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Issue 40 August 2017

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NEWSLETTER Information for SMEs on the EU regulatory environment for medicines. Published four times a year by the European Medicines Agency.

IN THIS ISSUE Scientific Guidelines

1

EUnetHTA/EMA Parallel Consultation Pharmacovigilance

1 1-2

Regulatory and Administrative Guidance

2

Scientific Guidelines (Veterinary Medicines) Fees (human and Veterinary)

2-3 3

Interactions

3

EU Public Consultation

3

Worshops, Meetings and

Contact details

bodies in the Member States on evidencegeneration plans to support decision-making on

3-4 5

marketing

technology draft guideline on the ‘notification of

serious

breaches

of

Regulation

(EU)

No

536/2014 or the clinical trial protocol’ has

authorisation

assessment.

and

It

health

replaces

the

parallel scientific advice procedure by EMA and

HTA

bodies.

Further

information

is

available on the EMA website (Link).

been released for consultation until 22 August 2017 (EMA/430909/2016). It provides details on

the

notification

process

of

serious

breaches of clinical trials and possible actions that may be taken by Member States in

SMEs and Stakeholders

Reports

parallel consultations with EMA and HTA

Scientific Guidelines

A

An agency of the European Union

response to such notifications.

on

clinical

development

of

vaccines has been released for consultation until

30

September

2017

(EMA/CHMP/

VWP/124350/2017). The planned revisions include the design of clinical development programs

for

new

A be

A concept paper on the revision of the guideline

Pharmacovigilance

vaccines

intended

new version of EudraVigilance will

launched

provides

on

22

enhanced

November

2017.

functionalities

for

It the

reporting and analysis of suspected adverse reactions and increased transparency. Further information

for

marketing

authorisation

holders and clinical trials sponsors is available in the Link.

to

provide pre- and post-exposure prophylaxis against infectious diseases.

EUnetHTA/EMA Parallel Consultation

A

guidance

document

consultations

between

EUnetHTA

has

(EMA/410962/2017).

been The

on

parallel

EMA

and

published new

platform

provides a single gateway for requests for

An

updated

guidance

on

electronic

submission of information on medicinal products

for

authorisation

human holders

use to

by

marketing

the

European

Medicines Agency in accordance with Article

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57(2) of Regulation

(EC)

No. 726/2004 was published

(EMA/135580/2012; Q&A EMA/159776/2013). It was revised on a series of topics including submission dates for type II variations,

maintenance

of

details

of

the

marketing

authorisation holder and pharmacovigilance system master file location.

Scientific Guidelines (Veterinary Medicines)

A

revised

guideline

on

data

requirements

for

immunological veterinary medicinal products intended for minor use or minor species (MUMS)/limited market will

Regulatory and Administrative Guidance

T

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come

into

effect

on

1

November

2017

(EMA/CVMP/

IWP/123243/2006-Rev.3). It clarifies the requirements for demonstrating quality, safety and efficacy of new marketing authorisations

he following guidance, documents and questions and

applications,

line-extensions

and

variation

applications of products classified as MUMS/limited market.

answers were updated or released: A draft revised guideline on the conduct of bioequivalence 

Scientific

advice

and

protocol

assistance

(EMA/4260/2001 Rev. 8) on e.g. new EMA

and

EUnetHTA platform. 



studies for veterinary medicinal products has been released for

consultation

until

31

October

2017

(EMA/CVMP/

EWP/016/00-Rev.3). It specifies the requirements for the

Post-authorisation safety studies (PASS) (Link) on e.g.

conduct, design and evaluation of bioequivalence studies for

non-interventional imposed PASS.

pharmaceutical forms with systemic action, and in vitro

Post-authorisation measures (Link) on e.g. contact

dissolution tests.

points and timelines. 

Quality of medicines (Link) on e.g. dry powder inhaler product information.



Type-II variations (Link) on e.g. dossier presentation.



Paediatric

investigation

plans

(Link)

on

e.g.

PIP

modifications and dossiers submissions. 

Post-authorisation procedural advice for users of the centralised procedure (EMEA-H-19984/03 Rev. 71) on e.g.

type

studies,

II

variations,

post-authorisation

post-authorisation measures,

PSURs

safety and

transparency. 

Establishment requirements within the framework of the United Kingdom's withdrawal from the EU topics for centralised procedures (human and veterinary) (Link).

A question-and-answer document on allogenic stem cellbased products for veterinary use was adopted on 15 June 2017

(EMA/CVMP/ADVENT/751229/2016).

It

addresses

a

series of topics relating to sterility aspects of stem cell-based therapies for veterinary use. A CVMP reflection paper on non-spontaneous event

adverse

reporting for veterinary medicinal products was

published on 23 May 2017 (EMA/CVMP/PhVWP/357539/2015). It analyses how pharmacovigilance information from nonspontaneous sources is currently gathered (literature, internet and social media) with a view to develop future guidance on the topic.

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A CVMP reflection paper on the ‘authorisation of veterinary

implementation

medicinal

persistent,

identified by SMEs in a report published on the 10th

bioaccumulative and toxic (PBT) or very persistent and very

anniversary of the SME initiative (EMA/155560/2016). The

bioaccumulative (vPvB) substances’ was adopted on 11 May

actions cover education, training and enhanced interactions

2017 (EMA/CVMP/448211/2015). It describes the tools to

with SMEs, EU partners, and public and private stakeholders.

address

products

the use of

containing

PBT/vPvB

(potential)

substances

over

2017-2020

to

address

challenges

in veterinary

medicines in line with CVMP guideline on ‘Environmental

The 2016 SME Office report was released on 31 May 2017.

impact assessment for veterinary medicinal products, VICH

It provides an overview of SME activities, highlights platforms

guidelines GL6 and GL38’ (EMEA/CVMP/ERA/418282/2005-

that SMEs can leverage to advance innovative developments

Rev.1).

and regulatory strategies, and provides details on SMEs' experience

A CVMP reflection paper on anthelmintic resistance was

with

human

and

veterinary

marketing-

authorisation applications (Link).

adopted in April 2017. It focuses on food producing animals and horses and describes monitoring systems for detecting

The EMA 2016 report on ‘Interaction with industry

resistance and strategies to delay resistance development

stakeholders’ was released on 16 June 2017. It highlights

(EMA/CVMP/EWP/573536/2013).

topic-driven events and targeted consultations carried out throughout

The following guidance documents and questions and answers

the

year

with

pharmaceutical

industry

organisations (Link).

were updated or released: 

Type-IA variations (Link) and Type-IB variations (Link) on e.g. classification for new pack size.







EU Public Consultation

authorised veterinary medicinal products (Link).

A

Electronic submission of veterinary dossiers (Link) on

was launched on 29 May 2017 (deadline for comments 31

e.g. submission media and structure of the dossier.

August 2017). The consultation aims to support an evaluation

Application

Extension

of

the

‘sunset

applications

clause’

(Link)

on

to

e.g.

centrally

public consultation on the EU blood and tissues and

cells legislation (Directives 2002/98/EC and 2004/23/EC)

format

of

submissions.

of the legislation on blood and tissues and cells, its functioning across the EU and provide evidence to consider any future changes to the legislation (Link).

Fees (Human and Veterinary) The explanatory note on general fees payable to the European Medicines Agency was updated

Workshops, Meetings and Reports

to provide

clarifications on charging variations on pack sizes for

Reports,

human and veterinary medicinal products (Link). An

following meetings have been published:

updated Q&A document on pharmacovigilance fees (human medicines) was also released (EMA/175299/2015 Rev.3).

presentations

and/or

videos

of

the

May 2017 

Patients' and Consumers' Working Party (PCWP) and Healthcare Professionals' Working Party (HCPWP) joint

SMEs and Industry Stakeholders Interactions

A

workshop on personalised medicines (Link). 

n EMA action plan for small and medium-sized was

published

on

31

May

2017

(EMA/337458/2017). It sets out a series of actions for

stakeholder

platform

on

research

and

Organization

for

development support (Link). 

enterprises

Industry

European

Union

International

Standardization (ISO) for the identification of medicinal products (IDMP) / Substance, Product, Organisation and Referential data (SPOR) task force meeting (Link).

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June 2017

November 2017



First anniversary of PRIME: experience so far (Link).



Second meeting held between EMA, PMDA and FDA to



antibacterial agents (Link).

needs

of



children with

pulmonary

(Enpr-EMA) - (Link). See also webinar on Enpr-EMA activities (Link).

EMA Annual report 2016 The EMA 2016 annual report has been published. It elaborates on the EMA’s key achievements in the areas of medicine evaluation, support to research and development of new and innovative treatments and the safety monitoring of medicines in real life. It also highlights other initiatives including the PRIME scheme, the policy on publication of data,

developments

in

big

data,

patient

registries and real world data, and antimicrobial resistance (Link).

Selection of upcoming events September 2017 

Introduction to the European Union (EU) regulatory system and EMA for international regulators and nongovernmental organisations – 18 &19 September 2017 (Link).

SME

info

medicine

day

"Supporting

innovative

medicines'

Joint EMA/DIA Information Day on measuring the 2017 (Link).

European Network of Paediatric Research at the EMA

trial

on

impact of pharmacovigilance activities – 17 November

Report and video of the 2017 annual workshop of the

clinical

forum

(Link). 

July 2017 

strategy

development and early access" – 17 November 2017

arterial

hypertension (Link).

paediatric

– 13 & 14 November 2017 (Link).

EMA/FDA/Health Canada joint workshop addressing unmet

Second

development for mature B cell malignancies in children

discuss regulatory approaches for the evaluation of



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Registered SMEs Currently, 1778 companies have SME status assigned by the Agency. The names and profiles of these companies are published in the Agency's public SME Register. If you would like to have your company details included in the SME Register, you must first apply for SME status at the Agency. See the Applying for SME status section of the SME Office pages on the Agency's website for information on how to do this.

About the SME Office

Need more information?

The SME Office was set up within the European Medicines Agency to address the particular needs of smaller companies.

Visit the European Medicines Agency website:

The Office has dedicated personnel who can help SMEs by:

http://www.ema.europa.eu In particular, these sections may interest you: SME Office Pre-authorisation (human medicines) Pre-authorisation (veterinary medicines)



responding to practical or procedural enquiries;



setting up briefing meetings to discuss their regulatory strategy;

Contact the SME Office



organising info days and training sessions.

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