EU/3/02/127: Orphan designation for the treatment of inborn errors in primary bile acid synthesis

cholic acid


On 18 December 2002, orphan designation (EU/3/02/127) was granted by the European Commission to Agence Générale des Equipements et Produits de Santé - Etablissement Pharmaceutique des Hôpitaux de Paris (AGEPS - EPHP), France, for cholic acid for the treatment of inborn errors in primary-bile-acid synthesis.

Cholic acid has been authorised in the EU as Orphacol since 12 September 2013.

Key facts

Active substance
cholic acid
Medicine name
Intended use
Treatment of inborn errors in primary bile acid synthesis
Orphan designation status
EU designation number
Date of designation

Laboratoires C.T.R.S.
63 Rue Montrosier

Review of designation

During its meeting of 11-12 January 2011, the Committee for Orphan Medicinal Products (COMP) reviewed the designation EU/3/02/127 for Orphacol (cholic acid) as an orphan medicinal product for the treatment of inborn errors in primary-bile-acid synthesis. The COMP assessed whether, at the time of marketing authorisation, the medicinal product still met the criteria for orphan designation. The Committee looked at the seriousness and prevalence of the condition, and the existence of other satisfactory methods of treatment. The COMP recommended that the orphan designation of the medicine be maintained*.

*The maintenance of the orphan designation at time of marketing authorisation would, except in specific situations, give an orphan medicinal product 10 years of market exclusivity in the European Union (EU). This means that in the 10 years after its authorisation, similar products with a comparable therapeutic indication cannot be placed on the market.

Update history

November 2022The sponsor’s address was updated.
July 2007The sponsorship was transferred to Laboratoires C.T.R.S., France.

Documents related to this orphan designation evaluation

  • List item

    Recommendation for maintenance of orphan designation at the time of marketing authorisation: Orphacol (cholic acid) for the treatment of inborn errors in primary-bile-acid synthesis (PDF/87.14 KB)


    First published: 10/10/2013
    Last updated: 10/10/2013

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    • Orphanet, a database containing information on rare diseases, which includes a directory of patients’ organisations registered in Europe.

    EU register of orphan medicines

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