7 November 2010

Special Session for non-ICH Members of ICH Global Cooperation Group Held at Board Meeting

Fukuoka, 7 November 2010 – The MedDRA Management Board met in Fukuoka, Japan on 6 – 7 November 2010.

The Board held a special session for non-ICH members (APEC, ASEAN, GCC, SADC, China, Chinese Taipei, Singapore and South Korea) of the ICH Global Cooperation Group (GCG). During this session, the invited members were informed about MedDRA from the perspective of Board members including regulatory authority representatives.

The Board supported extension of the Maintenance and Support Services Organization (MSSO) contract between IFPMA and Northrop Grumman Information Systems until end of 2016.

The MedDRA Management Board approved the 2011 MedDRA subscription rates for MSSO subscribers; these have not increased for the sixth year in a row. Regulatory authorities, academic institutions, and individual healthcare professionals will continue to receive MedDRA and associated training for no cost.

The Board noted that a Hungarian translation of MedDRA will be available to users in early 2011.

The Board was updated on the activities of the Observational Medical Outcomes Partnership (OMOP) in which MedDRA is one of the terminologies involved.

A representative of the ICH Advisory Panel for Standardised MedDRA Queries (SMQs) presented an update on the progress of SMQ development by the CIOMS SMQ Working Group. The Working Group has begun to wind down its development of new SMQs and looks forward to focusing on other topics to promote the utility of SMQs in support of pharmacovigilance activities.

The Japanese Management Board (JMB) reported on the activities of the Japanese Maintenance Organization, noting the sustained interest of Japanese MedDRA users on updates to the terminology and in MedDRA training.

The next scheduled meeting of the Board will be on 11 - 12 June 2011 in Cincinnati, USA.

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