eCTD templates set the tone at the early stage of drug development for a smooth, standardized presentation of information in future regulatory submissions. Templates are favorable when compared to creating documents from scratch. Authoring templates make it easier to write summary documents and easily repurpose information from multiple reports without worrying about reformatting. High-quality documents are a precursor to successful submissions. Leveraging templates is one way to help make this possible.
Many people erroneously believe that your first eCTD submission is restricted to a major milestone application – Investigational New Drug (IND) application, Biologics License Application (BLA) or New Drug Application (NDA). That’s simply not the case. It’s 100% possible to file pre-NDA meeting requests, meeting packages and meeting minutes via eCTD in advance of the original NDA submission.
Rather than submit key information in Module 3 of an application (ANDA, BLA, IND, or NDA), it’s become increasingly common for sponsors to reference a Drug Master File (DMF). Referencing a DMF allows the component manufacturer of the drug or biologic to share proprietary information with the US FDA without having to directly share the information with the sponsor.
The Submission Tracker assigns key dates to deliverables, for example, when a deliverable will be provided for publishing and when certain tasks related to that deliverable must be completed to in order to promote it to submission ready. The tracker is used to determine if submission content is being provided according to schedule and if publishers are completing tasks on time.
When the conversation turns to Structured Product Labeling (SPL) our first thought is often about Prescribing Information. But as the US FDA and other regulatory bodies modernize review processes, electronic submissions are having an impact across more and more communications. Establishment Registration is one of the more critical SPL submissions and must be submitted annually to the FDA in a narrow window.
“When you use Word templates with styles and make use of the MS Word ‘cross-referencing’ option, tables, figures, sections, etc. within a given page all are automatically [linked] to their target destinations. However, when you have the same table cross referenced on the same page four (4) times, after rendition to PDF, you must manually break those three (3) extra links and convert the text from blue to black. Do you have this issue or is your EDMS customized to take care of this automatically?”