Regulatory information – Revision of procedural guidance to reflect update of variations guidelines from the European Commission

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25/07/2013 – Regulatory information – Revision of procedural guidance to reflect update of variations guidelines from the European Commission

The European Medicines Agency has revised its procedural guidance for pharmaceutical companies to reflect the recent changes to the European Commission’s guidelines on variations to the terms of marketing authorisations for medicines for human and veterinary use. Changes are applicable as of 4 August 2013.

This revision of the variations guidelines has been principally triggered by the implementation of the pharmacovigilance legislation. It also takes into account the experience gained since the release of the current guidelines.

The main changes of the revision include the creation of two new classification categories of variations:

In addition, the Agency has updated a number of existing guidance documents to reflect the new requirements.C.1.11 related to obligations and conditions of a marketing authorisation, including risk management plans;
C.1.13 related to submission of studies to a competent authority; as a result some of the data previously submitted as a post-authorisation measure will now need to be filled as variations applications.
To assist pharmaceutical companies in the implementation of these new requirements, the Agency has developed an overarching Q&A document providing an overview of the most important changes which apply to applications for a variation and submission of post-authorisation measure data for human medicines.

The Agency will publish another set of regulatory updates by 4 August 2013. It will include:

a revised guidance document related to work-sharing procedures for variations to marketing authorisations;
an amended template table to be used for any variations submission to the Agency;
a tabular overview with more detailed information on the updated documents.
Pharmaceutical companies are advised to check the What’s New page on the Agency’s website to find these updates.

The variations guidelines affect applications for human and veterinary medicines. Guidance documents related to veterinary medicines will be updated shortly.

Source: EMA press releases – http://www.ema.europa.eu

EMA publishes guidance on preparing and reviewing summaries of product characteristics

logo_ema21/01/2013 – The European Medicines Agency has published guidance for pharmaceutical companies on how to prepare and review summaries of product characteristics (SmPCs) for human medicines. The guidance consists of a set of presentations detailing the information that should be included in each of the sections of the SmPC, together with background information on SmPCs both as a presentation and a video. Two videos explaining how to complete the SmPC sections on the therapeutic indication and pharmacodynamic properties of a medicine and on undesirable effects are also available.

The guidance, prepared by the Agency’s SmPC Advisory Group, outlines the principles in the European Commission’s guideline on SmPC. It is intended to enable companies to make sure that the information in SmPCs is of high quality when they submit them to the Agency as part of applications for new marketing authorisations or updates to existing marketing authorisations.

The background presentation and video also aim to raise awareness of the information provided in SmPCs among healthcare professionals.

SmPCs are a key part of the marketing authorisation of all medicines authorised in the European Union and the basis of information for healthcare professionals on how to use a medicine safely and effectively. They are kept updated throughout the lifecycle of a medicine as new efficacy or safety data emerge.

SmPCs are also the basis for the preparation of package leaflets, so are important documents in enabling information on medicines to reach patients.

Source: EMA News

Proactive publication of clinical trial data – discussing the way forward

09/08/2012 – The European Medicines Agency has announced that it will proactively publish clinical trial data and enable access to full data sets by interested parties. A number of practical and policy issues need to be addressed before complex data sets can be made available.

The Agency is organising a workshop on 22 November 2012 to listen to the views, interests, and concerns from a broad range of institutions, groups and individuals. Results from the workshop will help the Agency define the modalities of proactive access to clinical trial data, in a way that best serves patients and public health in an open and transparent forum.

Registration is open until 31 October 2012. Expressions of interest should be sent to ctdataworkshop@ema.europa.eu by 31 October 2012. Places are limited to 150 and will be offered on a first-come-first-served basis.

Source: EMA News and press releases – http://www.ema.europa.eu

International IT Regulations and Compliance. Quality Standards in the Pharmaceutical and Regulated Industries

Research and Markets has announced the addition of John Wiley and Sons Ltd’s new report International IT Regulations and Compliance. Quality Standards in the Pharmaceutical and Regulated Industries to their offering.

After taking part in an EU Leonardo da Vinci project to create a complete curriculum for a Master’s degree in IT Validation, Siri H. Segalstad decided to write this book as she realised there was a need for a comprehensive book that rings together current thinking on the implementation of standards and regulations in relation to IT for a wide variety of industries.

This text allows the readers to acquire not only knowledge but also understanding of quality thinking and to apply this knowledge. It will allow them to use the Quality Management System (QMS) as a tool for further development in their organization and to assess QMS from other companies during a supplier audit.

This book will enable the user to understand the process of validation, how to divide validation into manageable pieces, and what is included in the validation for different types of systems.

Topics covered include:

- Quality standards
– Regulatory requirements for IT systems
– Quality Management Systems-QMS
– Organization for an IT system
– Legal implications of an IT system
– Advanced quality management systems
– Validation process and validation techniques
– Validation of IT systems
– Risk assessment and risk management
– Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS) and Building Management Systems (BMS)

This comprehensive text will be useful to those working with quality assurance and validation of IT systems and in regulated industries, regardless of which standards they are using.
For more information visit Research and Markets

Source: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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New pharmacovigilance legislation comes into operation

Better protection of public health through strengthened EU system for medicines safety

02/07/2012 – The European Medicines Agency (EMA) welcomes the start of new European Union (EU) legislation on pharmacovigilance. This new piece of legislation aims to promote and protect public health by strengthening the existing Europe-wide system for monitoring the safety and benefit-risk balance of medicines.

“The progress made in healthcare would not have been possible without medicines and the research and development community behind them. But we need smart regulation for the system to be able to continue to deliver safe and effective medicines,” said the Agency’s Executive Director, Guido Rasi.

“The new pharmacovigilance legislation will help us to make the system more robust for public health and more transparent. It gives regulators a range of new or improved tools to ensure that patients are not exposed to unnecessary risks when taking medicines. It also increases the efficiency of medicines regulation for the benefit of all stakeholders.”

The new legislation was proposed by the European Commission in 2008 and adopted by the European Parliament and the Member States in December 2010. Highlights of the new legislation include:

  • establishment of a new scientific committee, the Pharmacovigilance Risk Assessment Committee (PRAC);
  • clarification of the roles and responsibilities of all actors involved in the monitoring of the safety and efficacy of medicines in Europe and strengthened coordination, leading to more robust and rapid EU decision-making;
  • engagement of patients and healthcare professionals in the regulatory process, including direct consumer reporting of suspected adverse drug events;
  • improved collection of key information on medicines, e.g. through risk-proportionate, mandatory post-authorisation safety and efficacy studies;
  • more transparency and better communication, including publication of agendas and minutes of the PRAC and the possibility to hold public hearings.

The Agency is ready for the first meeting of the PRAC on 19 and 20 July 2012. All Member States have nominated their members. The European Commission has appointed six independent scientific experts who will also serve as members. The nomination of PRAC members representing patients and healthcare professionals will follow a new public call for expressions of interest.

Information about the roles and the functioning of the PRAC has been published today and can be found on the Agency’s website, together with more information about the new pharmacovigilance legislation.

Notes
1. This press release, together with all related documents, is available on the Agency’s website.
2. More information on the new pharmacovigilance legislation is available here.
3. The status report ‘Countdown to July 2012: the Establishment and Functioning of the PRAC’ is available on the Agency’s website.
4. The new pharmacovigilance legislation is comprised of Directive 2010/84/EU and Regulation (EU) No 1235/2010.
5. More information on the work of the European Medicines Agency can be found on its website

EMA boosts EU transparency with online publication of suspected side effect reports

 

 

 

Member States and the Agency release data on medicines in compliance with EudraVigilance access policy

31/05/2012 – The European Medicines Agency has today begun publishing suspected side effect reports for medicines authorised in the European Economic Area (EEA) on a new public website: http://www.adrreports.eu. The reports come directly from the European Union (EU) medicines safety database EudraVigilance, and are one of the many types of data used by regulators to monitor the benefits and risks of a medicine once authorised. The launch of the new website is part of the Agency’s continuing efforts to ensure EU regulatory processes are transparent and open and is a key step in the implementation of the EudraVigilance access policy.

The information published today relates to approximately 650 medicines and active substances authorised through the centralised procedure, which is managed by the Agency. Information on the website is presented in the form of a single report per medicine or active substance. Each report pulls together the total number of individual suspected side effect reports submitted to EudraVigilance by Member States and marketing-authorisation holders. These aggregated data can be viewed by age group, sex, type of suspected side effect and by outcome. Within a year the Agency aims to additionally publish suspected side effect reports for common drug substances used in nationally authorised medicines.

A side effect (also known as an adverse drug reaction) includes side effects arising from use of a medicine within the terms of the marketing authorisation as well as from use outside the terms of the marketing authorisation, including overdose, misuse, abuse and medication errors, and those associated with occupational exposure.

All information on the website relates to suspected side effects. Suspected side effects may not be related to or caused by the medicine, and as a result, the published information cannot be used to determine the likelihood of experiencing a side effect or as an indication that a medicine is harmful. All users of the website are asked to read and accept a disclaimer explaining how to understand the information before they view a web report.

Medicines are an important part of modern healthcare, providing effective treatments for many diseases and conditions. For a medicine to be authorised for use in the EU the benefits of the medicine must always outweigh the risks.

Today’s launch also highlights the importance of side effect reporting and pharmacovigilance in safeguarding public health within the EU. Side-effect reporting is a key element in ensuring the detection of new or changing safety issues, and the Agency continues to further strengthen its work with partners and stakeholders across Europe to ensure a robust system for safety signal detection.

In June, the Agency will launch the website in the remaining 22 official EU languages.

Press release issued May 31st, 2012 on the EMA website – http://www.ema.europa.eu

European Medicines Agency publishes new versions of controlled vocabularies

The European Medicines Agency publishes new versions of controlled vocabularies used to comply with Article 57 (2) requirements on submission of information on medicines

The European Medicines Agency has published a set of updated versions of Extended EudraVigilance product report message (XEVMPD) controlled vocabularies. These vocabularies support marketing authorisation holder compliance with Article 57(2) of the 2010 pharmacovigilance legislation, which requires marketing-authorisation holders to submit information to the Agency electronically on all medicines for human use authorised in the European Union by 2 July 2012.

The controlled vocabularies will be updated regularly to improve the standardisation of the terminology used in the electronic submission of medicinal product information to the Agency.

A marketing-authorisation holder that has already submitted medicine information to the Agency using the previous version of the controlled vocabularies is not required to resubmit this information. Marketing-authorisation holders are required to use the latest versions of the controlled vocabularies for submissions of medicine information as soon as they are published on the Agency’s website.

The updated controlled vocabularies are available on the EMA website