International – EMA, Health Canada to Tighten Alliance Around Mutual GMP Inspections

Though the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and Canada have had a mutual recognition agreement (MRA) in operation since February 2003, both sides announced Monday that they may further strengthen their ties.

On Friday, the European Commission’s DG Sante, EMA and Health Canada held the first Joint Sectoral Group (JSG) on Pharmaceuticals, which is a specialized committee established under the Committee on Trade in Goods of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) protocol.

The JSG “confirmed the possibility of mutual recognition of GMP inspections and batch certification between EU and Canada for medicinal products for human use and veterinary medicines,” according to a note from the EC…