On 15 October 2014, orphan designation (EU/3/14/1339) was granted by the European Commission to GW Pharma Ltd, United Kingdom, for cannabidiol for the treatment of Dravet syndrome.

The sponsorship was transferred to GW Research Ltd, United Kingdom, in November 2017.

Key facts

Active substance
Disease / condition
Treatment of Dravet syndrome
Date of decision
Orphan decision number

Review of designation

The Committee for Orphan Medicinal Products reviews the orphan designation of a product if it is approved for marketing authorisation.

Sponsor's contact details

GW Research Ltd
Sovereign House
Vision Park
Chivers Way, Histon
Cambridge CB24 9BZ
United Kingdom
Tel. +44 (0)1223 266 800

Patients' organisations

For contact details of patients’ organisations whose activities are targeted at rare diseases, see:

  • Orphanet, a database containing information on rare diseases, which includes a directory of patients’ organisations registered in Europe;
  • European Organisation for Rare Diseases (EURORDIS), a non-governmental alliance of patient organisations and individuals active in the field of rare diseases.

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