European Medicines Agency consults on updates to its policy on access to EudraVigilance

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04/08/2014

European Medicines Agency consults on updates to its policy on access to EudraVigilance

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has today launched a six-week public consultation on its updated EudraVigilance access policy.

EudraVigilance is the European database of all suspected adverse reactions reported with medicines authorised in the European Economic Area (EEA). Managed by the EMA on behalf of the EU medicines regulatory network, EudraVigilance receives over one million adverse drug reaction (ADR) reports per year. The large datasets included in the database provide the backbone for the continuous safety monitoring of medicines performed by European regulators.

Transparency of the data held in EudraVigilance is enshrined in the legislation. The first EudraVigilance access policy entered into force in 2011. It defined levels of access to information on ADR reports for medicines in EudraVigilance per stakeholder group: for European regulators, for healthcare professionals, consumers and patients, for marketing authorisation holders and for research organisations.

Access to information from EudraVigilance for healthcare professionals, consumers, patients and the public is provided for centrally authorised products through a dedicated public website

The proposed update published today maintains the principles established by the original policy but takes into account the changes to the system of safety monitoring of medicines introduced by the pharmacovigilance legislation, such as the further increase in transparency, the introduction of direct patient reporting across all EU Member States and the pharmaceutical industry's responsibility for monitoring the data in EudraVigilance for new safety issues, following a simplification of the reporting of adverse reaction reports.

Some key changes:

  • Addition of the Uppsala Monitoring Centre (UMC) of the World Health Organisation (WHO) as a new stakeholder group who will be provided with individual case safety reports (ICSRs) originating from within the EEA in electronic format on a weekly basis;
  • Enhanced access of marketing-authorisation holders to reports related to their medicines in support of their signal detection and other pharmacovigilance obligations;
  • Access to more detailed ICSR data for researchers in response to justified research requests;
  • Addition of international medicines regulatory authorities as a new stakeholder group, who can obtain data on an ad-hoc basis;
  • Increased emphasis on confidentiality of personal data to protect the identity of patients and reporters of ADRs, in accordance with EU data protection law.

Interested parties have until 15 September 2014 to send their comments on the draft policy to the Agency using the following email address: evaccess@ema.europa.eu.

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