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BREXIT – EVERYTHING stays the same for 2020

 The United Kingdom has formally left the EU as of 31 January 2020 and has become what is referred to as a third country.

On 1 February 2020 a transition period started which is due to end on 31 December 2020.

During the transition period, EU pharmaceutical law will continue to be applicable to the UK, meaning that pharmaceutical companies can continue to carry out activities in the UK until the end of 2020.

Companies have until 31 December 2020 to make the necessary changes to ensure that their authorised medicines comply with EU law and can remain on the EU market.

  • The UK will remain on CESP for the duration of transition period (after that, if no further extension to the transition period is proposed, it will be necessary to use the MHRA portal for submissions https://pclportal.mhra.gov.uk/)
  • Marketing authorisation holders and applicants can still be established in the UK in 2020
  • Qualified Persons for Pharmacovigilance (QPPVs) and pharmacovigilance system master files (PSMFs) can still be based in the UK until the end of 2020.
  • Manufacturing sites, Quality control testing and Batch release sites can also still be based in the UK until the end of 2020
  • orphan designation holders can still be located in the UK until 31 December 2020
  • minor use/minor species (MUMS)/limited markets classification holders can still be located in the UK until 31 December 2020

The withdrawal agreement foresees that following its departure from the EU on 31 January 2020, the UK will no longer participate in EU institutions and their decision-making. For the CMDh this means that as of 1 February 2020, no one who represents the UK, or is appointed or nominated by the UK can systemically participate in the CMDh meetings.

During the transition period, the UK will not be able to act as RMS in MRP/DCP, but the UK can participate in MRP/DCP as CMS.

Ivowen are here to assist you with all your Brexit related needs and dossier amendments.

For more information on Ivowen’s services and how we can help you, contact us.

Written by Alice D’Alton

CESP delivery system updated

The latest CESP system, version 2.0, was officially launched on October 1st 2015 (https://cespportal.hma.eu).

Ivowen has been using this facility regularly and can help to guide you through any aspects that you may be struggling with. There are a few new features which sets it apart from the old version:

  • The delivery file creation, has a new look and layout, with similar drop down menus but in a more user friendly format. The individual member states are now represented by the National Competent Authority logos, as well as their corresponding country flag.
  • The new dashboard feature is easy to find and provides you with real time statistics on what has been uploaded and subsequently delivered.
  • It incorporates a new tracking system which includes the following details:
  1. Delivery Created
  2. Delivery Completed
  3. Data Uploaded
  4. Data Delivered

You will still receive the e-mails confirming delivery, so you can file them.

  • There are also statistics presented in this space (in the form of bar charts) which provide an overview of your CESP activity in 2014 and 2015.
  • You can now also view delivery files which have been created but have not yet been utilised, and these delivery files can now also be re-downloaded but must not be re-used..
  • Furthermore, there is an Integrated delivery file system within CESP, which is very easy to use, but if you wish you can still work with your SFTP (e.g. FileZilla) as before.”

Please contact us if you would like any help with using CESP or have any other inquiries.

Written by Alice D’Alton

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CESP expands in Poland and Greece

Latest news from Poland and Greece for CESP

From 3rd April 2017 it will be possible to submit the following procedures via Common European Submission Portal (CESP) to Poland:

  • Initial Marketing Authorisation Applications (MAAs)
  • Variations
  • Renewals

The submissions may concern national and European procedures (MRP, DCP) both for human and veterinary medicinal products.

 

Also from 3rd April 2017 the following submissions should be transmitted through CESP for Greece:

  • All submissions for Mutual Recognition/Decentralised Procedures (MRP/DCP)
  • national procedures relating to approvals, variations, renewals, PSURs, ASMFs etc., as well as any other documentation should be submitted using CESP.
  • Responses to deficiencies and any other additional information that can be requested from the EOF within the claims of assessment.

 

 

What does this mean for you?

To date in Poland, only submissions concerning initial MAAs were possible via CESP. There are still some national requirements in Poland, however.  All documents that require an original signature can be either submitted

  • in electronic version with a valid electronic signature or
  • must be submitted in parallel to CESP in paper.
  • Documentation once submitted via CESP should be submitted via this channel throughout its whole lifecycle.

For submissions into Greece, additional CD/DVDs are no longer required.  In addition, for each submission, a corresponding reference number will be automatically assigned and will be sent directly to the applicant.

 

Where can I find more information?

Full details are available on the Polish Ministry’s website (in Polish) here.

Full information is for Greece (in Greek) here.

 

We can help…

Ivowen are fully equipped to prepare and submit any applications on your behalf.  Please contact us or our EuDRAcon partners for more information and for support of your dossier compilation or updates.

Written by Majella Ryan

Ivowen attended TOPRA Symposium 2019

This year’s TOPRA Annual Symposium was held in Dublin in October. The Annual Symposium is an essential meeting for regulatory professionals to gain both an understanding of current and evolving regulatory requirements, as well as insights into future plans for regulations in the Human medicines, Veterinary medicines and Medical Device sectors.

Three members of our Team attended the Symposium this year, Majella Ryan, Alice D’Alton and Nanda Naik. This year was particularly satisfying for Ivowen as we had an exhibition stand at the three day event.

As well as exhibiting, Ivowen attended the sessions including ‘Life after Brexit’. This session was a live discussion of predictions and concerns about the possible outcome of ongoing negotiations with the EU.

Now that an extension has been granted, which will delay the UK exit until January 2020, we are left wondering if we will finally know the UK position when Ivowen attend the Medicines for Europe regulatory conference being held in Amsterdam on 29th – 31st January.

In the meantime, we await instruction from the regulators on whether UK will still be available on the CESP portal later this week. Ivowen is registered on the new MHRA submissions portal so either way we have you covered.

Ivowen will keep you up to date in the coming days and weeks

Please contact us, Ivowen are dedicated to keeping you up to date with the latest regulatory updates and innovations. We remain at your disposal to assist in all of your regulatory endeavours today and into the future.

Written by Alice D’Alton.

Points to note on the eAF

General

The eAF is mandatory for all procedures from 01/01/2016 (CP, MR, DC, National in eCTD/NeeS/Paper). However, Presubmission Meeting Requests, Article 61(3) & MAT forms remain the outside scope and can be submitted as paper or PDFs.

Please contact us if you require any assistance with any of the forms or any advice on any of the above procedures. For your convenience, the following is a summary of the important aspects of using the eAF.

  • Always check the e-submission website for the latest version of the eAF (http://esubmission.ema.europa.eu/eaf/)
    • Word versions will be removed from Notice to Applicants in January 2016
    • After 11/01/2016 only version 1.19 will be acceptable for new procedures
    • eAF should be printed for Paper submissions
    • Version 1.20 is planned for April 2016 (unless hotfixes are required before then)
    • It is important to note, and welcome news, that there is no need to update to a newer version of the eAF in the middle of a procedure
    • See the guidelines (update planned in January 2016) and release notes (lists the changes made to newer versions) for further information
    • In line with the proposed move towards a Single Submission Portal (SSP) in place of CESP and the EMA Gateway, there are plans to reformat the eAF into a data capture system that can be submitted directly through CESP. This is in a very preliminary stage.
  • Technical queries should be sent to EMA Service Desk via IT service portal (login)
    • Q&A documents should be consulted first
    • Fast web view warning in the dossier validation report for the eAF can be ignored
  • Procedural queries should be directed to the National Competent Authority (NCA) (and response sent to EMA Service Desk). Complicated queries should be sent to both parties.
  • Webinars are available for the NCAs (to try to reduce the requests for MS specific national requirements)

 

Using the eAF

  • Technical Validation of the form (internal):
    • Once signature is added and form validated, it is now locked. Locked forms cannot be amended. Therefore, the signature should be the last thing added to the form.
    • Always keep a copy of the unlocked form so that amendments can be made (e.g. during preparation or for requests from NCA for updated forms during a procedure)
    • Do not use bookmarks as these may cause invalidation issues
  • Annexes to the form should be filed separately in module 1.2 (do not use the PDF function to insert them into the eAF)
    • Form should be named; cc-form-eaf-var
    • Annex should be named; cc-form-annex-var (e.g. cc-form-5-19 or cc-form-proofpayment)
  • Electronic signature can be an image of a real signature (e.g. jpeg file – a scanned copy of wet signature. This however is not an electronic signature and is only used to close/lock the form) or can also be a line of text which states that signature is on file internally (e.g. “This form was authorised following company policies by Majella Ryan, Regulatory Affairs Manager of Ivowen with authorisation to sign. The signature is on file”)
    • The eAF does not accommodate multiple signatures at present. A separate annex should be provided if multiple signatures are mandatory for a particular NCA. Multiple name sections will be incorporated into version 2.0 but no mention of whether multiple signatures will also be accommodated.
    • The signature should be provided by the responsible MAH or can be provided by any authorised deputy
    • Please also check national requirements for signatures.
    • See Q&A guidance for further information
  • Workaround solutions (e.g. Annex B for multiple MAH or Product names) should always be mentioned in your cover letter
    • Some unforeseen variations (category z) are not adequately accounted for yet. Details of such changes should be outlined in the scope section of form and in the cover letter.
    • Duplicate sections only if products differ with regard to API or Pharmaceutical Form
    • Annex A or Annex B can be used for multiple MAH or Product names. Click on Annex A/B button in form and add the annex as a separate file in Module 1.2
    • Detailed instructions on how to use workaround solutions is available in the eAF Q&A document and the eAF Technical Guidance documents – both are published on the eAF webpage – if you need more advice contact EMA Service Desk.
  • No translations of the eAF are available, nor should they be requested.
  • Drug substances can be entered from controlled vocabulary lists or free text, and these each have different EV codes.
    • The focus should be on using substance, product, organisation and referential (SPOR)
  • Request for New Terms:
  • Strikethrough text function is not available in eAF but text can be copied and pasted (with text struck through) from Word or Outlook
  • In MRP/DCP one common application form is highly recommended, one per pharmaceutical form or strength for all member states in case of new MAA and one eAF for all involved products for all member states in case of variations and renewals.

 

Written by Majella Ryan

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