The US Regulatory Environment

Understand how to best develop and gain approval for a new drug or biologic in the USA

8. Jun 2022

3 days course


21,200 DKK ex VAT
(app. 2,850 EUR ex VAT)

Module 3


This module will provide you with a general understanding of how to best develop and gain approval for a new drug or biologic in the USA with emphasis on the requirements for development and maintenance of new drugs.

During drug development, sponsors must interact with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on a regular basis in order to agree on the best programme of studies, which will thereby provide the required data. Sponsors must also demonstrate that the drug meets the quality standards required for approval. There are various programmes available that can be used to speed up drug development and regulatory approval if requested by sponsors and agreed to by the agency.

We will focus on how you should interact with the various centers at the FDA, including the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) and the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER), from early non-clinical and clinical research to post-approval obligations. We will also compare and contrast these to the EU and ICH guidelines and requirements.


"I think the course managed to cover a vast amount of information, and I can actively use it all in my day-to-day work."

Katrine Schultz-Knudsen, Graduate, Regulatory Dossier Management, H. Lundbeck A/S


  • Regulatory affairs in the USA
  • The Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
  • Fast track development
  • Accelerated approvals
  • Orphan drugs
  • Labeling and advertising regulation
  • Life cycle management
  • Regional differences between the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and the FDA

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As this module is a mandatory module in the Master of Medicines Regulatory Affairs at the University of Copenhagen you will apply via the joint Atrium and University of Copenhagen application form. This means that you will be enrolled at both Atrium and the University of Copenhagen and that your data will be registered at both institutions. If you are not enrolled as a master student, you will be registered as a single course student at the University of Copenhagen.

Course fee includes examination. By default you will pay the full amount to the University of Copenhagen regardless of you taking the exam or not. If you decide not to take the exam, you can apply for a refund of the exam fee at Atrium by contacting Atrium - please see contact details below. You must apply for a refund no later than two weeks after completion of the course.

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Whether you are new to the field or have several years of experience, this course is relevant if you are a Regulatory Affairs Professional who wants to improve your knowledge and skills.

What you will learn

  1. To understand the drug development process in the USA
  2. Detailed knowledge of US-specific documentation requirements and the procedures and practices of the FDA
  3. How to reach agreement with the FDA so that development plans provide acceptable study results
  4. How to analyze and evaluate development plans in terms of the use of best practices required by the FDA
  5. How to play an important role in any project team working on drug development in the USA

What your company will get

  1. A regulatory professional who can make recommendations on how to achieve project goals in the shortest possible development time
  2. A regulatory professional who is able to provide valuable input to all other team members working with drug development plans in the USA.
  3. An employee who can play an important strategic role in project teams working on obtaining a marketing authorization in the USA

Course calendar

Starting 8. Jun 2022
8. Jun 2022 9:00-16:00


  • Introduction
  • Organization of the food and drug administration and introduction
  • To legal basis of regulatory affairs in the US
  • Overview of various regulatory submissions
  • The investigational new drug application / quality section for the ind and nda (nces)
  • The investigational new application/ quality section for the ind and bla (biologics and biotechnology products)
  • The investigational new drug application / non-clinical data- Requirements for the ind and nda
  • The investigational new drug application / clinical requirements - Case story / group work day 1
9. Jun 2022 9:00-16:00


  • Communication with the fda during development
  • Expedited development pathways, accelerated approvals, orphan drugs Nda/bla – content, format and review process
  • Andas
  • Life cycle management: nda/bla
  • Case story / group work day 2
10. Jun 2022 9:00-16:00


  • web demo
  • Regional differences between ema and the fda
  • Current initiatives affecting fda
  • Case story / group work day 3
Practical information


Registration deadline
11. May 2022
Lersø Parkallé 101
2100 København Ø
8 - 10 Jun
Sometimes things change. This is the expected programme.

Course information


Prior to the course you will get access to mandatory and optional readings via your personal Atrium log-in.

Please familiarize yourself with the mandatory readings before starting the course.

The mandatory readings are also part of the examination syllabus.


To enroll in this course, you must have a relevant educational background at bachelor level and, as a minimum, two years of experience in regulatory affairs, or other equivalent qualifications. We consider all applications upon registration.

If you do not fulfill the requirements, you can still apply for the course if you have experience in the pharmaceutical/biological area that would allow you to benefit from the training and enable you to participate actively during the module. Up to 10% of the positions on our course are filled by applicants who have no or limited experience in regulatory affairs. We consider applicants on a case-by-case basis.


The exam is usually held 4-6 weeks after the course.

It is a digital exam in the University of Copenhagen’s digital exam system.

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