Rewards and incentives for paediatric medicines

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Several rewards and incentives for the development of paediatric medicines for children are available in the European Union (EU).

  • Medicines authorised across the EU with the results of studies from a paediatric investigation plan included in the product information are eligible for an extension of their supplementary protection certificate by six months. This is the case even when the studies' results are negative.
  • For orphan medicines, the incentive is an additional two years of market exclusivity.
  • Scientific advice and protocol assistance at the Agency are free of charge for questions relating to the development of paediatric medicines.
  • Medicines developed specifically for children that are already authorised but are not protected by a patent or supplementary protection certificate are eligible for a paediatric-use marketing authorisation (PUMA). If a PUMA is granted, the product will benefit from 10 years of market protection as an incentive.

The above can be complemented by other incentives to support the research, development and availability of medicinal products for paediatric use. Information on national rewards and incentives for paediatric medicines is available in this document:

For more information on paediatric rewards, see:

Marketing-authorisation holders benefitting from rewards and incentives

Information on companies who have benefitted from paediatric rewards and incentives is available in annual reports to the European Commission:

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