30 July 2012

RAPS: EU Regulators Expand Electronic Submission Program, Recommend Wider Use

After a four-month pilot period, EU regulators are proposing to make permanent a program that allows applicants and sponsors of marketing authorization applications to submit their entire dossiers electronically.

The European Medicines Agency's (EMA) 27 July statement on continuing the electronic application form (eAF) pilot program says the testing phase was "successful," and use of the program will allow sponsors and applicants to better control the quality and consistency of the data in their submissions.
Applicants will still be allowed to use paper-based forms, through EMA said it is "recommending" the use of the electronic application forms, which may be used to apply for initial authorizations, variations and renewals.

The pilot phase of the program was first launched on 12 March 2012 by EMA, which said at the time that the program was a "key step forward in the Agency's drive towards the use of electronic applications as standard, using the Electronic Common Technical Document (eCTD) format."

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