10 February 2014

Geneva, February 10, 2014 – The International Conference on Harmonisation of Technical Requirements for Registration of Pharmaceuticals for Human Use (ICH) is considering a Call for Tender in 2014 for the contract for the MedDRA Maintenance and Support Services Organization (MSSO).

In 1999, ICH released MedDRA, the Medical Dictionary for Regulatory Activities Terminology, as its standardised medical terminology. Since then, the maintenance and support of MedDRA has been contracted to a MSSO. ICH’s decision to now consider a Call for Tender represents interest to conform with good business practices and does not reflect on the performance of the current contractor.

In order to acquire feedback on interest and approach, and to use the feedback to inform next steps, ICH is first conducting a Call for Expression of Interest. Full details, including instructions on the format and content of expressions of interest, can be found on the ICH website www.ich.org/eoi. Interested parties are invited to submit their expressions of interest by March 12, 2014.

Responses written in English should be sent by both email and courier to the following coordinates and marked for the attention of the ICH Call for Tender Working Group:

ICH Secretariat
Chemin Louis-Dunant 15
P.O Box 195
1211 Geneva 20


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