Advanced therapy classification

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Companies can consult the European Medicines Agency (EMA) to determine whether a medicine they are developing is an advanced therapy medicinal product (ATMP). The procedure allows them to receive confirmation that a medicine, which is based on genes, cells or tissues, meets the scientific criteria for defining an ATMP.

The criteria for ATMPs are set out in Article 17 of Regulation (EC) No 1394/2007. The classification procedure is optional.

EMA established the procedure to address questions on borderline classification with other areas, such as medical devices, as early as possible.

EMA's Committee for Advanced Therapies (CAT) delivers scientific recommendations on ATMP classification after consultation with the European Commission within 60 days after receipt of the request.

EMA publishes the outcome of the assessment of the classification of ATMPs as summary reports:

Applying for ATMP classification

To submit an application for ATMP classification, complete:

Return both forms to

Procedural advice on ATMP classification

Information on the ATMP classification procedure is available below:

Reflection paper on ATMP classification

In June 2015, EMA published the adopted revised reflection paper on the classification of ATMPs.

For previous versions, see:

Dates for submission of ATMP-classification requests: 2016

Deadline for submission of requestStart of procedureRecommendation adopted by CAT pending receipt of comments from the European Commission (EC)*Adoption in case of major comments received from EC
Day -15Day 0Day 30Day 60

*Expected dates for adoption if the CAT requires no additional information to conclude on the classification (with no clock stop during the procedure).

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