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  • web radar social media workshop

    Workshop on social media

    EMA’s Patients’ and Consumers’ Organisations Working Party (PCWP) and Healthcare Professionals’ Organisations Working Party (HCPWP) discussed challenges and practical applications of social media and their impact on regulators, patients and healthcare professionals during a workshop held on 19 September 2016. A report of the workshop is expected to be published by EMA together with presentations.

    It was the first in a series of meetings relating to advances in digital health, including social media, ‘big data’ analysis and Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI) projects such as WEB-RADR, where EMA will provide a platform for discussion and mutual learning.

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    Tenth stakeholder forum on pharmacovigilance legislation

    This forum brings together regulators with patients, healthcare professionals and industry, to take stock of what we have achieved and what needs to be the focus over the coming years. All presentations have been published.

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    Annual report on EMA patient and healthcare professional interactions

    EMA has published its 2015 annual report on its interactions with patients, consumers, healthcare professionals and their organisations.The report demonstrates the Agency’s continued commitment to incorporating these stakeholders' views into the regulatory aspect of medicines development.

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    EMA and FDA reinforce collaboration on patient engagement

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) and the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have set up a new cluster on patient engagement. The cluster will provide a forum to share experiences and best practices on the way the two agencies involve patients in development, evaluation and post-authorisation activities related to medicines.

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Events of interest

  • 12/09/2016 - 13/09/2016


    Second annual scientific workshop at EMA: Applying regulatory science to neonates

    This workshop is co-sponsored by the EMA and the Critical Path Institute. It focuses on reviewing the progress and exploring new initiatives for the International Neonatal Consortium (INC), which is dedicated to accelerating the development of safe and effective therapies for neonates. One cross-cutting topic is how to enhance a research culture. Other overarching topics are precision medicine for neonates and long-term outcome measures. Therapeutic areas that will be examined include Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) and Necrotizing Enterocolitis (NEC). ... Read more

  • 21/09/2016


    Tenth stakeholder forum on the pharmacovigilance legislation

    This forum brings together regulators with patients, healthcare professionals and industry, to take stock of what we have achieved and what needs to be the focus over the coming years. ... Read more

  • 08/12/2016


    Adaptive pathways workshop

    The European Medicines Agency is organising this workshop in collaboration with the European Commission to gather the views and proposals from stakeholders on the adaptive pathways approach, in light of the practical experience gained during the pilot project EMA ran between March 2014 and August 2016, and to plan the next steps in the exploration of this concept. Adaptive pathways is a scientific concept of medicines development and data generation intended for medicines that address patients’ unmet medical needs. ... Read more

  • 15/11/2016 - 16/11/2016


    Committee for Advanced Therapies (CAT) workshop: scientific and regulatory challenges of genetically modified cell-based cancer immunotherapy products

    The CAT is organising a two day workshop to discuss the scientific developments and regulatory requirements for products manufacture and testing, non-clinical studies and clinical development of genetically modified cell-based cancer immunotherapy products. These novel cancer immunotherapy treatments based on genetically modified T-cells are being developed and tested in clinical trials in a variety of cancers, but there are still scientific and regulatory challenges to overcome to bring these innovative products to the market. The workshop is available for participants from regulatory authorities, academia, hospitals, industry, journalists and interested members of the public. ... Read more

  • 30/06/2016


    Workshop on single-arm trials in oncology

    Situations in which a medicine shows significant anti-cancer activity in an area where patients have no treatment option or where the conduct of standard trials with a comparative arm is difficult, such as in rare cancers or selected populations for example, will be considered. Workshop participants will discuss experience gained so far with marketing authorisations based on single-arm trials data, the strengths and weaknesses of different approaches, and opportunities from data sharing initiatives. They will also explore the views of various stakeholders groups and discuss the need for further regulatory guidance with the ultimate aim of optimising the development of new cancer treatments in these situations. ... Read more

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