Standards for E-Signatures
A coalition of drug companies, government agencies, and industry groups is working toward an electronic signature standard.A coalition of drug companies, government agencies, and industry groups is working toward an electronic signature standard. The most recently completed version includes technical specifications, policies, and a legal infrastructure. A pilot version will be released soon in Europe. Drug companies use electronic signatures when submitting documents to government regulators and to business partners. A single standard is expected to lower costs, increase interoperability, and eliminate some proprietary standards. The initiative for a single standard is called Secure Access for Everyone, or SAFE. Participants include major pharmaceutical companies, European and U.S. regulatory agencies, and industry groups.
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