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A concept paper on the revision of Annex 11


This concept paper addresses the need to update Annex 11, Computerised Systems, of the Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) guideline. Annex 11 is common to the member states of the European Union (EU)/European Economic Area (EEA) as well as to Read more

What happens after IP loss of protection


by Giuliana Miglierini What does it happen under a competitiveness perspective once intellectual property (IP) protection for medicinal products expired? And what is the impact of the new entries on generics and biosimilars already in the market? The role of competitor Read more

The FDA warns about the manufacture medicinal and non-pharmaceutical products on the same equipment


by Giuliana Miglierini A Warning Letter, sent in September 2022 by the US FDA to a German company after an inspection, addresses the possibility to use the same equipment for the manufacturing of pharmaceutical and non-pharmaceutical products. The FDA reject Read more

EMA publishes Q&A Document about Parallel Distribution

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The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has published a new document entitled “Frequently asked questions about parallel distribution” (EMA/297155/2021). The 30-page PDF file contains answers to the most common questions. It is divided into the following sections:

  • General information
  • Initial notification
  • Parallel distribution notification check
  • Post – Parallel distribution notice guidance
  • Safety Updates / bulk changes / annual update
  • Fees

The document is clearly laid out and contains a number of internal references as well as links to Directives, Guidances and other references. The PDF is available on the EMA homepage under “Frequently asked questions about parallel disctribution“. The questions are also listed on the EMA Website.

Furthermore, the EMA has updated the following three documents on parallel distribution:

  • “List of centrally authorised products requiring a notification of a change for update of annexes” (EMA/278602/2021)
  • “Checklist for initial notifications for parallel distribution: guidance for industry” (EMA/267299/2020 Rev. 1)
  • “Checklist for annual updates for parallel distribution: guidance for industry (EMA/405782/2020 Rev.1)

All documents are available on the EMA website in the section “Parallel distribution: Regulatory and procedural guidance“.