As many of you know, the FDA issues eCTD Guidance and Specifications to clarify implementation of regulations. In the currently posted specification concerning PDFs dated June 4, 2008, the official PDF version is 1.4, which is supported in Adobe Acrobat 5 and later. As new versions of the PDF specifications are released, they are evaluated for future acceptance. Therefore, the answer to the question “Which version of PDF can I submit?” changes as the PDF standards evolve.
Most Tier I and Tier II sponsors maintain their submission documents in an electronic document management system (EDMS). It’s obvious that software that creates electronic (or paper) submissions must work with the documents managed in the EDMS. But what is not so obvious is the optimal integration between an EDMS and a publishing tool.