1 Development and implementation of Guidance Documents – the role of the European Commission Karin Nienstedt - DG SANTE / E3ECCA-ECPA Conference, March 2015, Brussels
2 Outline - why guidance documents (GDs)? - what kinds of guidance documents- process (how?)- update on on-going work (COM-GDs)
3 Why guidance documents? - GDs are not legally binding, but…- GDs are important because they …organise our work and…harmonise our approaches, therefore ……avoid discussions on particular issues coming up again and again (efficiency!)…give clarity and predictability to all involved parties (risk assessors, risk managers, notifiers, stakeholders, …)
4 How to draft and agree a GD? Complex situationsRessources needed (e.g. time)Many players: MS + EFSA + stakeholders
5 GDs are published / referred to in… - Commission Communications 2013/C 95/01 and 2013/C 95/02 - (linked to Regulations (EU) No 283/2013 and 284/2013 on data requirements for AS and PPPs)- Commission GDs on SANTE's website:
6 Different kinds of GD procedural guidance technical guidance (… on risk assessment)… on interpretation of legislation (decision making at risk manager level) or requested by legislation … but also some "mixed" GD…
7 1 - Procedural GDs - aim to agree on a way of working (process) - examples:GDs on confirmatory information,… on comparative assessment,… on draft registration report (mutual recognition / Zonal authorisation)… on parallel trade…(meanwhile more than 25 GDs)
8 1 - Procedural GDs Proposal COM or MS Consultation of stakeholders Discussion at PAFF (MS, EFSA)Taking note at PAFFrevision
9 2 - Technical guidance documents - mainly on risk assessment or related technical issues- aim to give clarity on how to do RA in a given regulatory context- different pre / post 2002 process (creation of EFSA)- recent examples:Bee GDAquatic GDExposure GD…
10 2 - Technical GDs (EFSA involvement) Mandate to EFSA(selftask or COM)Endorsement by PSNEFSA Scientific Opinion (PPR / SC)RM consultation (e.g. prot. goals)EFSA Guidance documentPAFF discussionPAFF taking noterevision
11 2 - Technical GDs (EFSA involvement) Mandate to EFSA(selftask or COM)Endorsement by PSNEFSA Scientific Opinion (PPR / SC)RM consultation (e.g. prot. goals)EFSA Guidance documentPAFF discussionPAFF taking noterevisionImpact?stakeholdersImplementation date?Impact?stakeholders… still finding the optimal way…
12 3 - GD on interpretation of / requested by Legislation - process chaired by COM- recent examples:strategic GD on monitoring (Art. 7.3 Directive 2009/128/EC)Interpretation of "negligible exposure" (Annex II Regulation 1107/2009)Seed Treatments
13 3 - GD on interpretation of / requested by Legislation (new procedures (!)) MS experts (WG + PAFF)Stakeholder consultationInter Service Consultation (COM)GD adopted by COM (College)Draft Guidance Document?
14 Interpretation of / requested by Legislation – on-going work strategic GD on monitoring (Art. 7.3 Directive 2009/128/EC)Draft GD discussed with MS and within COMStakeholder consultation soonInterpretation of "negligible exposure" (Annex II Regulation 1107/2009)Advanced draft developed at MS WG – difficult discussions because of different MS-positionsNext steps: Stakeholder consultation + ISC
15 Conclusions- Guidance documents are efficient non-legislative tools which increase harmonisation.- Discussions are sometime not easy – but just the fact of having a discussion is helping to agree on a GD between the parties- drafting / agreeing on GD need resources from all parties
16 Thanks to all parties for the useful discussions so far and the commitment shown to agree on Guidance Documents!