European Medicines Agency establishes Geriatric Expert Group

News 07/06/2011

The European Medicines Agency's Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) has established a Geriatric Expert Group, to provide scientific advice on issues related to the elderly.

The group's PDF iconmandate, objectives and rules of procedure , published today, explain that the group will contribute to the work of the CHMP and the Agency secretariat by:

  • giving input on guidelines under consultation;
  • giving advice on geriatric aspects of the development, assessment or safety monitoring of medicines;
  • taking part in meetings where expertise on geriatrics is needed;
  • contributing to the geriatric implementation plan.

The group is formed of nine members with expertise in the scientific and regulatory aspects of geriatrics. It will meet virtually on an ad-hoc basis as required, communicating by e-mail, telephone conference or web conference only.

The establishment of the group forms a major step in the implementation of the Agency's PDF icongeriatric medicines strategy , adopted in February 2011 as part of the implementation of the Agency's Road Map to 2015.

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