Mastering eCTD Submissions: Best Practices for Streamlined Regulatory Approval

Hello, esteemed Regulatory professionals! As a member of the life science industry, you are likely to be familiar with the electronic Common Technical Document (eCTD) submission format that is revolutionizing the Life Sciences Regulatory industry. Its standardized structure is a true game-changer. With this blog, we aim to provide valuable insights into the best practices for eCTD submissions. So, let's get ready to become eCTD submission experts together!

Getting Ready for Adoption of eCTD 4.0

Since 2003, eCTD has been accepted by several Health Authorities around the world. Its standard has evolved incrementally over time. Based on the Health Level Seven (HL7) standard called RPS (Regulated Product Submission), eCTD 4.0 brings in major changes and introduces certain substantial updates. The updates focus on addressing a few key constraints that both Agencies and sponsors have discovered over the last two (02) decades.

Regulatory submission software - key considerations to choose

As many of the Health Authorities transitioned from paper documentation format to the eCTD format, it is time for organizations to define key measures to submit documents in the electronic format to remain compliant. 

The eCTD publishing and submission is a cumbersome process that requires the cooperation of multiple individuals from various departments within the organization. Also, it is paramount that Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and clear expectations are established to streamline the process, which requires ample time and proper planning.

Global Regulatory submission and Ideal eCTD software

On-time Regulatory submission is the key to achieve quick time-to-market. But, with a lack of planning, the industry could face a lot of complications which may result in rejected submissions, delayed market-entry, increased costs due to extended timelines. Hence, it is necessary to develop a concrete submission plan and identify where technology can help improve Regulatory submissions. 

4 key factors to select a submission software

Drug development is an extensive and multifaceted process. In each phase of the development, manufacturers are obliged to demonstrate the safety and efficacy of their drugs in the form of Regulatory submissions. These submissions are intended to report how drug companies manufacture their drugs, design clinical trials, report safety findings, and create promotional material. The entire process involves near-constant correspondence between Regulatory affairs departments and the global Health Authorities (HAs).