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Clinical Considerations for Therapeutic Cancer Vaccines Guidance for Industry October 2011


Clinical Considerations for Therapeutic Cancer Vaccines

Issued by:
Guidance Issuing Office
Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research

This guidance provides sponsors who wish to submit an Investigational New Drug application (IND) for a therapeutic cancer vaccine with recommendations on critical clinical considerations for investigational studies of these products. This guidance will discuss considerations common to phase 1 and phase 2 clinical trials (collectively referred to as “early phase clinical trials”) and phase 3 clinical trials (referred to as “late phase clinical trials”), as well as considerations that are unique to specific stages of clinical development of therapeutic cancer vaccines. This guidance provides recommendations for the design of clinical trials for cancer vaccines conducted under an IND (Title 21 Code of Federal Regulations (21 CFR) Part 312) to support a subsequent biologics license application (BLA) for marketing approval. This guidance finalizes the draft guidance of the same title dated September 2009.

Submit Comments

Submit comments on this guidance document electronically via docket ID: FDA-2013-S-0610 - Specific Electronic Submissions Intended For FDA's Dockets Management Staff (i.e., Citizen Petitions, Draft Proposed Guidance Documents, Variances, and other administrative record submissions)

If unable to submit comments online, please mail written comments to:

Division of Dockets Management (HFA- 305)
Food and Drug Administration
5630 Fishers Lane, Rm. 1061
Rockville, MD 20852

All comments should be identified with the title of the guidance.


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