The eMC contains two types of documents.
- Summaries of Product Characteristics (known as SPCs)
- Patient Information Leaflets (known as PILs, Package Leaflets or PLs)
Summaries of Product Characteristics
An SmPC tells healthcare professionals, such as doctors, pharmacists and nurses, how to prescribe and use a medicine correctly. An SmPC is based on clinical trials that a pharmaceutical company has carried out, and gives information about dose, use and possible side effects. An SmPC is always written in a standard format, which is explained in our glossary.
Patient Information Leaflets
A PIL is the leaflet that is included in the pack with a medicine. The PIL is a summary of the SmPC and is written for patients. Our glossary section explains more.