The European Commission (EC) has asked stakeholders to weigh in on its effort to further rationalize and harmonize the handling of variation filings across Europe.
The EC is looking at how best to extend the variation procedures it has worked out for applications regulated through its centralized and mutual recognition procedures to “purely national” marketing authorizations, for which the manufacturing change filing rules differ depending on the member state. Over 80% of human and veterinary authorizations fall into this nationally-regulated category.
At the same time, the commission is seeking to adjust its variations process to focus regulator resources on the higher risk concerns in the wake of an expanding workload.
Two other issues for which the EC asked for input are: ● whether review timelines should be adjusted to allow more grouping of variations in a single application, and ● whether the variations procedure for authorizing human influenza vaccines for pandemic situations is sufficiently flexible.
A “public consultation paper” on the EC review of its 2008 variations regulation (1234/2008) was issued by the commission in September. The consultation period extended a month to October 22, 2011.
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