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.
ACUTA, ARIM, ARIM Publisher, eCTD, EMA, FDA

Lots of Regulatory Activity Going On

Welcome to another episode of Fun With RIM (kidding, this is the first one). Today’s topic: Just what is a Regulatory Activity? You’ll say to yourself, “I’m in Regulatory, and I do things, so those must be Regulatory Activities.” Not counting that 15 minutes to two hours that half the workforce spends every day on …

ACUTA, ARIM, Software Release

ACUTA Ships ARIM 3.1, ARIM 2.3.3 and Validator

As you can see in the photo above, we have been putting tremendous effort toward shipment of the latest releases of the ARIM (ACUTA Regulatory Information Management) system. Shy Kumar, Founder and CEO of ACUTA, said this of the new releases: The ACUTA team continues to innovate with a focus on bringing new capabilities and …

ACUTA, APT, ARIM Publisher, eCTD

PDF Links Feel So Broke Up, I Want to Go Home

PDF in Electronic Submissions Before there was eCTD (the electronic Common Technical Document), there were submissions using just PDF – the Portable Document Format created by Adobe (and before PDF, there were submissions using interactive PostScript, TIFF images, DAMOS, etc., but that’s a scary story for another time, perhaps around a campfire) The PDF file …

CMC, FDA, IDMP, XML

FDA’s Draft CMC Data Elements – IDMP’s New Buddy?

On July 5, 2017, FDA (United States Food and Drug Administration) published a new document to the Federal Register titled “Pharmaceutical Quality/Chemistry Manufacturing and Controls (PQ/CMC) Data Elements and Technologies.” This is a draft document describing data structures that could take the place of much of the eCTD (Electronic Common Technical Document). Public comment is …

Brexit, EMA

What does Brexit mean for Pharmaceutical Companies?

The whole world is holding its breath to see whether Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union, nicknamed “Brexit,” will have a “hard” landing – meaning a strict break with the European common market and open emigration – or a “soft” one, meaning that some parts of the treaty may be maintained. Theresa May, Prime Minister, …

ACUTA

ACUTA Expands to Philadelphia Area

Barely two months after moving its headquarters to a larger office in Marlborough, Massachusetts, ACUTA has opened its second US office on July 26, 2017, in Bensalem Pennsylvania. Founder and CEO Shylendra Kumar expressed his excitement on the occasion of opening the new office: The growth of ACUTA continues, and this new office will allow …

ARIM Registrations, EMA, IDMP, XEVMPD

XEVMPD: Unpacking its impact on IDMP

Note: This article is not a commitment to features or capabilities of ACUTA products or services. When ACUTA added the Registration module to to ARIM version 3.0 in 2017, our expectation was that IDMP (Identification of Medicinal Products, the ISO standards being implemented first in Europe) was imminent. Because of that, we expected it would …

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 …