EMA and the Heads of Medicines Agencies (HMA) are launching a pilot project to support the repurposing of medicines as a follow-up to the European Commission’s Expert Group on Safe and Timely Access to Medicines for Patients (STAMP) discussions on a proposal for a medicines repurposing framework.
The aim of this initiative is to support not-for-profit organisations and academia to gather or generate sufficient evidence on the use of an established medicine in a new indication with the view to have this new use formally authorised by a regulatory authority. This is a way of making new treatment options available to patients.
As part of the pilot, EMA and the national medicines agencies will provide regulatory support, primarily scientific advice, to help these stakeholders generate a data package robust enough to support a future application by a pharmaceutical company.
Candidate medicines for the pilot should fulfil the following criteria:
Eligible academia sponsors developing orphan medicines will automatically benefit from a fee waiver. Additional fee waivers will be granted to a subset of selected applications taking into account the extent of the expected public health benefits and the strength of the evidence to substantiate the promise held by the proposal.
Further information on the pilot project is available in a question-and-answer document .
Please note that repurposing of medicines for COVID-19 falls outside the scope of this pilot project.
Deadline: 28 February 2022.