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International Regulatory Harmonization Amid Globalization of Drug Development: Workshop Summary

Washington (DC): National Academies Press (US); 2013 Oct 24.

International Regulatory Harmonization Amid Globalization of Drug Development: Workshop Summary

Forum on Drug Discovery, Development, and Translation et al.


The past several decades have been a time of rapid globalization in the development, manufacture, marketing, and distribution of medical products and technologies. Increasingly, research on the safety and effectiveness of new drugs is being conducted in countries with little experience in regulation of medical product development. Demand has been increasing for globally harmonized, science-based standards for the development and evaluation of the safety, quality, and efficacy of medical products. Consistency of such standards could improve the efficiency and clarity of the drug development and evaluation process and, ultimately, promote and enhance product quality and the public health. To explore the need and prospects for greater international regulatory harmonization for drug development, the IOM Forum on Drug Discovery, Development, and Translation hosted a workshop on February 13-14, 2013. Discussions at the workshop helped identify principles, potential approaches, and strategies to advance the development or evolution of more harmonized regulatory standards. This document summarizes the workshop.

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This activity was supported by contracts between the National Academy of Sciences and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHSN26300023 [Under Base #HHSN263201200074I] and Contract No. N01-OD-4-2139 TO #276; HHSF22301026T [Under Base #HHSF223200810020I]), AbbVie Inc., American Diabetes Association, American Society for Microbiology, Amgen Inc., Association of American Medical Colleges, AstraZeneca, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Burroughs Wellcome Fund, Celtic Therapeutics, LLLP, Critical Path Institute, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Eli Lilly and Company, FasterCures, Friends of Cancer Research, GlaxoSmithKline, Johnson & Johnson, March of Dimes Foundation, Merck & Co., Inc., Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation, Pfizer Inc., and Sanofi. The views presented in this publication do not necessarily reflect the views of the organizations or agencies that provided support for the activity.

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