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EMA, Australian regulators strengthen collaboration in orphan medicines

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

In a meeting at the EMA April 4, the EMA’s executive director, Guido Rasi, and the national manager of the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), John Skerritt, announced the two regulators have agreed to share the full assessment reports related to marketing authorizations of orphan medicines, intended to treat rare diseases.

If the same marketing authorization application is received in parallel by EMA and TGA, the two regulators have the possibility of scientific exchange to facilitate the evaluation of the medicine. Both regulators still will reach their own conclusions about the suitability of each medicine to be authorized in their respective markets.

The agreement will reinforce collaboration and work-sharing between the two regulatory authorities and will contribute to accelerating access to new medicines for patients with rare diseases in Europe and in Australia. Global collaboration on orphan medicines and rare diseases is particularly important in view of the small number of patients worldwide and the need for the limited number of studies performed to benefit patients regardless of where they live.

The EMA and TGA also collaborate and exchange information in a number of other areas, including through a mutual recognition agreement on good manufacturing practice (GMP) for medicines, their work to rationalize international GMP inspections of active substance manufacturers and as part of multilateral relationships involving other regulatory partners.

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