The European Medicines Agency (EMA) updated version 7.1 EU eCTD Validation Criteria will come into force September 1, 2018. The changes in the validation criteria relate mainly to change requests received from regulatory bodies and taking experiences with version 6.1 into account.
Beginning September 4, 2018, a new third Acknowledgement for ESG users will be sent for all submissions sent to the CBER in eCTD format.
The Clinical Data Interchange Standards Consortium (CDISC) Study Data Tabulation Model (SDTM) Trial Summary dataset has become increasingly useful to reviewers. The Trial Summary (TS) dataset allows the sponsor to submit a high-level overview of the trial in a structured format. Each record in the Trial Summary dataset contains the value of a parameter, a characteristic of the trial. For example, a Trial Summary dataset is used to record basic information about the study such as trial phase, protocol title, and trial objectives. The Trial Summary dataset contains information about the planned and actual trial characteristics.
With 2018 well underway, if you’re still not submitting in electronic Common Technical Document (eCTD) format in Europe, now is the time to transition. Non-eCTD electronic Submission or “NeeS” have been accepted for many years. However, they are becoming less common for National Procedures. Furthermore, at the end of this year, NeeS will be a thing of the past. On 10 March 2017, the European Heads of Medicines Agenices (HMA) announced that eCTD will be mandatory for all regulatory activities in National Procedures as of January 1, 2019.
In August 2017, FDA updated both the Form FDA 356h (Application to Market a New Drug, Biologic or an Antibiotic Drug for Human Use) and the Form FDA 1571 (Investigational New Drug Application) to include new data fields. FDA asks that all sponsors begin using these new FDA forms 356h and 1571 immediately; however, it can be difficult to tell if you have the current version of these forms because FDA did not update the expiration date for either document.
While finding the right publishing vendor provides tremendous value to an organization short on internal resources, it is important to be thinking beyond eCTD publishing. Pairing with a vendor that can offer extensive regulatory and communications strategy, science and solutions experience brings numerous synergies.