Quality guidelines

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This section includes the European Medicines Agency's guidelines on the quality of medicines.

The Agency's Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) prepares scientific guidelines in consultation with regulatory authorities in the European Union (EU) Member States, to help applicants prepare marketing-authorisation applications for human medicines.

Guidelines provide a basis for practical harmonisation of how the EU Member States and the Agency interpret and apply the detailed requirements for the demonstration of quality, safety and efficacy that are in the Community directives.

The Agency strongly encourages applicants and marketing-authorisation holders to follow these guidelines. Applicants need to justify deviations from guidelines fully in their applications at the time of submission. The Agency advises applicants to discuss any proposed deviations with EU regulators during medicine development through scientific advice.

Quality guidelines are provided for: