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.