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The taskforce will be evaluating how data can be used to support pharmaceutical research, innovation, and development.
The European Medicines Agency (EMA) announced on March 23, 2017 that, along with heads of medicines agencies in the European Economic Area (EEA), it was establishing a taskforce to evaluate the use of big data to support pharmaceutical research, innovation, and development. The taskforce will be evaluating data from electronic health records, genomics, social media, clinical trials, and adverse reaction reports to assess the potential for these data to help in the determination of the risk and benefits of medicines over their lifecycle.
The taskforce will be chaired by the Danish Medicines Agency and EMA and include staff from regulatory agencies in the EEA. The group will be mapping sources and characteristics of data, explore applicability and impact of data on regulation, and develop recommendations for changes to legislation or guidelines. They will also collaborate with regulatory authorities outside the EEA to gain further insight.