Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research Patient Engagement Program
Bringing the Patient Voice into Medical Product Development
On this Page:
- Advancing Patient Engagement and Patient-Focused Drug Development at CBER
- CBER Engagement with Patient Organizations
- Request a Patient Organization Meeting with CBER Staff
Patient input is a critical part of the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research’s (CBER) understanding of diseases and conditions. Engaging with patients and listening to their perspectives on their diseases and treatments may help the Center advance patient-focused medical product development. Patient engagement, and the development and application of patient input methods are included in the CBER 2021-2025 Strategic Plan (Objectives 1.2, 1.3, and 2.2). Supported by provisions in both the 21st Century Cures Act of 2016, the Food and Drug Administration Reauthorization Act of 2017 and the Prescription Drug User Fee Act VII CBER’s patient engagement program is committed to incorporating patient involvement in the Center’s regulatory work.
CBER supports Agency-wide efforts to advance patient engagement and patient-focused medical product development
CBER interacts with patient groups on Center-specific topics and actively engages in Agency programs, initiatives, and events to gather patient input and share best practices for involving patients in medical product development and regulation. CBER’s patient engagement program collaborates closely with the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER), the Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH), the Office of the Commissioner and other FDA offices and programs to coordinate patient engagement activities and patient-focused medical product development efforts, and to share best practices.
Programs at CBER that support advancement of patient engagement and patient-focused medical product development include CBER’s Science of Patient Input (SPI) initiative and CBER’s Rare Disease program. SPI initiative activities include supporting studies on methods and tools to obtain robust patient input to support biological product regulatory reviews and providing CBER reviewers with assistance in the regulatory review of patient input and patient-reported outcomes data. CBER’s Rare Disease program works to facilitate the incorporation of the patient perspective in regulatory decision making for biologics for rare diseases.
CBER collaborates with FDA offices and patient engagement teams on cross-cutting patient engagement meetings, workshops, and activities:
- FDA Patient Affairs Staff
- FDA Stakeholder Engagement Staff
- CDER Professional Affairs and Stakeholder Engagement (PASE)
- Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) Patient Science and Engagement Program
- CDER Patient-Focused Drug Development
- Oncology Center of Excellence
- FDA Patient-Focused Drug Development Guidance Series for Enhancing the Incorporation of the Patient’s Voice in Medical Product Development and Regulatory Decision Making
CBER and CDER are collaborating to develop methodological PFDD Guidances in accordance with 21st Century Cures Act and The Food and Drug Administration Reauthorization Act of 2017 Title I
- Developing and Submitting Proposed Draft Guidance Relating to Patient Experience Data (Draft Guidance)
A CBER and CDER draft guidance on how a person seeking to develop and submit a proposed draft guidance relating to patient experience data for consideration by FDA may submit such proposed draft guidance to the Agency
- Patient Preference Information – Voluntary Submission, Review in Premarket Approval Applications, Humanitarian Device Exemption Applications and De Novo Requests, and Inclusion in Decision Summaries and Device Labeling
- Factors to Consider When Making Benefit-Risk Determinations in Medical Device Premarket Approval and De Novo Classifications
- Factors to Consider When Making Benefit-Risk Determinations for Medical Device Investigational Device Exemptions
- Patient Engagement in the Design and Conduct of Medical Device Clinical Investigations
- Principles for Selecting, Developing, Modifying, and Adapting Patient-Reported Outcome Instruments for Use in Medical Device Evaluation
CBER engages patient organizations on disease- and therapy-specific issues.
CBER staff make every effort, subject to staff resources and availability, to hear directly from patients about the burden of disease, the impact of treatment on patients, and other information that could inform regulatory decision making. This includes:
- Participating in FDA-led patient-focused drug development (PFDD) meetings
- Attending externally-led PFDD meetings
- Participating in or attending external conferences dedicated to patient engagement issues
- Participating in rare disease listening sessions organized by FDA’s Patient Affairs Staff and the National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD) with patient stakeholder organizations
- Responding to and facilitating meetings with patient stakeholder organizations on disease- and treatment-related issues
- Engaging with individual patient and caregivers through the FDA Patient Representative Program
- Learn About FDA Patient Engagement
Information about how patients and stakeholders can engage with FDA centers and offices, including CBER
- FDA-Led Patient-Focused Drug Development Meetings
Meetings held by CBER and CDER between 2013 and 2017 to systematically obtain the patient perspective on specific diseases and their treatments
- Externally-Led PFDD Meetings
CBER participates in this FDA program that welcomes patient stakeholder organizations to generate public input on disease areas using FDA-led PFFD meetings as a model
- Condition-Specific Meeting Reports and Other Information Related to Patients' Experience
This webpage provides links to certain publicly available external reports and resources relating to patient experience data. The patient community, patient advocates, researchers, drug developers, and federal agencies may find these materials useful. For specific questions related to a report or resource, FDA recommends reaching out to the point of contact listed on the cover page of the report.
CBER’s Office of Therapeutic Products workshops, webinars, town halls and meetings help to broaden public understanding of regenerative medicine therapy and educate patients and patient advocacy groups about regenerative medicine therapies.
Workshops, webinars, listening meetings
- April 27, 2023 Listening Meeting on Post-Approval Safety and Efficacy Data on Cell and Gene Therapy
- April 13, 2023 Annual Patient Engagement Workshop: Gene Therapy Clinical Trials and the Patient Experience
- November 15, 2022 FDA CBER OTAT Patient-Focused Drug Development Listening Meeting -- Patient Perspectives on Gene Therapy Products
- October 27, 2022 Natural History Studies to Support Regenerative Medicine: A How-To Webinar
- May 24, 2022 Annual Patient Engagement & Regenerative Medicine Meeting 2022: An FDA CBER Workshop for Patient Advocates
- March 9, 2022: RegenMedEd Webinar: The Critical Role of Patients in Advancing Gene Therapy Treatments for Rare Diseases
- November 16, 2021 Regenerative Medicine 101 Webinar: Information for Patients, Caregivers & Advocates
- May 6, 2021 Patient Engagement & Regenerative Medicine: An FDA CBER Workshop for Patient Advocates
Town halls for product development stakeholders
- April 25, 2023 Town Hall on Gene Therapy Chemistry, Manufacturing, and Controls
- February 7, 2023 OTAT Town Hall: Clinical Development of Gene Therapy Products for Rare Diseases
- December 7, 2022 OTAT Town Hall: Cell Therapy Chemistry, Manufacturing, and Controls
- September 29, 2022 OTAT Town Hall: Gene Therapy Chemistry, Manufacturing, and Controls
- November 17, 2022 Information for Practitioners - FDA’s Regulatory Oversight of Regenerative Medicine Products
Meetings between patient organizations and CBER staff present opportunities to enhance CBER’s understanding of disease burden and the impact of treatment on patients. These meetings may also help to inform efforts by patient organizations working to advance drug development such as developing or conducting natural history studies or patient input studies to support medical product development.
To request a meeting with CBER staff, a representative from a patient organization can email CBERPatientEngagement@fda.hhs.gov. CBER will review requests and make every effort to hear directly from patient organizations according to staff availability and resources.
If a patient organization requests a meeting with topic that applies to more than one medical product type, the organization can submit a request through the Patients: Ask FDA page. Patients: Ask FDA can also help patient organizations that are unsure which FDA center or program to contact about engaging with FDA.
- Natural history studies
- Patient-reported outcomes studies
- Patient surveys on risks, benefits, and preferences related to treatments
- Chief complaints (most bothersome signs and symptoms)
- Burden of living with and managing a disease or condition
- Impacts from a disease or condition on activities of daily living and functioning
- Expectations of benefits
- Tolerance for harms or risks
- Patient preference
- Unmet medical needs
- E.g., views on various therapies, such as gene therapy
- Burden of participating in clinical studies
- Risk tolerance