- eCTD CH Module 1 specification 1.2 ("clean" version and "track change" version)
The eCTD specification 1.2 will be implemented on July 01, 2013 and can be used by applicants from that point onwards. The current version 1.1 will still be valid during a transition period until December 31, 2013 . From January 01, 2014 the usage of the new CH Module 1 specification 1.2 will be mandatory for eCTD submissions to Swissmedic. Note that eCTDs that have switched to the new version 1.2 during the transition period cannot be switched back to version 1.1.
The Guidance version 1.4 contains only very limited modifications compared to the last version. The change introduced considers the alignment of the new eCTD validation criteria for Switzerland with the existing EU eCTD validation criteria (see below). Details are obtainable from the "track change" version.
Also the Q&A have been modified in a rather moderate fashion. Some Q&A have been updated due to the alignment of the Swiss eCTD validation criteria with the current EU eCTD validation criteria (3-3-2, 5-4 updated, 5-12 deleted). New dedicated eCTD subsections for some forms have been introduced in section 1.2.2. Corresponding Q&As 3-3-5, 3-3-6, and 6-9 have been updated accordingly.
The new Swiss eCTD Module 1 validation criteria have been aligned with the current EU eCTD Module 1 validation criteria. As a major consequence the previous classification of "A", "B", and "C" validation errors has been changed to "Pass/Fail" criteria (P/F) and "Best Practice Guidance" (BPG) criteria. Details can be obtained from the release notes.
- File formats: .docx Word 2007 file formats are allowed now; the requirement for additional MS Word formatted files for Module 2 documents have been removed.
- Table 1 detailing the possible switch to a subfolder "common" for a Module 1 with a 2nd galenic form branch for certain documents and the corresponding allowed life cycle operation attributes have been updated completely.
- Clarification regarding country codes for United Kingdom ("uk" allowed), Greece ("el" allowed) and EU Centralized ("ema" or "emea" allowed) has been introduced
- An additional row including the "Directory" name has been introduced on file level in Table 4 detailing the directory / file structure for a Swiss Module 1. Previously this information was covered by the "File" information.
- Additional directory / file names have been specified for some forms. This resulted in new subsections 188.8.131.52 - 184.108.40.206.
- Appendix 2 with the "Envelope Element Description" has been largely updated