Important for clinical trials sponsors: mandatory use of E-Submission Food Chain platform for clinical trials with genetically modified medicinal products

date: 16/01/2023

Since 1 October 2022, all Summary Notification Information Format documents submitted with applications for clinical trials with medicinal products, entirely or partly composed of genetically modified organisms covered by Directive 2001/18/EC for deliberate release, must be submitted through the E-Submission Food Chain platform.

The European Commission developed the E-Submission Food Chain (ESFC) platform to publish Summary Notification Information Format (SNIF) documents for activities covered by Directive 2001/18/EC (part B) for the deliberate release of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) into the environment. The platform will thus allow sponsors to submit and follow-up their SNIF documents online.

From 1 October 2022, sponsors will be required to submit SNIF documents for new clinical trial applications through the ESFC platform.

Submitting clinical trials according to Directive 2001/20/EC (until 30 January 2023)
The entire initial application for clinical trials according to Directive 2001/20/EC can still be submitted via the Common European Submission Portal (CESP) until 30 January 2023, to the Research and Development Division of the Federal Agency for Medicines and Health Products (FAMHP), as indicated in our guidance document. This clinical trial application should also include the biosafety dossier and the SNIF document. More information on GMO aspects is available in the GMO guidelines.

Submitting clinical trials according to European Regulation 536/2014
An application for a clinical trial according to Regulation 536/2014 must be submitted via the Clinical Trials Information System (CTIS). Important note: the biosafety dossier cannot be submitted via CTIS and must therefore be submitted in parallel via CESP to the FAMHP Research and Development Division. Please clearly indicate the link between the two dossiers in the cover letters.

For both clinical trials according to Directive 2001/20/EC and European Regulation 536/2014, sponsors will be asked to submit the SNIF document separately through the ESFC platform when the biosafety dossier is considered complete after validation and a biosafety T0 has been provided.

More information

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Last updated on 19/01/2023