The medicines development process’ ultimate goal is an approval for marketing the new medicinal product – a Marketing Authorisation. This should be an integral part of all steps throughout the life-cycle of the medicinal product. A Marketing Authorisation Application contains information on quality, and non-clinical and clinical studies.
Common Technical Document (CTD)
Before a medicinal product can be marketed and sold, a marketing authorisation must be obtained from the relevent National Competent Authorities. The marketing authorisation application process can take one of two paths – the decentralised procedure, or the centralised procedure. In some cases in Europe, the centralised procedure is mandatory.
After Phase III of clinical studies, all the information on a medicin is collected and organised in a pre-determiend format (a dossier), which is then submitted to the regulatory authorities. The regulatory authorities then decide whether or not a medicine can be prescribed to patients.