Medicines regulation is the basis for ensuring that only medicines of a high quality are marketed. In Europe, the European Commission proposes high-level legislation in the form of regulations and directives. The European Medicines Agency (EMA) coordinates the development of new and revised EU scientific guidelines in working groups/parties.
A medicine can be marketed in the European Union (EU) until the company has obtained a Marketing Authorisation (MA) for that medicine from the relevant regulatory authority. MAs are granted for medicines that are proved to be safe, effective and of high quality.