Notification form medicine shortages and defects now also in English

As of today, the notification form of the Medicine shortages and defects notification centre is now also available in English. The usability of the form has been optimised on the basis of feedback from users.

Marketing authorisation holders and manufacturers can visit the notification centre to submit the following notifications:

  • A medicinal product is placed on the market for the first time, or again following an interruption
  • The marketing of a medicinal product is being discontinued or interrupted (including a possible shortage)
  • A possible shortage because a medicinal product is being placed on the market in smaller quantities or to an insufficient degree
  • A quality defect in relation to a medicinal product

A notification form is available to report the above. You can find additional details and a clarification of the notification procedures in the user guide.


The Medicine shortages and defects notification centre is coordinated by the Medicines Evaluation Board (MEB) and the Health Care Inspectorate (IGZ). The notification centre is commissioned by the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport (VWS).