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  • 20/03/2018

    PDCO

    Multi-stakeholder workshop to further improve the implementation of the Paediatric Regulation

    This workshop, organised by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and the European Commission, follows the publication of the Commission’s ten-year report on implementation of the Paediatric Regulation and the state of paediatric medicines in the European Union. The aim is to discuss potential improvements of the implementation of the Regulation. It will explore opportunities regarding paediatric needs, timely completion of paediatric investigation plans (PIP), and processes and expectations for handling PIP applications. This workshop is a crucial step for the development of a concrete action plan to address challenges identified with medicine development for children in Europe. Invited stakeholders include patients, academia, healthcare professionals and industry. The deadline for expressions of interest is 14 February. EMA will select industry stakeholders via registered associations. The Agency will contact all selected participants on 1 March. ... Read more

  • 05/09/2018 - 06/09/2018

    PDCO

    Paediatric strategy forum for medicinal product development of checkpoint inhibitors for use in combination therapy in paediatric patients

    The third multi-stakeholder Paediatric Strategy Forum, jointly organised by EMA and ACCELERATE will focus on checkpoint inhibitors used in combination therapy, in children and adolescents. This Forum will reviewed the immunological environment of paediatric malignancies, checkpoint inhibitors in early phase clinical studies in paediatrics, strategies combining checkpoint inhibitors with other products and alternative immunotherapy strategies. Participation is restricted and on invitation only. Interested parties, including patients and parent-representatives, academia, clinicians and industry, should express their interest using the forms linked to this page. ... Read more

  • 26/03/2018 - 27/03/2018

    HMPC

    Committee for Herbal Medicinal Products (HMPC): 26-27 March 2018

    The Committee on Herbal Medicinal Products (HMPC) is the committee that is responsible for preparing the Agency’s opinions on questions relating to herbal medicines. ... Read more

  • 11/06/2018 - 14/06/2018

    PRAC

    Pharmacovigilance Risk Assessment Committee (PRAC): 11-14 June 2018

    The Pharmacovigilance Risk Assessment Committee (PRAC) is the committee that is responsible for assessing all aspects of the risk management of medicines for human use. ... Read more

  • 04/05/2018

    EMA

    Heads of Medicines Agencies (HMA) / European Medicines Agency (EMA) Joint Big Data Task Force meeting: Identifying solutions for big data challenges

    The aim of this workshop is to inform thinking on big data and related challenges as the HMA/EMA Joint Big Data Task Force is planning to make recommendations in this field in November 2018. In 2017, the task force undertook detailed landscaping of the entire big data field (genomics through to m-health) as viewed through the lens of the regulator. It also performed online surveys of both national regulatory agencies and the pharmaceutical industry on perspectives, expertise and challenges. This work helped develop an understanding of the challenges and the current state of expertise in the regulatory network. The taskforce now aims to move onto considering solutions. The task force was established in March 2017 to identify the emerging challenges created by the increasing availability of data and related opportunities for supporting regulatory decision-making. ... Read more

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