All Party Parliamentary Group for Valproate and other AEDs in Pregnancy –

Tuesday 2 February 2022

The officers of the APPG include the Chair, Vice-Chair, Officers, Treasurer & Secretary. Each of them has taken their position in the APPG to be a champion within Parliament, and beyond, for people harmed by Anti Epilepsy medicines . The officers were elected at the APPG Annual General Meeting on 22 February 2022

Today the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) held its Annual Election of Officers and duly elected the following persons :

Chair – Cat Smith MP

Vice Chair – Caroline Nokes MP

Vice Chair – Christian Wakeford MP

Officer – Liz Twist MP

Officer – Ben Lake MP

Treasurer – Lord Philip Hunt

Secretariat is provided by INFACT

What is an APPG ?

All-Party Parliamentary Groups (APPGs) are informal, cross-party, interest groups of MPs and Peers interested in a particular issue.
APPGs do not have any power to make laws and are not funded by Parliament. There is a great number of APPGs, covering many and diverse fields such as health, education, transport, defence, finance, the media, and sports.
Some APPGs have existed for many decades whereas others come and go in response to issues of the day.

We encourage all MPs to join this APPG on behalf of their constituents

Objectives and Aims of APPG for Anti Epileptic Drugs in Pregnancy

Listed below are what the APPG plan to achieve with Objectives to provide a forum for MP’s and Peers to discuss Fetal Anti-Convulsant Syndrome related issues:

• To raise areas of concern with Government or other policy makers.

• To seek Statement of Regret, Care Plan for those affected and compensation for the parents of families affected from Government and pharmaceutical companies, and to establish on going funding for the large number of new born and newly diagnosed children

• To raise the profile of Fetal Valproate Spectrum Disorder & Fetal Anti-Convulsant Syndrome within Parliament

• To seek opportunities to help improve the life and services of the sufferer/victim

• To discuss and implement changes required to the law to ensure that consumers are afforded greater protection. Current law appears to provide no effective protection for the consumer.

• To investigate and examine the effectiveness of the principles, departments and systems that exist or need to be implemented to minimise the risk of similar problems recurring in the future.

For more information on this APPG please contact Public Enquiry Point

Janet Williams via email :

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