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Significant changes in Japanese pharmaceutical regulations and procedures are impacting the development of new drugs in Japan as well as global development programs. This tutorial will describe the major drivers of the regulatory system, including the Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Agency (PMDA) and Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare (MHLW), regulatory procedures during drug development (Consultations with PMDA and Clinical Trial Notifications), the integration of Japanese drug development with East Asian and global drug development, accelerated approval pathways (sakigake; regenerative medicine), orphan drug regulation and J-NDA review. Several development strategies available to address Japanese requirements for new drug approval, as well as selected post-approval requirements, will be discussed.

Who should attend?

This tutorial is designed for professionals involved in regulatory affairs, project management, and clinical development who are involved with global development projects involving Japan.

Learning objectives

  • Explain the major elements of the Japanese regulatory system;
  • Describe the regulatory procedures during development, registration, and post-approval;
  • Discuss specific attributes of the Japanese regulatory system and their impact on local and global development strategies.