Jargon buster

A guide to the most commonly used words and phrases in Consumer Health

ABPI – Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry
ACBS – Advisory Committee on Borderline Substances
ADR – Adverse Drug Reaction
AE – Adverse Event
AESGP – Association of the European Self-Medication Industry
APPG – All Party Parliamentary Group
ASMF – Active Substance Master file
ATC Code – Anatomical Therapeutic Chemical (ATC) Classification System
BGMA – British Generic Manufacturers Association
BROMI – Better Regulation of Medicines Initiative
CAP – Committee on Advertising Practice
CESP – Common European Submission Portal
CHM – Commission on Human Medicines
CHMP – Committee for Human Medicinal Products
CP – Centralised Procedure
CRN – Council for Responsible Nutrition
CTD – Common Technical Document
DCP – Decentralised Procedure
DEFRA – Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs
DoH/DH – Department of Health
EC – European Commission
EDQM – European Directorate for the Quality of Medicines (responsible for the European Pharmacopoeia and the European biological standardisation programme)
EFPIA – European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations
EFSA – European Food Safety Authority
EGA – European Generic Manufacturers Association (now renamed Medicines for Europe)
EMA – European Medicines Agency
FSA – Food Standards Agency
GDP – Good Distribution Practice
GMP – Good Manufacturing Practice
GSL – General Sale list
GVP – Good Pharmacovigilance Practice
HACCP – Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point, the risk management system used in food production
HFMA – Health Food Manufacturers’ Association
MA – Marketing Authorisation
MAH – Marketing Authorisation Holder
MDD – Medical Device Directive
MDR – Medical Device Regulation
MHRA – Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (UK Competent Authority)
MRP – mutual recognition procedure
NAP – Nationally Authorised Products
NCA – National Competent Authority
NHSE – NHS England
OTC Medicine – Over-the-counter medicines
P – Pharmacy Medicine
PAGB – Proprietary Association of Great Britain
PHE – Public Health England
PMCPA – Prescription Medicines Code of Practice Authority
POM – Prescription Only Medicine
PSUR – Periodic Safety Update Reports
PV – Pharmacovigilence
RD – Regulatory Delivery (previously BRDO; Better Regulatory Delivery Office)
RMP – Risk Management PlanNHCR – Nutrition and Health Claims Regulation
SACN – Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition
SmPC/SPC – Summary of Product Characteristics (part of marketing authorisation)
TSI – Trading Standards Institute
WSMI – World Self Medication Industry