FDA Accepting PDF 1.7 and Older Versions

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As mentioned in an earlier post written by Rahul Mistry, the FDA currently accepts PDF 1.4 and will soon except PDF 1.7. Does this mean that you need to upgrade all of your PDF’s from 1.4 to 1.7?

There is a very simple answer – no.

The specifications for PDF are backward inclusive. This means that the PDF 1.7 specification includes all of the functionality previously documented in the Adobe PDF Specifications for versions 1.0 through 1.6. Below is a list of all of the new features that Adobe has implemented in the PDF specification.

If you are not using any of the new features below, a PDF 1.7 file and PDF 1.1 file are identical, with the exception of the version number which is embedded in the metadata.

Using Older PDF Versions 1

Using Older PDF Versions 2

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Jason Rock is a pioneer in the field of electronic submissions. Mr. Rock has an extensive background working with global life sciences companies and regulatory agencies to promote eCTD adoption through the development of advanced applications. The commercial software Mr. Rock originally developed, and continues to improve, in his role as Chief Technical Officer for GlobalSubmit, is used exclusively by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration to review and validate all eCTD submissions the FDA receives.

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