert Russell-PavierPaul Fleming

Paul Fleming

Technical Director, British Generic Manufacturers Association

Paul Fleming is Technical Director of the British Generic Manufacturers Association (BGMA) and the British Biosimilars Association (BBA). The roles include close and regular working with MHRA, Department of Health and Social Care, the NHS, UK Government and other stakeholders. At a European level, Paul is a member of the regulatory and quality committees of Medicines for Europe. In 2015 he wrote the Regulatory Efficiency Report for EGA, setting out a wide range of recommendations identifying opportunities for improvement within the regulatory system for generic medicines.. Paul has 15 years’ experience from working in the generic sector of the European pharmaceutical industry, in a variety of senior board level roles covering R&D, drug regulation, pharmacovigilance and clinical development. Earlier in his career Paul spent six years with the MHRA as a pharmaceutical assessor. He is a registered pharmacist and holds a higher degree in pharmaceutical technology. Throughout his professional life Paul has maintained an involvement with the science of pharmaceutical development connecting to how medicines can be used for the maximum benefit of patients and the NHS.

Jeremy Durrant

Our members

Accord Healthcare



Aristo Pharma Limited



B Braun

Brown & Burk


Bristol Laboratories


Consilient Health Pharmaceutical



Fresenius Kabi

Genesis Pharmaceuticals



Jubilant Pharma


Sun Pharma




Niche Generics

Reig Jofre


Rosemont Pharmaceutical


Teva Pharmaceutical

Thornton and Ross





Medicines for Europe disclosure request

As a national association member of Medicines for Europe, BGMA asks its members to disclose certain in-kind or actual transfers of value that have been made over the previous year to healthcare professionals, healthcare institutions or patient organisations.

Some BGMA (and BBA) members already voluntarily disclose this information through their membership of other trade bodies; and so they do not need to report twice. Some BGMA members have chosen to post their disclosure record on their own website. And some members have opted to post their return on the BGMA website.

As such, BGMA confirms that the following companies have opted to make a disclosure return covering their 2019 transfers of value on the BGMA website:


Company name

Reporting a nil return or a transfer of value?

Type of transfer of value


Value or payment (£)

Total amount transfers of value (£)

Aurobindo / Milpharm Ltd Nil Return NA NA NA 0
Rivopharm UK Ltd Nil Return NA NA NA 0
Niche Generics Nil Return NA NA NA 0
Xiromed UK Nil Return NA NA NA 0
Aspire Pharma Ltd ToV To healthcare professional for service and consultancy Professional services 17,596  
    To healthcare professional for service and consultancy Consultancy 831  
    To healthcare professional for service and consultancy Consultancy 942  
    To healthcare professional for service and consultancy Consultancy 790  
    To healthcare professional for service and consultancy Consultancy 1,063  
    To healthcare professional for service and consultancy Consultancy 790  
    To healthcare professional for service and consultancy Consultancy 1,157  
    To healthcare professional for service and consultancy Consultancy 1,180  
    To healthcare professional for service and consultancy Consultancy 980  
    To healthcare professional for service and consultancy Consultancy 185  
    To healthcare institution Attendence of event with company stand 600 26,212


Our core focus


Making medicines more affordable to the NHS and therefore increasing patient access to important, and potentially life-saving, drugs is a key role of the UK generic and biosimilar medicines industry. The NHS faces major funding challenges due to increased demand from an ageing population as well as the rising cost of new technologies and drugs. Generic competition already saves the NHS more than £13bn a year and allows further investment in new drugs which can support unmet patient need.

Case studies

Generic equivalent

Manufacture of Atorvastatin - the generic equivalent of the top-selling global branded drug Lipitor - has saved the National Health Service (NHS) more than £350million in the first 12 months following the expiration of Pfizer’s patent exclusivity.

Consistent information

To improve consistent information to patients and significantly reduce the prohibitive cost to the industry and the regulator of each company user-testing every single patient information leaflet (PIL) - at a cost per test in the region of £10,000 - the BGMA co-ordinated user testing of a limited number of typical PILs ensuring that patients received the benefit of common wording for each product irrespective of the manufacturer.


Generic medicines in the UK must comply with exactly the same standards of quality, safety and efficacy as all medicinal products. They are produced in regularly inspected plants by the UK medicines regulator the MHRA. Just like originator products, once a generic medicine is sold on the market, it must be monitored by the manufacturer in case any adverse reactions are reported.

Case studies

Quality forum

The BGMA runs a forum in conjunction with the MHRA to focus on issues and guidance relating to quality. The group meets three times a year to share and discuss the latest information which impacts quality in the generics industry from auditing and inspections through to data integrity and issues surrounding API.


The UK generics industry is the engine room behind a virtuous circle of innovation and cost containment. Each year more than 1billion items are prescribed generically in England and Wales unlocking significant savings for the NHS. As well as delivering cost-savings, generics also provide value through a number of means not least widening accessibility.

Case studies


One of our members developed a liquid version of a product which was previously only available in solid dose. This enabled children and adults with swallowing difficulties (such as following a stroke where there is paralysis of the mouth) to access the drug safely.

New therapeutic entities

Other BGMA members are looking at new therapeutic entities, which are based on the molecule, and formulated, delivered or used in a novel way to meet unmet patient need. These include a new route of delivering a Parkinson’s disease drug, a beta blocker as a once a day glaucoma remedy, and an extended-release once a month and once every three months injection of risperidone (to treat schizophrenia).


The generic industry in the UK is amongst the most efficient in the world with prices currently amongst the lowest in Europe. Competitive prices, and proportionate regulation are required, if the industry is to continue to deliver savings as well as fund the necessary development of the more complex medicines, including biosimilars.

Case studies

Challenges to the industry

The British Generic Manufacturers Association (BGMA) and the Department of Health signed an agreement to work to explore potential challenges to the sustainability of the generic pharmaceutical industry in England.  Based on proposals from the BGMA, the Department will facilitate conversations across government to understand issues and to identify where appropriate action can be taken.


The UK generics industry is a key part of an efficient supply chain which ensures patients access the medicines they need in a timely and affordable manner. As part of this manufacturers liaise regularly with Government, regulators and commissioners to ensure product safety, quality and certainty of supply.

Case studies

New product registrations

In the key area of new product registrations, BGMA has been closely surveying MHRA performance year on year and identifying areas requiring improvement, for discussion with the regulator. This has resulted in major improvement in the time taken for new generic medicines to be registered in the UK. This is greatly assisting the predictable timely availability of generic medicines for patients, healthcare professionals and has also resulted in NHS cost savings.

With the increasing weight of new legislation coming from Europe, the BGMA continues to work closely with MHRA to ensure its drafting and UK implementation is well managed, and minimises red tape and over regulation.

Cross-industry group membership

The BGMA is a member of the cross-industry group the NHS Pharmaceutical Sector Board alongside NHS England and the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI).

Breakthrough project with the MHRA

The BGMA successfully completed a breakthrough project with the MHRA involving 12 separate generic companies which were required to communicate information for the diabetic drug Pioglitazone.

The project saw safety information centrally co-ordinated by the BGMA on behalf of the 12 companies which was then approved by the MHRA and sent to healthcare professionals. This meant the regulator was not required to approve 12 separate applications and those receiving the mailings received one set of consistent, clear information.