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Infarmed – National Authority of Medicines and Health Products, I.P. – FDA, Confidentiality Commitment


The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is authorized under 21 C.F.R. § 20.891 to disclose non-public information to INFARMED I.P. regarding FDA-regulated drugs, including pre- and post-market activities, as appropriate, as part of cooperative law enforcement or cooperative regulatory activities. FDA is further authorized under section 708(c) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act2 to share with a foreign government, as it deems appropriate and under limited circumstances, certain types of trade secret information.

The Commissioner of Food and Drugs has certified INFARMED I.P. as having the authority and demonstrated ability to protect trade secret information from disclosure. FDA therefore may provide INFARMED I.P. with certain types of trade secret information at FDA’s discretion and upon request by INFARMED I.P., based on the following certifications.

INFARMED I.P. understands that some of the information it receives from FDA may include non-public information exempt from public disclosure, such as commercially confidential information; trade secret information; personal privacy information; law enforcement information; designated national security information; or internal, pre-decisional information. INFARMED I.P. understands that this non-public information is shared in confidence and that it is critical that INFARMED I.P. maintains the confidentiality of exchanged non-public information. Public disclosure of exchanged non-public information by INFARMED I.P. could seriously jeopardize any further scientific and regulatory interactions between INFARMED I.P. and FDA. FDA will advise INFARMED I.P. of the non-public status of the information at the time that the information is shared.

Therefore, INFARMED I.P. certifies that it:

  1. has the authority to protect from public disclosure such non-public information provided to INFARMED I.P. in confidence by FDA;
  2. will not publicly disclose such FDA-provided non-public information without the written authorization of the owner of the information, the written authorization from the individual who is the subject of the personal privacy information, or a written statement from FDA providing that the information no longer has non-public status;
  3. will protect trade secret information that FDA may provide from disclosure unless and until INFARMED I.P. is in possession of a written permission for disclosure by the sponsor of the information provided by FDA, or alternatively of a declaration from the Commissioner of Food and Drugs of a public health emergency under section 319 of the Public Health Service Act that is relevant to the information;
  4. with respect to trade secret information concerning the inspection of a drug facility, has the authority to otherwise obtain such information and will use such FDA-provided information only for civil, administrative regulatory purposes in the context of its mission;
  5. will inform FDA promptly of any effort made by judicial or legislative mandate to obtain FDA-provided non-public information from INFARMED I.P. If such judicial or legislative mandate requires disclosure of FDA-provided non-public information, INFARMED I.P. will take all appropriate legal measures in an effort to ensure that the information will be disclosed in a manner that protects the information from public disclosure; and
  6. will promptly inform FDA of any changes to Portugal’s laws, or to any relevant policies or procedures, that would affect INFARMED’s I.P. ability to honor the commitments in this document.


INFARMED I.P. understands that FDA-provided information may come to it from the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and/or the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety (DG SANTE) as a result of the Cooperation Agreement between EMA and the EU Member States Regulatory Authorities. INFARMED I.P. will protect such FDA-provided non-public information from public disclosure to the same extent that it will protect non-public information provided to it directly by FDA.

This text is not intended to create rights and obligations under international or other law.

Signed on behalf of INFARMED I. P.


Maria do Céu Machado
President of the Executive Board

Parque da Saúde de Lisboa,
Av. Do Brasil, 53
1749-009 Lisboa


1 United States Code of Federal Regulations, Title 21, section 20.89.

2 United States Code, Title 21, section 379(c).


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