Overview

Austrian government’s healthcare expenditure clearly showcases good market for drug/medicinal products in the country. Aging population and increased health awareness among Austrians are major reasons behind the surging demand for pharmaceutical products. Prior to marketing medicinal products locally, manufacturers must obtain a Market Authorization approved by the Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety. As per the Directive 2001/83/EC, any new medicinal product shall be registered through a Marketing Authorization Application (MAA) following certain procedures:  

  • Article 8(3) for New Chemical Entity (NCE) 
  • Article 10 for generic, hybrid and similar biological medicinal products  

Further, the Market Authorization Holder (MAH) must meet all the requirements listed out by the European Union (EU) and the European Economic Area (EEA) considering the UK as 3rd country post March 30, 2019. 

Freyr assists pharma manufacturers to navigate the local Regulatory challenges for successful market entry. Freyr provides Regulatory services ranging from strategic support on submission roadmaps and procedures, pre-submission activities, dossier compilation and submission in eCTD format to assistance for post-approval changes and life cycle management.

 

Freyr Expertise 

  • Initial submissions (MAAs) via various procedures- National, Mutual Recognition Procedure (MRP), Decentralized Procedure (DCP) and Centralized Procedure (CP) for innovator, hybrid and generic products 
  • Regulatory consultation and strategic support on submission roadmaps and procedures 
  • Pre-submission administrative activities such as interaction with Health Authorities (HAs), slot booking for submissions, selection of the RMS and CMS, request to HA to work as RMS 
  • Evaluation of the product and source data from R&D and manufacturing site (executed data) for the EU-specific Regulatory and submission requirements 
  • Compilation and submission of the dossiers to HAs in eCTD format in line with the Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety requirements 
  • Consultation during developments and manufacturing of the medicinal products 
  • Initial submissions for APIs - ASMF/ CEP submissions  
  • Qualified Person (QP), Qualified Person for Pharmacovigilance (QPPV) in EU 
  • Post-approval changes submissions with strategies and compilation/ submission for:   
    • MAH transfers 
    • Post-approval quality change like-  
      • Change in manufacturing site, addition/deletion of the site, batch size change, changes in manufacturing, administrative and labeling changes 
    • Monograph updates i.e. compliance to European pharmacopoeia 
    • Change in container closure system 
    • Change in primary packaging material supplier 
    • Shelf life extension/reduction 
    • Addition of new supplier for active substance 
    • Inclusion of additional source for starting material for drug substance 
  • Impact analysis of Brexit and submission of the relevant changes to HA(s) like- change in Reference Member State (RMS), changes to MAH, addition/ replacement of the batch release and testing sites, changes to the QP, QPPV and Pharmacovigilance system master file (PSMF) (Article 57 notification) 
  • Life cycle maintenance by submission of renewal applications 
  • Support in handling deficiencies with Regulatory strategy and preparation and submission of the response