Union Product Database

The Union Product Database serves as a single source of information on all authorised veterinary medicines and their availability in European Union (EU) and European Economic Area (EEA) Member States. The European Medicines Agency (EMA) set up and maintains the veterinary medicines information website and the Union Product Database, in collaboration with the Member States and the European Commission.

For marketing authorisation holders, the Union Product Database provides self-service access for specific regulatory activities, including the management of variations that do not require assessment. It will also enable and simplify several regulatory procedures. For more information, see:

Delivery of the Union Product Database is required by the Veterinary Medicines Regulation (Regulation (EU) 2019/6), which became applicable on 28 January 2022. For more information, seeVeterinary Medicinal Products Regulation.

Veterinary Medicines information website

The Veterinary Medicines information website, the public interface of the Union Product Database, enables everyone with an interest in veterinary medicines to:

  • search and view information on all authorised veterinary medicines in the EU / EEA, irrespective of the authorisation route;
  • find out in which Member State a specific veterinary medicine is available;
  • find information which could help identify potential treatment alternatives.

Implementation guide

The implementation guide for the Union Product Database (Version 1) is available below.

It contains guidance for marketing authorisation holders and national competent authorities on the submission of data on veterinary medicines to the Union Product Database using standardised data formats and terminologies throughout the EU.

The different chapters of the guide explain the timelines, requirements, process, technical specification, data elements and associated business rules for submitting these data.

The UPD draws on the four SPOR data management services for the centralised management of master data in the EU. For more information, seeSubstance, product, organisation and referential (SPOR) master data.

How to register

Guidance on registering for access to the restricted area of the Union Product Database (UPD) for staff of the European Commission, national competent authorities and marketing authorisation holders is available below.

Guidance for national competent authorities

National competent authorities (NCA) need to submit their legacy product data into the Union Product Database before Regulation (EU) 2019/6 becomes applicable on 28 January 2022. 

Legacy product data refers to any data on veterinary medicines authorised in EU Member States before 28 January 2022. Submitting this data is essential for enabling correct functioning of the database and other interdependent systems.

Since July 2021, competent authorities can upload legacy product information into the Union Product Database, using either an application programming interface (API) or a web user interface.

This applies to all veterinary medicinal products authorised in the EU via mutual recognition, decentralised procedure, national procedure or centralised procedure. For more information see: 

Guidance on the process and format for submitting legacy data for national competent authorities is available in the implementation guide for the Union Product Database and in a question-and-answer (Q&A) document below.

The Q&A document intends to answer frequently asked questions by NCAs. For any questions that this document does not cover, staff at NCAs can write to vetchange.programme@ema.europa.eu. EMA will add further frequently asked questions to the document as it receives them. 

Guidance for marketing authorisation holders

From 28 January 2022, marketing authorisation holders need to submit the following data on their medicines to the Union Product Database:

  • Volume of sales
  • Availability status of the product
  • Any changes to the authorisation status (i.e. revocation or suspension)
  • Variations not requiring assessment

Guidance on the process and format for submitting data is available in Chapter 7 of the Implementation guide for the Union Product Database and in a question-and-answer (Q&A) document below.

Marketing authorisation holders with any questions not addressed by this guidance may email vetchange.programme@ema.europa.eu

What to do in case of system failure

Organisations should make sure that adequate business continuity processes and back-up systems are in place to deal with system failures. This will ensure that any system failures can be resolved within a short period of time and submissions made in a timely manner.

In case of a system failure of the Union Product Database requiring resolution by EMA, the organisation will be considered compliant with any submission deadlines if they submit as soon as possible after the Union Product Database becomes available again.

For example, marketing authorisation holders have 30 days after implementing a relevant change to submit a variation not requiring assessment into the Union Product Database. Should the system not be accessible on the day an organisation wishes to submit a variation not requiring assessment, they should submit within 2 business days after the system becomes available again.

Access policy

The access policy for the Union Product Database sets out the types of information different user groups will be allowed to access.

The final access policy is available below together with the outcome of a public consultation. 

Processing of personal data

joint controllership arrangement describes the processing of personal data in the Union Product Database, in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation and EU Data Protection Regulation. 

The joint controllership arrangement describes the roles and responsibilities of EMA and the Member States regarding the processing of personal data in the database. It sets out the measures they must put in place to ensure that personal data in the database is securely processed, and covers how the parties are to handle any personal data breaches.

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