Health Canada announced an update to the mandatory use of the electronic Common Technical Document (eCTD) format. As of June 1, 2019, the remainder of Division 8 regulatory activity types (human drugs only) must be submitted in eCTD format.
Health Canada recently announced revised validation rules for regulatory transactions for electronic Common Technical Document (eCTD) submissions.
In a notice posted to its website, Health Canada gave advance warning that the agency is considering an eCTD filing requirement, or eCTD mandate, that would take effect as early as January 1, 2018. Health Canada is asking for stakeholders to submit comments by August 31, 2016. Comments can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The U.S. FDA and Health Canada have each updated their submission requirements for Drug Master Files (DMFs). Understanding each agency’s requirements will be critical to compliance in the coming months as eCTD mandates go into effect.
Traditionally, a pharmaceutical company would seek to have a drug approved in one region, and then move to other regions around the world to seek approval. Typically, companies would seek approval in their country of origin, then pursue the biggest markets, and finally focus on the rest of the world. The advent of CTD provided a common organizational structure to create submissions around the world. The ability to reuse large parts of...