On April 19, 2016 the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Office of Pharmaceutical Quality (OPQ) released a new document outlining how supplements can be grouped together and submitted concurrently for the same chemistry, manufacturing and controls (CMC) changes to multiple approved new drug applications (NDAs), abbreviated new drug applications (ANDAs) and biological license applications (BLAs) submitted by the same applicant.
The agency says the goal of its new policy is to make the process more efficient and consistent when reviewing grouped supplements.The term “grouped supplements” is used to describe two or more supplements reviewed and processed using the procedures set forth in the new document, though FDA makes clear that supplements cannot be grouped if submitted by a different applicant or if the supplements provide for different CMC changes. “The supporting data necessary for the review of the CMC changes should be the same for each of the grouped supplements,” FDA says. “Any supplement that provides for the same CMC changes but necessitates the review of data that is unique to that supplement (e.g., product-specific data) should not be grouped.”
Supplements can be grouped when the following criteria are met:
“On a case-by-case basis, the Center may also group supplements that do not meet some or any of the criteria described above, if grouping the supplements is advantageous to the review process,” FDA says.
Circumstances where this may occur include cases when an applicant submits a group of supplements for the same CMC change and then, at a later date, submits additional supplements for the same change and requests FDA officials to include the second set of supplements in the group.
The Regulatory Business Project Manager (RBPM) and Branch Chief (BC) of the relevant review division will decide on a case-by-case basis whether such changes will be allowed, though FDA notes that “consideration will be given to whether the goal date for the original group of supplements could still be met if the second set of supplements is added to the review.”
Additionally, seven new procedures were outlined by FDA in the MAPP (Manual of Policies and Procedures).