Data integration is doing much to enhance regulatory information management. Life sciences companies are increasingly discovering useful interdependencies between data, documents and RIM processes. The next step is to put this data to work to improve efficiency.
The pandemic is helping realize the potential of ISO IDMP data standards in relation to adverse event reporting, electronic prescribing and medicines control in the supply chain.
Digital technologies offer more efficient and patient-friendly distribution of the up-to-date manufacturing details and safety advice mandated by regulators. But many firms in the medtech sector are not maximizing the opportunity to deliver regulated product information digitally.
Whatever the short- and longer-term fallout of COVID-19, organizations will need to come back fighting—with new tools at their disposal and ready to raise their game.
The latest regulations for human and veterinary medicinal products, as well as medical devices, include the mandate to set up databases with detailed information about available products. These databases must be realized and implemented in the near future, and require a concerted effort now if tangible real-world benefits are to follow.
Whatever the demands of international regulators, it is public expectations that will ultimately dictate the need for life sciences companies to prepare complete and accurate product data that patients and healthcare providers can scrutinize on demand.
After a series of delays and false starts, EMA is now progressing its ISO IDMP agenda with firm intent. The first implementation guide is out now for consultation, to be followed by a second actionable version by next year. Life sciences companies targeting Europe will have a year to comply with all the measures—but this will be a lot of work.