EMA launches survey to evaluate the extent of side effect reporting

The EMA have launched a survey to understand the general public and healthcare professionals’ knowledge on reporting side effects.  The aim of the survey is to not only to determine the level of awareness, but also the attitude behind reporting (or not reporting) the side effects of medicines.

The survey focuses on medicines under additional monitoring and the black inverted triangle found on Patient Information Leaflets and Summary of Product Characteristics.  The questions probe whether the general public and healthcare professionals understand the significance of the triangle and the importance of reporting any side effects from these medicines.

The survey is open until Monday 9th October 2017; the results of which will come out in 2018. The questionnaire can be found in all the official European Union languages.

To read the EMA’s launch of the survey, please click here and complete the survey, click here.