FDA now accepting REMS in SPL format

September 2, 2016 Daniel Henrich

Beginning today, September 2, 2016, the FDA is accepting REMS (Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy) submissions in Structured Product Labeling (SPL) format.

SPL is an XML document markup standard approved by Health Level 7 and previously adopted by the FDA for electronic Drug Registration and Listing (eDRL), Unique Device Identification (UDI), Lot Distribution Reports (LDR) and other structured content submissions.

FDA has chosen to transition REMS to SPL format for several reasons. In the current PDF submission model, REMS exhibit little standardization in description, format or terminology and vary widely in their ease of use. Submission of REMS in SPL will help to clarify and standardize REMS content across the industry, making FDA review procedures more efficient. In addition, REMS in SPL will increase access and ease of use for all REMS content stakeholders, including sponsors, FDA, providers, prescribers and patients, with the ultimate goal of improving patient safety.

While submission of REMS in SPL is currently voluntary, FDA has indicated that it intends to mandate REMS in SPL following the issuance of final guidance. However, sponsors who intend to begin submitting REMS in SPL during the next year can receive free assistance from the FDA in creating the REMS Summary section of their REMS submission.

Is your company a sponsor of a drug product requiring a REMS program? Contact Reed Tech to learn more about REMS and the advantages of submitting in SPL format. Reed Tech participated successfully in the FDA’s REMS SPL pilot program this year with an industry partner and has been providing life sciences companies with expert SPL submission solutions, education and support since 2005. 

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