Meetings with stakeholders and other organisations

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The Committee for Advanced Therapies (CAT) engages in active dialogue with its stakeholders in the field of advanced therapies, including industry, developers of medicines, academia, patients and clinicians.

This allows the exchange of scientific views and the further development of the regulatory framework for the authorisation of advanced therapy medicinal products (ATMPs). The Committee recognises the importance of dialogue and working relationships with its interested parties, in order to implement the ATMP legislation successfully. 

Interested parties

The CAT has established a list of its interested parties as a permanent forum for interaction between the Committee and its stakeholders.

The Committee interacts with these organisations in a variety of ways, such as:

  • allowing their participation in CAT hearings, such as an annual general hearing or ad-hoc topic-specific hearings;
  • consulting with them proactively on guidelines under development.

The CAT's interested parties are defined as not-for-profit, European or international organisations in the field of advanced therapies. They include organisations representing industry, research groups, academia, patients, consumers or healthcare professionals, and can be general umbrella organisations or organisations with a focus on a specific disease, therapeutic area or category of ATMPs, such as gene therapy, cell therapy, tissue engineering, regenerative medicine or stem cells.

Meetings with interested parties

The CAT holds general hearings with interested parties every year.

It has also started to host focus group meetings with its interested parties.

How to get involved

Any organisation is welcome to express its interest in participating in the activities of the CAT. Successful applicants will be added to the list of interested parties to CAT.

The CAT has developed a questionnaire to collect the information necessary to evaluate the eligibility of organisations:

All organisations applying must provide supporting information on their legitimacy, mission, objectives, activities, representation, structure, accountability and consultation modalities, and transparency.

The Agency will send an acknowledgment of receipt for each questionnaire, together with a timeframe for the evaluation of the request.

Workshops and meetings


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