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Back to Basics – The Risk Management Plan (RMP)

The Risk Management Plan (RMP) documents the risk management system considered necessary to identify, characterise and minimise a medicinal product’s important risks.

The RMP should be updated throughout the life cycle of the product, for example;

  • if there is a change in the list of the safety concerns
  • when there is a significant change in the existing additional pharmacovigilance activities
  • if an emerging safety issue is confirmed.

The RMP should be assigned a new RMP version number and a date each time it is updated and submitted for assessment.

An updated RMP can be submitted as a standalone [currently C.I.11] variation, when necessary, but it is most often submitted as a consequence of or part of another variation.

The format and content of the RMP should follow the RMP template; Guidance on the format of the risk management plan (RMP) in the EU – in integrated format which consists of seven parts.

For a generic medicinal product, hybrid products and/or fixed combination products with no new active substance the safety concerns should be aligned to those of the originator product that are available;

  • either from the originator’s approved RMP
  • or from the list of safety concerns of the substance published on the CMDh website.

RMPs are approved per each medicinal product, not per MAH, therefore only one RMP should be submitted for an MRP or DCP with different MAHs. The RMP must remain identical in RMS/all CMS throughout the product life cycle.

The RMP should be provided in eCTD section 1.8.2. To facilitate the assessment a ‘tracked changes’ version of the RMP, in Microsoft word, should also be provided in the ‘working-documents’ folder outside eCTD.

The QPPV’s actual signature or the evidence that the RMP was reviewed and approved by the QPPV should be included in the finalised approved version of the document; for eCTD submissions this would be the RMP submitted with the last eCTD sequence of the procedure (usually the closing sequence).

UK RMP: The MHRA states you can either submit a GB/UK RMP or use the approved EU RMP with the GB/UK specific annex attached. Further information of UK RMP can be found on the MHRA website and their Guidance note on good pharmacovigilance practices.

Feel free to contact us here at ERA to assist you with all things regulatory in Ireland, UK and across the EU.

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Written by

Fiona Downey

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Brexit… it’s getting closer…

Ivowen have provided some practical guidance and documents below, which may help you prepare for Brexit for products authorised by the DCP and MRP procedures.

Take our Brexit quiz to see if you are ready.

Do you still need to change your MAH(s) in any of the EU Member States because of Brexit?

If so, refer to the following updated guidance issued in January 2019 which details the documentation and requirements to submit a Marketing Authorisation Holder transfer:

CMDh guidance on Brexit, Jan 2019

If you need any clarification or support to complete a Marketing Authorisation Holder transfer, Ivowen will gladly assist you in a timely manner.  Contact us for more information or to make an enquiry.


Is the UK your current RMS?

If so, you need to initiate an RMS switch as soon as possible. The guidance issued in July 2018 along with the template issued in June 2018 is required to complete this process. This template needs to be completed and sent to a specific e-mail address at the proposed new RMS. The list of contacts points to send the completed template is provided below:


CMDh guidance on changing RMS

Template for RMS change

List of RMS contacts can be found in the excel spread sheet in the link Contact Points, which can be found here:

MS contact points

If you need any clarification or support a RMS switch, Ivowen will gladly assist you in a timely manner.  Contact us for more information or to make an enquiry.



Do you need to change your UK batch release site, etc., if it currently within the UK?

If so, you can refer to the updated guidance document issued in December 2018, which provides information on the type of variation that is required to change functions such as batch release site(s), QC testing site(s), packaging site(s), deletion of site(s) for batch release and changes to the QP for Pharmacovigilance (QPPV) and PSMF where these functions still reside within the UK:

CMDh practical guidance for Brexit & DCP/MRP

If you need any clarification or support to complete variations to support changes needed as a result of Brexit, Ivowen will gladly assist you in a timely manner.  Contact us for more information or to make an enquiry.


Do you supply product to Cyprus?

If so, the Cypriot Competent Authority has issued a newsletter to Stakeholders on the 14 January 2019 which lists 105 products authorised via an exceptional marketing authorisation affected by Brexit which are considered critical. The Drugs Council in Cyprus recommends that pharmaceutical companies register these products via an exceptional marketing authorisation using another reference state other that the UK.

If you need any clarification or support to complete an Exceptional Marketing Authorisation to avoid no supply of these critical products on the Cypriot market, Ivowen will gladly assist you in a timely manner.  Contact us for more information or to make an enquiry.


 Written by Marian Winder