Author: Joel Finkle

Joel became embroiled in electronic submissions when regulatory came downstairs and asked "Can we convert all our clinical study reports to WordPerfect format for the FDA reviewer?" and he didn't say, "No." Since then, he's been involved with custom CANDAs, PDF publishing, eCTD, document template automation, Regulatory Information Management, HL7's RPS, and the ISO IDMP standard. He joined ACUTA in April of 2017. He'd share some of his famous tomatillo salsa with you, but he can't carry it on airplanes.
ARIM Registrations, EMA, IDMP, SPOR

IDMPrimer #3: Building Blocks

So far in the first two primer posts I’ve described some over-arching concepts about the data that goes into IDMP, how it’s used, and where it comes from. Let’s start piecing things together and understand what an IDMP message would look like. I promise not to use XML for now – the HL7 Structured Product Language …

ARIM Publisher, eCTD, EMA, Regulatory Update

Regulatory Update: EMA eCTD Specifications 3.0.2 – Best Practices Limitation Corrected (even better practices!)

On April 6, 2017, EMA issued a new version of the eCTD specifications, version 3.0.2, 11 months after version 3.0.1. If you look at the EMA Website’s EU Module 1 page, it appears that nothing has happened: The same EU Regional DTD (the structure of the eCTD), and the same Implementation Guide are listed as …

eCTD, eCTD 4, EMA

eCTD 4 in Europe: Multiple Countries, Multiple Processes

For the first time in two years, EMA (there are enough acronyms here that it got distracting defining them all – see the table at the bottom) has updated their Implementation Guide for eCTD version 4, which is based on the HL7 RPS standard, and has been advanced through ICH Step 4, meaning that it’s OK …

EMA, IDMP, SPOR

IDMPrimer #2: EMA’s Operating Model

Last time, the subject was the overall data in IDMP (The ISO standard for Identification of Medicinal Products), and how it grouped into regulatory vs non-regulatory, and the description of the product itself versus what it’s authorized for. This lesson is about how all that data is going to be used, and how that influences …

ACUTA, Conferences

Join ACUTA at the 6th Annual Regulatory Operations and Submissions Conference

The 6th Annual Regulatory Operations and Submissions Conference takes place May 22-23 in Philadelphia at the Wyndham Historic District. Please join Don Palmer, Director of Product Strategy, and Joel Finkle, Director of Regulatory Innovation at their table, in between sessions on submission management, cloud systems and outsourcing, and technology challenges. We’d love to talk to …

ARIM Registrations, EMA, IDMP

IDMPrimer #1: The Four Quadrants of IDMP Data

Once upon a time, I’d written a number of lessons on IDMP – those are no longer easily available (hint: check out the Internet Archive, but come back here), and there have been changes, so let’s start from scratch. If you need a glossary of abbreviations below, please check out the April 25 blog post. …

ACUTA

New ACUTA Headquarters Signals Expanded Services

ACUTA Headquarters

Effective May 1, ACUTA has a new home in Marlborough, Massachusetts.  According to Shylendra Kumar, Founder and CEO, I am very proud and pleased to see the exponential growth of ACUTA over last 3 years! ACUTA is doubling in size consistently every year since last 3 years and we are moving to a new and …

eCTD, EMA, Health Canada, Regulatory Update

Regulatory Updates: European Electronic Application Form and Health Canada eCTD Mandate

Joel Finkle, Director Regulatory Innovation and Donald Palmer, Director Product Strategy A couple of announcements have been received from regulatory agencies impacting product application processes. European Electronic Application Form (eAF) First, EMA has updated the electronic Application Form (EAF). This is the interactive PDF form from which EMA extracts an XML representation of what your …

EMA, IDMP, SPOR, XEVMPD

Would you support IDMP that isn’t IDMP?

Joel Finkle, Director Regulatory Innovation & IDMP Strategy For the last few months – both at the January and March EU IDMP/SPOR Task Force Meetings, there has been debate about how to send IDMP data to agencies in Europe. Although the ISO standard specifies the HL7 SPL format, the initial iteration of EMA’s implementation is …

eCTD, eCTD 4, FDA

eCTD 4 — A Love/Hate Relationship

Joel Finkle, Director Regulatory Innovation & IDMP Strategy, ACUTA Don’t get me wrong: I definitely love eCTD 4 for all the things it’s been designed for. However, we’ve been working on it since 2005, and we’re still years away from its full implementation.  So, I thought I’d make a love and hate list to show …