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EMA: Concept paper on the revision of the guideline on similar biological medicinal products containing biotechnology-derived proteins as active substance: non-clinical and clinical issues

04.10.2011
The Guideline on similar biological medicinal products containing biotechnology-derived proteins as active substance: non-clinical and clinical issues (EMEA/CHMP/BMWP/42832/2005) lays down the nonclinical and clinical requirements for a biological medicinal product claiming to be similar to another one already marketed. This guideline came into effect in June 2006. Since then several biosimilar products have come into the EU market, the number of scientific advices given by the CHMP on the development of biosimilar products has increased significantly and the regulatory framework is becoming wider, e.g. the draft guideline of the biosimilar monoclonal antibodies is being finalised.