Article 5 procedure: Regulatory and procedural guidance

Marketing authorisation holders (MAHs) can request a recommendation on the classification of an unforeseen variation, in line with Article 5 of the Commission Regulation (EC) No 1234/2008. This refers to a marketing authorisation variation that is not detailed in the European Commission guideline that highlights the various categories of variations, and that does not have a recommendation under Article 5.

For centrally authorised medicines, MAHs have to address requests for a recommendation on the classification of an unforeseen variation to the European Medicines Agency (EMA).

For nationally authorised medicines, MAHs have to submit such requests to a relevant national competent authority (NCA). 

EMA provides guidance for MAHs on how to request such a recommendation for a human medicine authorised through the centralised procedure:


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