European Medicines Agency and US Food and Drug Administration receive first parallel quality-by-design application
The European Medicines Agency (EMA) and the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have agreed to accept the first application under their pilot program for the parallel evaluation of marketing-authorization applications involving 'quality by design' (QbD).
The application, from Pfizer, will allow the two agencies to assess the parts of the application related to QbD in parallel. The agencies will communicate with and consult each other regularly during the evaluation process, resulting in a common list of questions to the applicant and harmonized evaluation of the applicant's responses.
QbD is a method that involves an enhanced systematic and science-based approach to development and manufacturing, to better ensure the quality of medicines.
The agencies started the three-year pilot of parallel QbD evaluation in April 2011. The pilot is being operated under the EMA's confidentiality arrangements with the FDA.