The European Medicines Agency (EMA) will organise a second public meeting on 8 January 2021 to inform European citizens about the assessment, approval and roll-out of new COVID-19 vaccines.
Coronavirus: European Commission gives conditional market authorisation for vaccine against COVID-19
The European Commission granted a conditional marketing authorisation for Comirnaty, the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine. The Commission is following the positive opinion of the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) of the European Medicines Agency (EMA).
The European Medicines Agency (EMA) issued a positive opinion for Comirnaty, the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, making it the first COVID-19 vaccine that could be authorised for marketing in the European Union. This opinion still has to be confirmed by the European Commission. Belgium purchased the vaccine and will use it immediately in its vaccination campaign.
Update on the guidance document to assist clinical trials sponsors as part of the pilot project of the FAMHP
Based on the evolution of the pilot project for the new Clinical Trial Regulation, the FAMHP made an update on the guidance document to assist clinical trials sponsors as part of the pilot project for clinical trials.
The FPS Public Health and the FAMHP would like to invite you to take part in the public consultation on a clinical trial testing the genetically modified drug Nous-PEV (formed by the experimental drugs GAd-PEV and MVA-PEV) for the treatment of certain lung and skin cancers. The public consultation will run from 10 November 2020 to 10 December 2020.
Influenza vaccine: People aged 50 years and over can get the vaccine in pharmacies without prescription
Because of COVID-19, it is even more important to vaccinate at-risk groups, including older people, as widely as possible against seasonal flu. All people aged 50 years and older can get the flu vaccine in pharmacies without a prescription issued by the doctor (general practitioner).
EMA’s human medicines committee (CHMP), in which the FAMHP takes part, has started the first ‘rolling reviews’ of COVID-19 vaccines. The review concerns the vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford and the vaccine developed by BioNTech and Pfizer.
In April 2020, the Belgian Federal Agency for Medicines and Health Products (FAMHP) and Sciensano set up an extraordinary validation procedure for serological tests for SARS-CoV-2. The procedure turned out to be effective during the initial phase of the pandemic. The situation being experienced by the manufacturers and distributors of these tests and by the clinical laboratories carrying out the tests has now returned to normal. This is why a staged return to the conventional way of working is now being implemented.
Coronavirus - Derogation for COVID-19 clinical trials of medicinal products containing or consisting of genetically modified organisms
In the context of the COVID-19 crisis, the European Union adopted a regulation providing for a temporary derogation from European legislation on genetically modified organisms.
The FAMHP is keeping a close eye on the situation on the ground. Consequently, the Alternative Test Protocol (ATP) is being adapted. From now on, it will no longer be possible to sell surgical masks which do not comply with the ATP as comfort masks. One of the parameters has also been refined based on an evaluation of the new test results. Furthermore, masks that have been subject to the ATP must carry a warning on the packaging. The third version of the ATP is applicable from 04.06.2020.