TAPI’s high standards of quality and industry-leading compliance are designed to ensure our products meet stringent requirements worldwide.
TAPI: Your Global Regulatory Partner
TAPI’s Regulatory Affairs (RA) team is highly professional and has many years of experience with submissions in all regulatory markets. The Regulatory Affairs group stays up-to-date on global as well as local regulatory requirements. TAPI DMFs are submitted worldwide including in the US, Europe, Japan, China, Canada, Korea, Brazil and Russia.
As regulation increases all over the world, it requires higher standards and understanding, the global regulatory team is able to support our customers and implement new requirements across TAPI.
Our goal is to provide you with the best service possible so you receive approval on time. Our high-quality DMFs meet regional requirements and are tailored for specific market submissions. In case DMF deficiency letter is issued by the competent authority, it is handled by the relevant TAPI RA expert who specializes in that specific API; a ready-to-use database is available to Regulatory Affairs team for immediate answers to common questions. TAPI Regulatory Affairs is fully committed to supporting you with timely and quality responses.
We always look for ways to improve our DMFs and streamline the product application process to benefit you. Our Regulatory Affairs team’s expertise in regulatory requirements is an advantage, and a reason why the industry’s top global pharma companies trust TAPI.
The Application Process
In main regulatory markets, the standard format for a drug product application is based on the Common Technical Document (CTD), where API information is included in module 3, section 2 entitled "Drug Substance". A Drug Master File (DMF) or Active Substance Master File (ASMF) can be submitted instead in most markets. DMF or ASMF content is equivalent to CTD Module 3 for drug substance.
The holder of a drug or active substance master file submits a DMF or ASMF in support of a drug product application. A DMF includes CMC information (Chemistry, Manufacturing and Controls) about the API, e.g., the detailed manufacturing process, starting material controls, manufacturing in process controls, characterization of the API, packaging, and stability data.
The DMF/ASMF procedure enables an active substance manufacturer to prepare and submit a dossier detailing the quality aspects of the substance. The pharmaceutical manufacturer refers to this master file when submitting a drug product application. The system allows confidential information on the active substance to be retained by the active substance manufacturer, as it is submitted directly to the authorities. At the same time, the applicant or marketing authorization holder can take full responsibility for the quality of the medicinal product.
Applying in Europe
When planning to market a medicinal product in more than one member state, you must obtain a marketing authorization either under the Centralized Procedure (CP), the Mutual Recognition Procedure (MRP), or the Decentralized Procedure (DCP). Under the CP, a single Community marketing authorization is issued; under the MRP or DCP, the terms of authorization are agreed upon by the competent national authorities that issue national authorizations. TAPI currently holds more than 300 EU DMFs to support our customers.
For active substances included in the European Pharmacopoeia, a Certificate of Suitability (CEP), if granted, can be submitted instead of DMF/ASMF. In this case the DMF is not reviewed again and the approval process is streamlined. TAPI holds and maintains 165 active CEPs that can support any new application.
Applying in the United States
When planning to market a medicinal product in the US, you must submit an Investigational New Drug (IND) application or a New Drug Application (NDA) / Abbreviated New Drug Application (ANDA) to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The DMF holder submits the DMF to the FDA which is referenced by the applicant. For generic applications, under the generic Drug User Fee Amendments of 2012 (GDUFA), DMFs available for reference are listed on the public FDA website. TAPI currently holds more than 300 US DMFs.