Thailand Drug regulatory Update, Take a peep


[PDF]Regulatory Requirement for the Approval of generic Drug in Thailand …

Apr 13, 2014 – Thailand has its own drug registration format and also follows. ASEAN CTD. … Transparency in the regulatory authorities of member countries.


The Thai FDA (TFDA), one of several agencies under the Ministry of Public Health (MPH), is the regulatory body administering drugs in Thailand. The Drug Control Division of the TFDA is responsible for registration, licensing, surveillance, inspection and adverse event monitoring for all pharmaceuticals and pharmaceutical companies in Thailand. Foreign pharma companies dominate the Thai drug market. Due in part to trade negotiations, regional harmonization and positive economic trends, the pharmaceutical market in Thailand is predicted to double by 2022.There are several versions of the Drug Act currently in effect, and the Thai government is working on a revised version with updated regulations. Under the current laws, pharmaceuticals are categorized as either traditional or modern medicines, with different applications and oversight. Modern medicines are subdivided into three categories, each of which has separate registration requirements. Licenses currently do not require renewal.


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Thai FDA intends to accept dossier in eCTD format: The Drug Regulatory Authority of Thailand (Thai FDA) has initiated the acceptance of Pilot eCTD from October 2014.Read More

eCTD requirements



Step to be followed to submit eCTD application

Taken from

Regulatory Scientist at Kinapse

A) Prepare Application to get a eSubmission Identifier for every application issued. A request to the THAI FDA online service should be submitted to obtain an eSubmission identifier which will require following details.

  • Licensee Number
  • Description of Application
  • Dosage Form
  • INN or Generic Name
  • Strength
  • WHO ATC Code
  • Sequence Type
  • Application form
  • CPP (In case of Importer)

The eSubmission Identifier will be issued within 10 days of application. The Applicant must then make an appointment for submission within 30 days.

B) Prepare valid application along with validation reports as per country (Thailand) specific requirement with regional eSubmission Identifier provided.

The M1 requirements to be kept in consideration while compiling the Submission.

  • Enhanced granularity for each sections
  • Country code is not required in filenames
  • Information relating to orphan market is not mandatory
  • For LCM (Life cycle management) submissions the Operation attribute should be “Replace” in Tracking Table
  • Validation report should be submitted along with the sequence
  • 1.3.1 Product Information has been broken down into three specific sections for Labelling, SPC and the Package leaflet. No other product types are expected. If one file is submitted for this section, it should be submitted under Labelling.
  • Package Leaflet has been broken down into language sections for English, Thai and Other languages.
  • It is recommended that separate files should be submitted for each language.
  • Applicants can re-use the content submitted in other regions (including STF).
  • The identifier is a combination of a letter and seven digits.
  • Working documents are not needed and do not need to be provided within the eCTD framework for Thailand
  • Section 1.5.2 “Information for Generic, ‘Hybrid’ or Bio-similar Applications” has been broken down into three sections and given a section number to make expectations and cross referencing clearer.
  • Only one file should be provided for 1.6 Environmental Risk Assessment. It is not allowed to provide content in both 1.6.1 and 1.6.2.
  • During lifecycle, 1.8.2 Risk management plan should always use the lifecycle operator replace.

C) Dispatch Activity Delivery of the application at Thai FDA in CD/DVD (make an prior appointment with HA at

Thai FDA has proposed a set of media formats to be used while submission of eCTD

  • (CD-R) i.e. Compact Disc-Recordable
  • Digital Versatile Disc-Random Access Memory (DVD-RAM)
  • Digital Versatile Disc-Recordable (DVD+R/-R) recorded

Future Aspect-Import: The eCTD will be validated and imported into the THAI FDA Review System

Feedback: Application feedback (if there are problems experienced during the upload) and review of application by Thai FDA

Ensure that you do not use. 1. Double-sided discs 2. Re-writable disc (protection, authenticity and Stability of information cannot

Ensure that you do not use:

  • Double-sided discs,
  • Re-writable discs (protection, authenticity, and stability of information cannot be guaranteed)
  • Compressed or zipped files (except for validation reports)

ICH M8 “Specification for Submission Formats for eCTD”

This additional specification describes the way files should be constructed for inclusion in the eCTD.

Key Points:

  • It is not necessary to use a product from Adobe or from any specific company to produce PDF documents.
  • All ICH regional regulatory authorities are able to read and accept PDF files saved as PDF version 1.4 through 1.7, PDF/A-1, or PDF/A-2 compliant to ISO 32000-1:2008.
  • The size of a PDF file should not exceed 500MB.

  • Regulatory authorities cannot guarantee the availability of any fonts except Times New Roman, Arial, and Courier and fonts supported in the Acrobat product set itself. Therefore, all additional fonts used in the PDF files should be embedded to ensure that those fonts would always be available to the reviewer.
  • Times New Roman, 12-point font, is adequate in size for narrative text and should be used whenever possible. Times New Roman font sizes 9-10 or an equivalent size of other recommended fonts are considered acceptable in tables but smaller font sizes should be avoided.
  • The use of a black font color is recommended. Blue can be used for hypertext links. Light colors can be difficult to read on a monitor as well as when printed, and should be avoided. The use of background shadowing can be difficult to read and should be avoided.
  • Pages should be properly oriented so that all portrait pages are presented in portrait and all landscape pages are presented in landscape.
  • A sufficient margin of at least 2.0 cm on the left side of each page for portrait and top of the page for landscape should be provided to avoid obscuring information. The remaining margins should be a Page 6 of 9minimum of 0.8 cm. Header and footer information can appear within these margins but should not appear so close to the page edge to risk being lost upon printing.
  • All pages of a document should include a unique header or footer that briefly identifies its subject matter.
  • Scanning should be avoided where possible.
  • It is recommended that scanning be undertaken at a resolution of 300 dots per inch (dpi) to balance legibility and file size. The use of grayscale or color is discouraged because of file size. After scanning, resampling to a lower resolution should be avoided.
  • Paper documents containing hand-written notes should be scanned at a resolution of at least 300 dpi. Hand-written notes should be done in black ink for clarity, 600 dpi is recommended. High-pressure liquid chromatography or similar images should be scanned at a resolution of at least 300 dpi.

  • Applicants should validate the quality of the renditions.
  • Hypertext links can be designated by rectangles using thin lines or by blue text as appropriate. Bookmarks are expected even if there is no TOC In the document. The use of no more than 4 levels in the hierarchy is recommended, but additional levels could be created for study reports if such bookmarks contribute to efficient navigation.
  • Relative paths should be used when creating hypertext links to minimize the loss of hyperlink functionality when folders are moved between disk drives.

  • The bookmarks should be collapsed when document is opened so that all bookmarks are at the first level.
  • The first page of the document should be numbered page 1, and all subsequent pages (including appendices and attachments) should be numbered consecutively with Arabic numerals. Roman numerals should not be used to number page. The only exception should be where a document is split because of its size, the second or subsequent file should be numbered consecutively to that of the first or preceding file.
  • Security fields should be set to allow printing, changes to the document, selecting text and graphics, and adding or changing notes and form fields. The exception to this rule includes regulatory forms with pre-existing security and literature references that need to be copyright protected.


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New information about CEPs and inspections published by EDQM….see about Telangana, India

The European Directorate for the Quality of Medicines & Healthcare (EDQM) has published new information about the CEP procedure and its related inspections. Please read more about he latest updates from EDQM.,S-WKS_n.html

The European Directorate for the Quality of Medicines & Healthcare (EDQM) has published new information about the CEP procedure and its related inspections.

1) Costs of inspections

The EDQM has published a new document which describes the inspection costs. The EDQM document PA/PH/CEP (12) 28 1R refers to a table of fees and inspection costs. The costs for the inspection as well as for the travel will be invoiced prior to the inspection. For a three day inspection, for example, the fee is 5000,- Euro. If the facility is located in Asia a flat rate of 6000,- Euro will be charged to cover the travel costs, food and accommodation for the inspector. The travel costs are less when the facility is located in Europe (800,- Euro) and elsewhere (4500,- Euro). The CEP inspection fee table can be found here.

2) New Indian State has impact on CEP holders

The Indian government created a new state on 2nd June 2014 which is called Telangana. The EDQM reminds holders of CEPs and applicants for CEPs that it is their responsibility to update their CEP applications. Many of the addresses mentioned on CEPs and in CEP applications which are currently listed as being in Andhra Pradesh are now in this new state of Telangana. The new address details, as well as an updated section 3.2.S.2.1 should be submitted to EDQM. This should be done until 31 August 2015.

    1. Map of telangana

FDA Implementation of eCTD Module 1 Update Scheduled for Q4 2014

The biggest change in the history of eCTD is one step closer to implementation.

According to a notice posted this week on its website, the US FDA will be able to receive submissions using the new Module 1 specifications in the 4th Quarter of 2014. Industry will be given 30 days’ advance notice.

The long-awaited update to the eCTD’s administrative section is designed to:

  • Reflect regulatory changes
  • Provide clarification of business rules for submission processing and review
  • Refine the characterization of promotional marketing materials and advertising material
  • Facilitate automated processing of submissions

In conjunction with the announcement of a revised timeline for Module 1, the FDA published final versions of relevant support documents and specifications.

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