Guidance to facilitate early dialogue between regulators, health-technology-assessment bodies and medicines developersEMA
The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has published today for public consultation best practice guidance for pilot parallel scientific advice procedures involving the EMA and health-technology-assessment (HTA) bodies.
The document is a key outcome of the EMA-HTA workshop on parallel scientific advice, which took place in November 2013 and brought together over 280 representatives from, among others, the European Commission, European regulators, HTA bodies, the European Network for Health Technology Assessment (EUnetHTA), the pharmaceutical industry, payers, patients and healthcare professionals. The report of the workshop is also published today.
“I believe that this guidance can be a major tool for medicines development, which will help new medicines with a positive benefit-risk balance and expected added value to reach patients in a faster and more transparent way,” said Tomas Salmonson, Chair of the Agency’s Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP), at the November workshop.
The draft guidance sets out the different phases of the process for EMA-HTA parallel scientific advice and highlights ideal timelines and actions for all parties, including HTA bodies, the EMA and applicants undertaking a parallel advice procedure.
The document has been drafted in collaboration with HTA bodies based on the experience gained so far with the EMA-HTA parallel scientific advice pilot project and on the input provided by stakeholders during the November workshop.
Stakeholders are invited to provide comments on the proposed process by 14 July 2014, using the online form accessible via the draft guidance document.
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