EMA celebrates 20th anniversary
By William Chin, PhD, Scientific Coordinator, EUCRAF
The European Medicines Agency (EMA) celebrated its 20th anniversary on the 26 January 2015. The Agency was founded in 1995, and since then it has recommended the authorisation of a total of 975 human medicines and 188 veterinary medicines. EMA has been sucessfull in ensuring efficacy and safety of medicines for humans and animals across Europe, and promoting research and innovation in medical science globally. Currently there are several thousand European scientific experts organized into 7 scientific committees and more than 30 working parties that enable EMA to provide scientific expertise for the regulation of medicines. EMA has published an timeline of its achievements on its website. Of significant interest in 2014, for the first time, patients were actively invovled in the discussion of the benefit-risk evaluation of a medicine within the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP). And as of this year 2015, EMA has been implementing its landmark policy on publishing the clinical data that will provide an enhanced level of transparency in the process of authorization and approval of medicines for patients, healthcare professionals, academia and industry.
1. EMA, 26 January 2015, 20th anniversary of EMA.