A Paediatric Investigation Plan (PIP) must be submitted in order to support a medicine's authorisation for use in children. The PIP undergoes a review process and ensures that paediatric development happens at the right time in the medicines development process. In special cases, the PIP can be waived.
A medicine can be marketed in the European Union (EU) until the company has obtained a Marketing Authorisation (MA) for that medicine from the relevant regulatory authority. MAs are granted for medicines that are proved to be safe, effective and of high quality.