The EMA has tightened its rules on declarations of interest by committee members and experts by restricting the involvement of experts in the scientific assessment of medicines if they plan to take up a job in the pharmaceutical industry. The EMA’s updates also include a revised guide on how to complete the EMA’s declaration of interest form. The EMA’s declaration of interest policy aims to restrict the involvement of experts with possible conflicts of interest in the EMA’s work while maintaining EMA’s ability to access the best available expertise. The EMA considers that employment in a pharmaceutical company is incompatible with an involvement in the EMA’s activities. Whenever a member of a scientific committee or working party informs the EMA that he/she intends to work for a pharmaceutical company, the EMA will immediately restrict the member from any participation from evaluation of medicines. In March 2014, the EMA management board endorsed a major revision of EMA’s policy on handling declarations of interest for scientific committee members and experts. The revision took into account input form stakeholders at the EMA’s September 2013 public workshop “Best expertise v conflicts of interests: striking the right balance”. It entered into force in January 2015. The EMA will continue to review its policy on a regular basis.