Gartner Insights: IDMP & EMA Compliance 

September 5, 2023

Navigating the labyrinth of pharmaceutical industry regulations, such as the Identification of Medicinal Products (IDMP) and European Medicines Agency (EMA) directives, demands an informed and authoritative approach. The challenge lies in understanding and efficiently managing and governing data. This blog post will guide you through the six steps to navigate this complex terrain, arming you with valuable insights and strategies. 

A recent Gartner report: “Quick Answer: How Should Life Science CIOs Position Their Data for Success With IDMP?” offers additional insights that echo and expand on the points discussed here. By understanding these strategies, life science CIOs can leverage their data effectively for IDMP compliance.

Proactive Regulatory Changes Monitoring 

Keeping your fingers on the pulse of the ever-evolving IDMP regulations and EMA directives is critical. It enables strategic alignment with compliance requirements, setting the stage for seamless implementation. This constant vigilance marks the difference between staying afloat and being a frontrunner in this dynamic industry. 

1. Empowering with Data Governance 

IDMP compliance and EMA regulations hinge on robust data governance. By mastering data definitions, mapping, and metadata, organizations can ensure adequate adherence to IDMP standards. This focus assures regulatory compliance and enhances the overall data quality, integrity, and consistency, driving improved decision-making and business outcomes. Concretely, it means that each data element should have a clearly defined data owner and update process through the systems that consume this data. 

2. Mastering Data with MDM 

Control of critical data elements is a crucial challenge that Master Data Management (MDM) resolves. By deploying advanced MDM technologies, organizations can centralize and streamline their master data management, enhancing compliance adherence and data quality. For the forward-thinking industry leader, MDM isn’t a choice; it’s a necessity for navigating the complexities of IDMP compliance. 

3. Demystifying the PLM Initiative 

EMA is making a significant leap forward by introducing formerly the Digital application dataset integration (DADI), now known as the Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) Portal, used to generate electronic application form (eAF). 

Transitioning from PDF-file-based electronic application forms to a digital application dataset interface generating messages using the FHIR format enhances data equivalence, interoperability, and data exchange. This move, while complex, ushers in a new era of efficiency and compliance. 

4. Strategically Investing in Data Modernization 

Data modernization isn’t a luxury; it’s a strategic imperative. By investing in data governance, data quality, and master data management, organizations can future-proof their compliance efforts, standing out as industry leaders ready to meet the challenges of IDMP compliance head-on. 

5. Selecting Your IDMP Solution Partners 

The choice of IDMP solution vendors and consultants is critical to your compliance journey. Ensure your partners demonstrate proven expertise, robust technological solutions, and a track record of client success. Such alliances streamline compliance efforts, leading to successful, secure, and efficient outcomes. 

6. Future-Proof Planning for IDMP Compliance 

IDMP compliance planning isn’t just about today; it’s about anticipating the future. Emphasizing future-proof planning ensures your compliance efforts are effective, scalable, and adaptable to the rapidly evolving regulatory landscape. 


Adaptive data management and governance are more than industry buzzwords; they are the bedrock of successful navigation through the complexities of IDMP compliance and EMA regulations. The insights in this blog post aim to guide you in this ever-evolving landscape, equipping you with the knowledge to overcome challenges and secure long-term success. 

Want to dive deeper? Click here for complimentary access to the full Gartner report and gain additional insights into adaptive data management and governance for achieving IDMP compliance and navigating EMA regulations. 

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