A TPP is a format for a summary of a drug development program described in terms of labeling concepts.

Target product profile (TPP) in the US

A TPP can be prepared by a sponsor and then shared with the appropriate FDA review staff to facilitate communication regarding a particular drug development program. Submission of a TPP is voluntary. Purpose of a TPP is to provide a format for discussions between a sponsor and the FDA that can be used throughout the drug development process, from pre-investigational new drug application (pre-IND) or investigational new drug application (IND) phases of drug development through post marketing programs to pursue new indications or other substantial changes in labeling.

Target product profile (TPP) in the EU

The Target product profile is referred to as the Quality Target Product Profile (QTPP) in the EU. The quality target product profile forms the basis of design for the development of the product. Considerations for the quality target product profile could include:

  • Intended use in clinical setting, route of administration, dosage form, delivery systems;
  • Dosage strength(s);
  • Container closure system
  • Therapeutic moiety release or delivery and attributes affecting pharmacokinetic characteristics (e.g., dissolution,aerodynamic performance) appropriate to the drug product dosage form being developed;

Drug product quality criteria (e.g., sterility, purity, stability and drug release) appropriate for the intended marketed product.

Latest Glossary Definitions

Case Report Form (CRF)

Data collected in the frame of a clinical trial must be recorded in order to ensure that the protocol is complied with and as a basis for the analysis of the study results.

Investigator's Brochure

Investigators need to be provided with information about the investigational medicinal product (IMP) data, in order to facilitate their understanding of the rationale for, and their compliance with, key features of a clinical trial protocol.

Post-Authorization Safety Study (PASS)

A Post-Authorization Safety Study (PASS) is a study performed after the marketing authorization and aiming principally to further evaluate the safety of the medicinal product or to measure the effectiveness of risk-management.

Post-Authorization Efficacy Study (PAES)

A Post-Authorization Efficacy Study (PAES) is a study performed after the marketing authorization and aiming principally to further evaluate the efficacy of the medicinal product.

Voluntary Harmonization Procedure (VHP)

When a sponsor wishes to carry out a clinical trial in two or more EU member states, they can choose to go through the Voluntary Harmonization Procedure (VHP) as an alternative to the classical separate Clinical Trial Application to each Competent Authority.

Patient Information Leaflet (PIL)

Patients invited to participate in a clinical trial (=subjects), and/or in specific circumstances their legally designated representative(s), shall be fully informed about the clinical trial in order to make an informed decision regarding their participation.

Clinical Trial Application (CTA)

The conduct of clinical trials is subject to prior authorization from health authorities, to ensure the protection of clinical trial subjects.

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