Strategies for Obtaining and Maintaining Orphan Drug Designation

2 October 2024 | Short Online Course

Original price was: £495.00.Current price is: £396.00.

(4 customer reviews)

1-day live online training | Starts 9:30 AM UK Time

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Course Overview


Orphan drugs are vital for those people with rare diseases, and this is recognised by Regulators globally. By gaining orphan drug designation, pharmaceutical companies access various incentives to encourage therapeutic development. However, it is important the system is not misused and that you fully understand the regulatory requirements and roadmap.


This training course will provide you with a comprehensive understanding of the opportunities and challenges offered by orphan drug designation. Once completed, you will understand the regulations and whether they are applicable to your product. You will also have a good understanding of the application process and procedure to obtain orphan drug designation. You will examine strategic considerations to ensure the most efficient regulatory path for your product. Learn more about how we deliver live online training.

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Key Learning Objectives


  • Examine the orphan drug regulations in the EU, US and Japan
  • Gain a deep understanding of the regulations; what they cover and why
  • Discover if your drug can be considered an orphan drug under the current regulations
  • Review multiple considerations for orphan drug designation and the awards this brings
  • Examine the orphan drug designation process in the EU and US
  • Get first-hand insights on how to get the best from orphan drug regulations
  • Analyse the maintenance of an orphan drug designation in preparation for MAA/NDA

What is Included?


  • Direct access to an expert trainer
  • Interactive and engaging sessions
  • Access to the Educo Life Sciences Training Portal
  • Unlimited access to the recordings for 2 weeks after the session

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2 October 2024

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Course Information

Course Information

  • The course begins at the time stated at the top of the page
  • The course is broken up into modules outlined below
  • There will be breaks between modules
Session 1

2 October 2024  

180 mins | 9:30 AM UK

Orphan medicinal product legislation

  • Overview of the regulations in the EU, US and Japan
  • What the regulations cover and why, what they try to protect from (i.e. creation of false sub-populations of a non-orphan condition)
  • Awards for obtaining Orphan Drug Designation in EU and US
  • Considerations for Orphan Drug Designation
    • Developing orphan versus non-orphan indications
    • Paediatric conditions including the challenges and impacts in this area, trade-off of the incentives and the ongoing evaluation of the orphan regulation by the EC
Session 2

2 October 2024  

180 mins | 1:30 PM UK

Obtaining orphan drug designation

  • Orphan drug designation in the EU and US
    • Review the application
    • Examine the procedure
    • Similarities and differences with the US
  • Rare diseases: a global issue
    • Collaboration between Agencies
  • Strategic considerations on when to apply and to what Agencies


Orphan drug maintenance & development

  • Brief overview of maintenance of orphan drug designation
  • Key considerations for orphan drug development

Andrew Willis
Regulatory and Development consultant with 35 years of experience. Andrew’s management roles have seen him act as global Vice President of Regulatory Affairs and Medical Affairs, creating business and marketing strategies for complex pharmaceutical development projects. Andrew has gained therapeutic experience in areas covering CNS, oncology, urology and pain management.


Experienced with both EU and US applications (NDA, 505 B 2, ANDA, BLA, MAA) for NCEs, generics and line extensions, with particular knowledge of sterile and biotech products. Experience covers multiple applications, scientific advice meetings, Clinical Trial applications (IND and IMPD compilation and submission), orphan drug applications. Significant Experience with novel drug delivery systems has been utilized in all of the above type of applications.


Andrew continues to provide training for all major companies and also a number of EU Member states agencies in CMC, variations and advanced regulatory affairs. More recently for IO Biotech, Andrew was SVP of Quality, Regulatory and CMC sitting on core C-suite providing CTO support activities – overseeing all pharmaceutical development of drug substance and drug products for peptide molecules and ensuring appropriate quality systems are in place.


He currently delivers extensive training courses available in Quality By Design, Global Module 3 Requirements, global generic development and Optimizing the Life of Your Products. Specializing in Lifecycle management, creation of new line extensions and development strategies to maximize return on investment.

This course is designed for professionals who need to learn more about the orphan drug designation process and is relevant for large organisations all the way to start-ups. The course is very much applicable to those involved in the regulatory roadmap of their products and include:

  • Regulatory professionals (managers, executives)
  • Senior management
  • Project management
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We can customise this course to meet the requirements of your organisation, delivered as a classroom and/or online course.

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Strategies for Obtaining and Maintaining Orphan Drug Designation

2 October 2024 | Short Online Course

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