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EMA to Cease Printing and Dispatching of CPPs During Relocation to Permanent Building

Posted 23 October 2019 | By Zachary Brennan 

EMA to Cease Printing and Dispatching of CPPs During Relocation to Permanent Building

As the European Medicines Agency (EMA) relocates within Amsterdam, the agency said on Tuesday that it will temporarily cease its printing and dispatching of Certificates of Pharmaceutical Products (CPPs) from 13 December until 18 January 2020.

CPPs confirm the marketing authorization status of products authorized through the centralized procedure and they confirm compliance with good manufacturing practices.

The temporary halt is occurring because of the agency’s relocation to its new permanent building in Amsterdam. EMA staff moved into a temporary Amsterdam building last March and the permanent building is expected to be handed over to EMA on 15 November, but staff relocation to the permanent building will not be finalized until 20 January, according to an updated timeline from the agency.

As a result of the temporary suspension of printing and dispatch of certificates, EMA said the timelines have been revised to allow for urgent requests to be submitted to EMA by close of business 9 December in order to be processed and dispatched by close of business 13 December.

“The Urgent request procedure will be suspended from 10th December 2019 until 18th January 2020. No requests for urgent procedure received from 10th December 2019 will be processed during this period. The Urgent request procedure will resume on 18th January 2020,” EMA said.

Standard requests, meanwhile, can be submitted to EMA by close of business 8 November in order to be processed and dispatched by close of business 13 December. Standard requests can be submitted after 8 November “but dispatch may be after 18th January 2020,” EMA added.

The agency also said that these dates are subject to change and depending on demand for certificates “which is expected to rise,” the update said.

Notification on arrangements for requesting and receiving EMA certificates through urgent and standard procedure from November 2019 to January 2020

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