21 Mar Romania: is there a requirement for local pharmacovigilance contact person?
With the amendments in the EU pharmacovigilance framework the Member States have the option to request the nomination of a contact person for pharmacovigilance issues at national level reporting to the EU QPPV, European qualified person responsible for pharmacovigilance activities (article 104, paragraph 4 of Directive 2001/83/EC as amended by Directive 2010/84/EU). Some Member States (e.g. Latvia, Portugal, Cyprus, Belgium, Bulgaria and Spain) have a requirement for a local contact person to be formally nominated for pharmacovigilance issues at national level.
In June 2012 Romania implemented the provisions of Directive 2010/84/EU. The applicable regulatory document provides that the National Competent Authority (ANMDM) may request the nomination of a contact person for pharmacovigilance issues at national level who reports to the EU QPPV. From this perspective it is recommendable for the MAHs to appoint a local contact person for pharmacovigilance issues although it is not related to an administratively predefined deadline as it was done in other member states. Legal ground: Law 95 /2006 art. 830 paragraph 5.
The appointment of a local pharmacovigilance contact person may also be considered in the context of the effective performance in line with GVP: e.g. conducting local literature screening, following-up cases, distribution of DHPCs, etc.
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