The EMA plans to reduce the administrative headache by ditching the paper and going digital as part of the major effort to transition to international and electronic standards in the European Union. For all applications using the centralized procedure, companies will be required to use electronic application forms beginning July 1st, 2015. The EMA states moving to the new application forms will remove the manual data extraction processes, provide higher data quality due to more structured state entry, and bring the industry toward a single application process among other benefits.

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