Patient-Focused Drug Development Guidance: Methods to Identify What is Important to Patients and Select, Develop or Modify Fit-for-Purpose Clinical Outcome Assessments

On October 15-16th, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is hosting a two-day public workshop to convene a discussion on: 1) methodological approaches that may be used to develop and identify what is most important to patients and caregivers with respect to burden of disease, burden of treatment, and the benefits and risks in the management of the patient’s disease; and 2) best practices for selecting, developing or modifying fit-for-purpose Clinical Outcome Assessments (COAs) to measure the patient experience in clinical trials. This workshop will inform development of patient-focused drug development guidance as required by Section 3002 of the 21st Century Cures Act of 2016, and as part of commitments made by FDA under the sixth authorization of the Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA VI).

The purpose of this public workshop is to obtain feedback from stakeholders on considerations for:

  1. Methods to identify what is important to patients with respect to burden of disease, burden of treatment, and the benefits and risks in management of the patient’s disease
  2. Best practices for eliciting information on which aspects of disease symptoms, signs, impacts and other issues are important and meaningful to patients
  3. Measuring symptoms, signs, impacts and other issues of a disease or condition in a meaningful way
  4. Selecting, developing or modifying fit-for-purpose COAs to measure the patient experience in clinical trials

FDA is seeking information and comments from a broad range of stakeholders, including patients, patient advocates, academic and medical researchers, expert practitioners, drug developers, and other interested persons. FDA will publish discussion documents outlining the topic areas that will be addressed in the draft guidance(s) approximately 1 month before the workshop.

This website will be updated as workshop materials are developed.


October 15-16, 2018


9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. EST (Registration will begin at 8:00 am)


FDA White Oak Campus
10903 New Hampshire Avenue
Building 31, Room 1503 (Great Room)
Silver Spring, MD 20993

(Information about arrival to FDA’s White Oak campus)


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Registration will close on October 8, 2018.

If you are unable to attend the workshop in person, you can register to view a live webcast of the workshop. You will be asked to indicate in your registration if you plan to attend in person or via the webcast. Seating will be limited, so early registration is recommended. Registration is free and will be on a first-come, first-served basis. However, FDA may limit the number of participants from each organization based on space limitations. Onsite registration on the day of the workshop will be based on space availability.

Public Docket:

In addition to providing input at the public workshop, stakeholders are invited to submit comments through the public docket. The public docket will close on December 14, 2018.

There will be a live webcast of the worshop. The link will begin working approximately one hour before the start of the workshop.

Workshop Recordings:

Meeting Materials:
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