Website outages and upgrades

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) makes upgrades to this website from time to time, to improve user experience. During these upgrades, the website is unavailable for a short period of time, outside of EMA working hours.

You can see when we are planning the next outage below. You can also find a list of the main improvements made during previous upgrades.

Planned interruptions

DateTimeAvailability
21/12/202208:00 - 09:00 Amsterdam time (CET)Website intermittently unavailable

During these times, EMA’s corporate website may be intermittently unavailable or not work optimally. When the website is unavailable, a holding page displays EMA’s contact details, including the emergency number for reporting a potentially serious problem with a centrally authorised medicine and the number for notifying EMA of suspected quality defects or product recalls.

EMA advises users not to plan complex or critical work using EMA's corporate website at these times.

 

Release notes highlights

DateImprovements made
21/12/2022
02/02/2022
31/11/2021
  • Opinions on medicines for use outside EU added to medicine data download table
  • Format of negative orphan designation links updated on What's New
  • Dates of all relevant updates are reflected when content has been updated on different days within one calendar month on What's New 
  • Updated the home page section titled 'Information for you' with new visuals
  • Bug fixed that displayed some content in duplicate on the pages in the home page section 'Information for you'
21/09/2021
19/08/2021
  • Bug fixed that prevented lists of committee members and European experts from displaying correctly
10/08/2021
06/07/2021
30/06/2021
15/06/2021
11/05/2021
05/05/2021
  • Guidance added to the ‘How useful was this page?’ feature to specify that users should not provide personal data via this feature 
06/04/2021
  • Usability of the controlled vocabulary filters of the website's search functionalities improved, including enabling users to browse the list of available terms
  • Labelling on the 'What’s new' page adjusted to identify updated content
26/01/2021
10/11/2020
22/10/2020
  • Banner with quick links to COVID-19 content added to the homepage
  • Colour-coded design features for COVID-19-related content enabled
01/10/2020
  • 'Topic' link enabled on some web page types to access content on the same topic
22/09/2020
  • Display of sortable and searchable data tables improved by setting the default display to 25 rows
  • Bug fixed with the RSS feed that prevented display of some new content
12/08/2020
  • Bug fixed with cookie banner (when accepting cookies) and cookie consent texts on video windows
16/07/2020
  • Display of sortable and searchable data tables improved, by setting the default sorting order from newest to oldest
04/06/2020
  • Relevance of search results using the website's sitewide search functionality improved, by excluding documents from results by default. Users can still opt to include documents by ticking the 'Include documents' box on the top left of the search interface
02/06/2020
04/05/2020
  • Display of search interface on mobile devices improved
14/04/2020
30/03/2020
  • Searching and filtering direct healthcare professional communications (DHPC) enabled in the Medicine search. Users can filter DHPCs by medicine name, active substance name and INN, therapeutic area, ATC code, first published and last updated dates

Archive of EMA's website

The Publications Office of the European Union captures and preserves an online archive of previous versions of this website. This is available for reference purposes.

Archived versions of the site are available as of December 2009 at the link below.

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