Last week, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and the European Commission have published additional information material on biosimilar medicines, as part of their ongoing collaboration to improve understanding of biosimilars across the European Union (EU).

The new material includes an animated video for patients that explains key facts on biosimilar medicines and how EMA works to ensure that they are as safe and effective as their reference biological medicines. The video is available in eight European languages: Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Polish, Portuguese and Spanish.

The other documents published last week are the translations of the biosimilar guide for healthcare professionals into Dutch, French, German, Italian, Polish, Portuguese and Spanish. The guide, which was first made available in English in 2017, provides healthcare professionals with comprehensive and easily understandable information on both the science and the regulation underpinning the use of biosimilars.

These newly published materials complement the Questions & answers on biosimilars for patients in 23 EU languages previously made available by EMA and the European Commission. In addition, as for all medicines, the Agency publishes a public friendly overview which explains why the biosimilar medicine has been approved for use in the EU.