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Workshop on social media
EMA’s Patients’ and Consumers’ Organisations Working Party and Healthcare Professionals’ Organisations Working Party 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. EMA will publish the presentations and a meeting report on the event page.
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 projects such as WEB-RADR, where EMA will provide a platform for discussion and mutual learning.
Tenth stakeholder forum on pharmacovigilance legislation
This forum brought together regulators with patients, healthcare professionals and industry, to take stock of what has been achieved and what needs to be the focus over the coming years. EMA has published the presentations on the event page.
Healthcare Professionals’ Working Party elects co-chair
EMA's Healthcare Professionals' Working Party re-elected Gonzalo Calvo as its co-chair at the September 2016 meeting. Professor Calvo, a physician by education and consultant in clinical pharmacology in Barcelona, Spain, has extensive experience in medicines regulation, including nearly ten years as a member of the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use.
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.
News for healthcare professionals
Two ongoing safety reviews discussed at the January Pharmacovigilance Risk Assessment Committee (PRAC). ... Read more
EMA updates industry guidance on submission of clinical data for publication ... Read more
EMA closed from 18:30 on Thursday 22 December until 7:30 on Tuesday 3 January 2017 ... Read more
Board adopts work programme and budget 2017 and hears Brexit update ... Read more
Pilot project to commence in February 2017 ... Read more
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Events of interest
30/01/2017 - 31/01/2017
The aim of the EMA and the ACCELERATE platform's workshop is to review unmet therapeutic needs of children with certain types of cancer and opportunities for targeted paediatric development of innovative anti-cancer medicines. Cancers that are addressed include soft tissue and lymphoid and embryonal neoplasms such as inflammatory myofibroblastic tumour, rhabdomyosarcoma, anaplastic large cell lymphoma and neuroblastoma. Important biological aberrations such as of the anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK) occur across these diverse cancers, albeit in small numbers of patients, and represent challenges to address the therapeutic needs of affect paediatric patients. The workshop convenes stakeholders from patient organisations, academia, pharmaceutical industry and regulators. ... Read more
14/11/2016 - 15/11/2016
Workshop on identifying opportunities for ‘big data’ in medicines development and regulatory science
Rapid developments in technology have led to the generation of vast volumes of data, which have the capability to transform the way the benefit-risk of medicinal products is assessed over their entire life cycle. However, it is recognised there are multiple challenges in the exploitation of these data. These range from the fundamental need to establish methods to enable the access to, integration and analysis of heterogeneous datasets to understanding the limitations in its use. Importantly, robust and transparent mechanisms to protect patient confidentiality are key to secure patient trust. It is important for the European Medicines Agency and the European Union medicines regulatory network to gather information on the latest developments in big data from the perspective of all stakeholders in order to identity how and when the multitude of data sources may contribute to medicinal product development, authorisation and post-marketing surveillance. ... Read more
European Medicines Agency Human Scientific Committees' Working Parties with Patients’ and Consumers’ Organisations (PCWP) and Healthcare Professionals’ Organisations (HCPWP) joint meeting
This joint PCWP/HCPWP meeting includes the election of the PCWP and HCPWP co-chairs for the 2016 – 2019 mandate. Personalised medicines are discussed and participants are updated on the PCWP/HCPWP topic groups; the 2017 work programme; the framework of collaboration with academia; and feedback is given from the scientific committees. ... Read more
This one-day training session for representatives of patients' and consumers' organisations aims at presenting an overview of medicines evaluation with specific emphasis on where and how they can be involved. Using a hands-on interactive approach, participants will learn more about how they can contribute to scientific advice procedures, Scientific Advisory Group (SAG) meetings and in review of information for patients. ... Read more
05/12/2016 - 06/12/2016
In January 2016 the Pharmacovigilance Risk Assessment Committee (PRAC) adopted a strategy for measuring the impact of pharmacovigilance activities performed at European Union (EU) and Member States level which relies on a collaborative approach of all stakeholders. Measuring the impact of key pharmacovigilance activities will allow regulators and stakeholders to determine which activities are most successful and to identify enablers and barriers for generating positive health impacts which will contribute to the further development of proactive pharmacovigilance systems and to promote best practice across the EU. The aim of this workshop is to facilitate the implementation of the PRAC strategy with a particular focus on the development of methodologies and the fostering of collaboration. ... Read more
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