PDUFA V Includes eCTD Mandate for Marketing Applications, Commercial INDs

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In September, the FDA issued its Proposed PDUFA V Reauthorization Performance Goals and Procedures for Fiscal Years 2013 through 2017.

There are many proposed improvements related to the FDA review procedures, including a mandate of the eCTD. This mandate will start 24-months after publication of the corresponding final guidance for marketing applications and 36-months after publication of the final guidance for commercial INDs and amendments.

The final guidance will be released no later than 12 months from the close of a public consultation period on the draft guidance. The corresponding draft guidance will be issued by December 31, 2012 at the very latest. The initial guidance will reference eCTD version 3.2.2; however, the final guidance might refer to a different standard, namely RPS, if the FDA determines the new standard is more efficient and effective. The FDA also mentions that they “shall also accept submissions using the previous version for no less than twenty-four (24) months.”

Although many of the goals for priority and standard NDA and BLA review (including Class 1 and Class 2 resubmissions, efficacy supplements, and manufacturing supplements) remain the same as under PDUFA IV, the proposed PDUFA V agreement establishes a new review model that will apply to all New Molecular Entity (“NME”) NDAs and original BLAs received from October 1, 2012 through September 30, 2017, including applications that are resubmitted following a refuse-to-file action.

The new program includes a pre-submission meeting, a mid-cycle communication, and a late-cycle meeting at which the FDA review team and the applicant will discuss the status of the review of the application. At the pre-submission meeting, the FDA and the applicant will agree on the content of a complete application for the proposed indication(s), and the applicant may also reach agreement on submission of a limited number of application components.

Another important change is the treatment of “major amendments” to pending applications.

Under PDUFA IV (and FDA’s regulations at 21 C.F.R. § 314.60), “[a] major amendment to an original application, efficacy supplement, or resubmission of any of these applications, submitted within three months of a goal date, may extend the goal date by three months. A major amendment to a manufacturing supplement submitted within two months of the goal date extends the goal date by two months” (emphasis added). Under the proposed PDUFA V agreement, however, “[a] major amendment to an original application, efficacy supplement, or resubmission of any of these applications, submitted at any time during the review cycle, may extend the goal date by three months”, and “[a] major amendment to a manufacturing supplement submitted at any time during the review cycle may extend the goal date by two months.”

Author: Jason Rock

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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