Announcement of the start of the eCTD Version 4 feasibility test
Within the context of the ICH M2 and M8 Expert Working Groups, an agreement was reached to improve the current eCTD specification.
ICH has chosen the direction of developing those standards using the HL7 messaging standard as basis for the Individual Case Safety Reporting (ICSR) as well as for eCTD. The eCTD version 4.0 will be build upon the experience gained in the first version of the Regulated Product Submission (RPS) standard. This standard defines the message for exchanging regulatory submission information electronically between applicants and Regulatory Authorities. The XML message provides the ability to describe the contents of the regulatory exchange and all information needed to process the exchange between these two parties.
Discussions at the HL7 level have been supported by the former eCTD NMV/RPS subgroup, composed of representatives of FR, NL, DE, AT, UK, IE, EMA, EFPIA, EGA, EuropaBio and AESGP.
After a positive ballot in January 2012 on the HL7 Version 3 Standard: Regulatory Product Submission Release 2 Draft Standard for Trial Use 2 the ICH M8 Expert Working Group has developed key documents for the Electronic Common Technical Document (eCTD) v4.0 Modules 2 through 5. These documents have been signed off by the ICH Steering Committee in June 2012 for ICH Step 2 for Testing. Once full documentation is available a link will be provided.
The ICH Implementation Guide and the respective set of controlled vocabularies will need to be used in conjunction with the EU Module 1 Implementation Guide and an additional set of EU relevant controlled vocabularies, as the eCTD v4.0 message will be incomplete without all of the contents.
The EU Module 1 Implementation Guide includes eCTD v4.0 Module 1 requirements of the eCTD XML message including the Regional Administrative and Product Information which is specific for EU purposes and can be downloaded via the following link:
Controlled Vocabularies relevant to EU Module 1 will be provided in a separate spreadsheet for testing purpose via the following link:
The TIGes invites all vendors of eCTD building and reviewing tools to develop tools for testing the message. ICH and TIGes are working on several test scenarios to be able to check whether previously agreed requirements are met and the message standard effectively supports the daily regulatory practice.
Any questions regarding further development, support of testing and clarifications of the released draft documents should be directed to eCTD@ema.europa.eu