The European Medicines Agency can give scientific advice to companies on the appropriate tests and studies in the development of a veterinary medicine. This is designed to facilitate the development and availability of high-quality, effective and acceptably safe medicines.

For veterinary medicines, scientific advice is given by the Committee for Medicinal Products for Veterinary Use (CVMP) on the recommendation of the Scientific Advice Working Party (SAWP).

Information on fees payable for scientific advice can be found under fees.

Apply using the 'IRIS' platform

Medicine developers should use EMA's secure online IRIS platform to request scientific advice from EMA: 


IRIS button

The IRIS platform provides a single space for applicants and EMA to submit requests, communicate, share information and deliver documents concerning a scientific advice procedure.

Medicine developers first need to complete the registration steps set out in the Quick interactive guide to IRIS registration process before using IRIS to apply for scientific advice.

The IRIS platform homepage also explains how to register and make regulatory submissions using IRIS. 

The guidance document and template below provide more information on applying for scientific advice. 

Guidance documents and templates

European Medicines Agency guidance for companies requesting scientific advice (veterinary)

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Scientific advice request template

English (EN) (116.36 KB - DOCX)View

Veterinary Scientific Advice procedure - submission deadlines 2024

English (EN) (97.74 KB - PDF)View

Online training: How to submit Initial and follow-up scientific advice applications (veterinary) using IRIS (14/10/2020)

Online training: How to register for access to IRIS, what research product identifiers (RPI) are and how we use them (24/09/2020)

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