Best Practices for a Successful eCTD Submission

The eCTD struggle is real. Regulatory submissions must conform to the electronic common technical document (eCTD) format to be successfully received and reviewed by health authorities. And while this might seem simple, this complex technical process is actually rife with risk if you lack expertise in medical writing and regulatory publishing. In this blog post, … Continued

Things About eCTD You May Not Have Known

In helping clients with their regulatory operations and electronic publishing needs, I’m often asked about preparing regulatory submissions in the electronic common technical document (eCTD) format. While a lot of us have been working in the eCTD format for many years, new start-up companies focusing on rare diseases and new technologies to treat patients are … Continued

Best Practices for Writing Clinical Study Protocols

The pharmaceutical industry has long grappled with the problem of poorly written clinical study protocols. The study protocol describes the conduct of a study, its objectives, methodology, design, and statistical considerations and ensures the safety of participants and integrity of data collected. The teams generally responsible for protocol writing are the medical writing and regulatory … Continued

Avoiding Pitfalls in Plain Language Summaries of Clinical Trial Results

Building trust with clinical trial participants is critical to the success of drug development programs. One of the best ways to earn that trust is by meeting their expectations regarding learning study results. In fact, a 2015 study by the Center for Information and Study of Clinical Research Participation (CISCRP) showed that 73% of clinical … Continued

How AI Tech Is Changing Regulatory Writing

Did you know that you’re likely using artificial intelligence (AI) in your everyday life? For example, the digital music service, Spotify, creates “mood-based” playlists that are curated to users’ musical preferences. Spotify generates these customized play lists using a machine learning algorithm that has learned your unique musical preferences based on your previous interactions with … Continued

EMA Policy 0070 Compliance Tips from James Bond

In many ways, the strategic planning required to comply with EMA Policy 0070―a requirement to publish anonymized versions of clinical study reports (CSRs) and other submission documents―is similar to a secret agent’s mission: sponsors must keep the identities of people named or referred to in those documents top-secret while maintaining the document’s clinical utility. In … Continued

Streamline Your Approach to EMA Policy 0070

Policy 0070― published by the European Medical Agency (EMA) in October 2014― has made the world of regulatory writing a more complicated place. The policy requires specified submission documents to be made public for all marketing authorization applications (MAA’s) submitted as of January 1, 2015 and for all indication extensions and line extensions submitted as … Continued

Best Practices for Complying with EMA Policy 70

EMA Policy 70 requires sponsors to publish anonymized versions of clinical study reports (CSRs) and submission documents submitted in support of a marketing authorization application (MAA) after January 1, 2015. Sponsors must prevent re-identification of people named or referred to in those documents. In March 2016, the detailed guidance document was published. This blog post … Continued

Regulatory Writing Experts: Superman or Clark Kent?

The day starts out slowly. The clinical lead settles into her comfy chair, pushes up her glasses just a bit and gazes at the shimmering computer screen, as the spring breeze sways the branches on the other side of the window. Then, one email (bing)…two emails (bing, bing)… ten, twenty! The beeps roar like a … Continued