Online Workshop on SMC: How to prepare and submit to SMC | 09-10 September 2024

Public & Paid

Making high quality, evidence-based submissions to SMC can mean the difference between successful or very limited access to NHS Scotland for medicines.

This workshop will be delivered by Dr Catriona McMahon, the Lead Industry Member for SMC, and is focused on the specific requirements of SMC. The content has been shaped by the many questions that companies have asked over the years regarding what to do and when. It is specifically designed for employees in pharmaceutical companies who are preparing SMC submissions and the consultancies that are supporting them.

‘How to prepare and submit to SMC’ has been developed for those who intend to submit to the SMC in 2024/2025. The goal of the workshop is to support companies as they prepare to make their best submission to SMC, and the focus will be on 'normal' SMC processes (including the Ultra-Orphan Pathway and Interim Acceptance and Rapid Submissions).  Whilst they remain relevant, the workshops will include information about the interim processes SMC has introduced to ensure throughput of activities during, and since, the COVID pandemic.

Via presentations and open Q&A, attendees will gain deep insight into what makes a good submission to SMC.  The programme will also include a guest from SMC, who will update you on recent SMC activities and take questions.

‘What makes a good submission to SMC?’ is an opportunity to hear:

  • How to prepare for submission to SMC
  • How to decide what sort of submission to make
  • What to expect during the submission process

Following the workshop, you will receive a copy of the slides presented and an FAQ document which includes all the questions (and answers) asked since the workshops commenced.

The online workshop will be in two morning sessions running over two days. Each session will be 3 hours in duration, including breaks.

You will need to attend both sessions to complete the workshop.

Session 1: Monday 09 September 2024, 09:30 - 12:30
Session 2: Tuesday 10 September 2024, 09:30 - 12:30

Please note: 
This is a fee paying event. 
To support an active Q&A throughout the workshop, a maximum of 16 people can register for this workshop, and places are limited to two per company on a first come first served basis.
Further information including fees can be found on the tabs across the top of the page.

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Session 1 - Focus on preparing for a submission (Themes: Accessing Medicines in Scotland and the Role of the SMC, Before Submission and Preparing to Submit).

Session 2 - Focus on the submission process itself (Themes: The Assessment, The Decision and Next Steps).

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Last modified: 03 July 2024

Last reviewed: 03 July 2024