The EFPC is pleased to announce a joint collaboration with the European Medicines Agency (EMA), the European Union of General Practitioners (UEMO) and World Organization of Family Doctors (WONCA).
The statement, signed today, 6 June 2019 at EMA headquarter in Amsterdam, affirms EMA’s commitment to actively involve primary care professionals in its work to ensure that we can bring valuable knowledge from primary care into medicines regulation.
The aim of this reinforced cooperation will pave the way to:
- Help EMA gain a better understanding of how medicines are being used in real life and the potential impact of specific regulatory actions on patient care
- Facilitate the incorporation of views and input from GPs/family physicians into EMA’s activities recognising the pivotal role that they play on the front line of health and patient care
- Raise awareness among GPs of the role and activities of the EU medicines regulatory network.
This new collaboration has a concrete action plan to 2020 to guide EMA, UEMO, EFPC and WONCA in their joint work. Specific areas include involving GPs and family physicians in EMA evaluation activities, developing communication activities relevant to GPs and family physicians, as well as exploring options for further collaboration with existing research networks in primary care, with a focus on generating real-world evidence. The action plan also identifies opportunities for cooperation in regulatory science training.