Using RSS Feeds as a Regulatory Intelligence Tool: The Feeds you Need to Follow

Posted 01 July 2013 By Alexander Gaffney, RF News Editor

Really Simple Syndication, more commonly known by the acronym RSS, is one of those most powerful and elegant tools for keeping track of regulatory information available.

Like many regulatory documents, the standard is built on an extensible markup language (XML) backbone, and allows a website to publish RSS "feeds" to users, who can view the RSS feeds of hundreds, even thousands of websites in a single aggregating application.

To get a sense of the benefit, consider the following scenario: You are an avid reader of 100 websites, all of which update at infrequent and random intervals. You could go to all 100 websites multiple times per day, every day, to see if that information has been updated. Conversely, you could check your RSS reader once, which would automatically import information about a new story automatically. Which would you prefer to do?

If you answered affirmatively to the option involving the RSS reader, this resource is for you.

RSS: The Basics

At its most basic, an RSS reader is a way to collect many feeds into a single application. Some of these applications are web-based, while others are software applications that are installed onto an individual computer, which may be useful for security reasons or as a means to back up files periodically.

For years, the standard for RSS readers was Google's "Google Reader," an RSS feed that was highly functional and permitted some degree of customization. However, as of 1 July 2013, Google Reader has shut down for good, leaving its millions of users to seek viable alternatives.

Some of the most popular web-based alternatives now include:

For those who prefer a desktop-based version of an RSS reader (i.e. only available from a single device), you might also wish to check out FeedDemon.

Once a user signs up for one of these services, adding a feed is generally easy. Feedly, for example, has an "Add Content" tab where you can cut and paste a feed's URL. 

These tools will allow you to aggregate feeds into easy-to-read formats, and crucially allow users to customize and organize feeds. 

The Feeds

But where do you find RSS feeds? Many websites makes their feeds publicly available, and are most often found next to a corresponding orange logo with two white waves emanating from a white dot.

But "collecting" those feeds can take take a long, long time. Particularly in the field of regulatory affairs, finding specialized information can be a tedious process, and not all websites have an RSS feed. Others have one (or several), but it is time consuming to track down.

For example, Regulatory Focus has several RSS feeds, including:

That's why Regulatory Focus is pleased to bring you this extensive, curated list of popular RSS feeds related to regulatory affairs-the agencies, the news sites, the influencers and the forums of discussion you're most likely to want to keep track of.

Below you'll find RSS feeds from the following topics: biologics, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, government sources, subscription sources, expert commentary, legal analysis, political sites, dietary supplements, general regulatory affairs, regulatory marketing, general health sites, and general industry sites.

Did we miss a website you feel is important to include? Send us an email at news@raps.org and we'll check it out for our next update.

Website

Category

RSS URL

Website URL

Biosimilar News

Biologics

RSS

Website

BioWorld: Blog

Biologics

RSS

Website

CIRM

Biologics

RSS

Website

Fierce Biomarkers

Biologics

RSS

Website

FierceBiotech

Biologics

RSS

Website

Vaccine News

Biologics

RSS

Website

An Ounce of Evidence

Commentary

RSS

Website

Ask Cato

Commentary

RSS

Website

BioClinica blogs

Commentary

RSS

Website

Biotech Due Diligence

Commentary

RSS

Website

Geeks Talk Clinical

Commentary

RSS

Website

Hooked: Ethics, Medicine, and Pharma

Commentary

RSS

Website

In the Pipeline

Commentary

RSS

Website

Life Sci VC

Commentary

RSS

Website

Lilly COI

Commentary

RSS

Website

Medical Progress Today

Commentary

RSS

Website

Molecules to Medicine

Commentary

RSS

Website

PharmaGossip

Commentary

RSS

Website

PharmedOut

Commentary

RSS

Website

Placebo Control

Commentary

RSS

Website

Porzio Pharmaspective

Commentary

RSS

Website

RegBlog

Commentary

RSS

Website

RAPS Regulatory Exchange

Commentary

RSS

Website

Regulatory Intelligence

Commentary

RSS

Website

Forbes: The Medicine Show

Commentary

RSS

Website

Drugwonks

Commentary

RSS

Website

Boston Herald

General Health

RSS

Website

CardioBrief

General Health

RSS

Website

Cardiovascular Business News

General Health

RSS

Website

CBS

General Health

RSS

Website

DNA India

General Health

RSS

Website

Economic Times of India

General Health

RSS

Website

EurActiv

General Health

RSS

Website

Eweek: Healthcare

General Health

RSS

Website

Health IT News

General Health

RSS

Website

Health Payer News

General Health

RSS

Website

Healthcare Economist

General Health

RSS

Website

HealthLeadersMedia

General Health

RSS

Website

IRIN - Health

General Health

RSS

Website

JSOnline

General Health

RSS

Website

Marketwatch

General Health

RSS

Website

MedPage Today: FDA

General Health

RSS

Website

MedPage Today: Public Health & Policy

General Health

RSS

Website

MedPage Today: Washington Watch

General Health

RSS

Website

MedPageToday

General Health

RSS

Website

Medscape

General Health

RSS

Website

MIT Technology Review

General Health

RSS

Website

mobihealthnews

General Health

RSS

Website

Modern Healthcare Breaking News

General Health

RSS

Website

NBC: Health

General Health

RSS

Website

GovhealthIT

General Health

RSS

Website

NPR: Health

General Health

RSS

Website

NYTimes: Health

General Health

RSS

Website

OnMedica News

General Health

RSS

Website

PJ Online

General Health

RSS

Website

NYTimes: Prescriptions

General Health

RSS

Website

ProPublica: Articles and Investigations

General Health

RSS

Website

Reuters: Health

General Health

RSS

Website

The Globe and Mail

General Health

RSS

Website

The Scientist

General Health

RSS

Website

Washington Post: Health

General Health

RSS

Website

Washington Post: Health Science

General Health

RSS

Website

NYTimes: Well

General Health

RSS

Website

WSJ: Health

General Health

RSS

Website

BioFlash

General Health

RSS

Website

Indianapolis Business Journal

General Health

RSS

Website

Protomag

General Health

RSS

Website

Xconomy

General Health

RSS

Website

Forbes

General Health

RSS

Website

Harvard Bill of Health

General Health

RSS

Website

Think Progress

General Health

RSS

Website

Alliance for a Stronger FDA

General

RSS

Website

BioSpectrum Asia

General

RSS

Website

CDISC

General

RSS

Website

CenterWatch

General

RSS

Website

Clinical News

General

RSS

Website

Medical News Today: Clinical Trials

General

RSS

Website

Coalition for Healthcare Communication

General

RSS

Website

European Compliance Academy

General

RSS

Website

Eye on FDA

General

RSS

Website

FDA Matters

General

RSS

Website

FDAzilla Blog

General

RSS

Website

Health Industry Washington Watch

General

RSS

Website

Home - Biospectrum

General

RSS

Website

IEEE Spectrum Biomedical Channel

General

RSS

Website

MedCity News

General

RSS

Website

PPD Expert Community

General

RSS

Website

Thompson Food and Drug Regulation

General

RSS

Website

Medical News Today: Regulatory

General

RSS

Website

Roll Call: Health Care

General

RSS

Website

RTT - Biotech

General

RSS

Website

Stericycle Recall News

General

RSS

Website

BioCentury: The Daily Extra

General

RSS

Website

Policy and Medicine

General

RSS

Website

World Health Organization

Government

RSS

Website

APEC

Government

RSS

Website

Asian Harmonization Working Party

Government

RSS

Website

Bioethics.gov

Government

RSS

Website

CDC: Federal Register

Government

RSS

Website

CDC: Press

Government

RSS

Website

Childhood Cancer Caucus

Government

RSS

Website

CMS: Federal Register

Government

RSS

Website

ICH: CTD

Government

RSS

Website

Customs and Border Protection: News

Government

RSS

Website

EC - Publich Health Latest updates

Government

RSS

Website

ENVI - European Parliament

Government

RSS

Website

EU NET HTA

Government

RSS

Website

FCC: Federal Register

Government

RSS

Website

FDA: Federal Register

Government

RSS

Website

FDA - OIRA Reading Room

Government

RSS

Website

FDA Basics

Government

RSS

Website

FDA Voice Blog

Government

RSS

Website

FDA Consumer Health Information Updates

Government

RSS

Website

FDA Drug Info Rounds

Government

RSS

Website

FDA Drug Shortages

Government

RSS

Website

FDA Patient Safety News

Government

RSS

Website

FDA Transparency Blog

Government

RSS

Website

US Trade Rep.: Federal Register

Government

RSS

Website

Federal Trade Commission (FTC): News

Government

RSS

Website

EMA: Fees

Government

RSS

Website

FDA: Enforcement Report

Government

RSS

Website

FDA: Press Releases

Government

RSS

Website

FDA: Recalls/Safety Alerts

Government

RSS

Website

FDA: CDRHNew

Government

RSS

Website

GAO Reports

Government

RSS

Website

OECD: Health

Government

RSS

Website

DHHS: Federal Register

Government

RSS

Website

Health Canada: Drug Compliance

Government

RSS

Website

Health Canada: Drugs

Government

RSS

Website

Health Canada: MedEffect Canada

Government

RSS

Website

FDA: Health Fraud

Government

RSS

Website

EU Portal: Health

Government

RSS

Website

Healthy Canadians: Recalls

Government

RSS

Website

HRSA: Federal Register

Government

RSS

Website

ICE: Federal Register

Government

RSS

Website

ICH Guidelines

Government

RSS

Website

DHS: ICS-CERT

Government

RSS

Website

International Electrotechnical Commission

Government

RSS

Website

EMA: Inspections

Government

RSS

Website

IOM: Biomedical and Health Research

Government

RSS

Website

IOM: Quality and Patient Safety

Government

RSS

Website

ISO: Latest News

Government

RSS

Website

ISO: 13485:2003/Cor 1:2009

Government

RSS

Website

EDQM: News

Government

RSS

Website

ICH: News

Government

RSS

Website

ICH: MedDRA

Government

RSS

Website

FDA: Medical Device Recalls

Government

RSS

Website

US House Medical Device Caucus

Government

RSS

Website

FDA: MedWatch Safety Alerts

Government

RSS

Website

EMA: Meetings and Events

Government

RSS

Website

FDA: Mini-Sentinel

Government

RSS

Website

NIH: News

Government

RSS

Website

NC3Rs

Government

RSS

Website

NIH: Federal Register

Government

RSS

Website

OMB: Memoranda

Government

RSS

Website

OMB: News

Government

RSS

Website

DHHS: Office of Research Integrity

Government

RSS

Website

Pan American Health Organization

Government

RSS

Website

EMA: Patient Safety

Government

RSS

Website

Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute

Government

RSS

Website

FDA: Pet Health

Government

RSS

Website

EMA: Regulatory and procedural guidelines

Government

RSS

Website

EMA: Scientific guidelines: human and vet

Government

RSS

Website

FDA: Tainted Supplements

Government

RSS

Website

TGA: News

Government

RSS

Website

US PTO Blog

Government

RSS

Website

USDOJ: News

Government

RSS

Website

USP: News

Government

RSS

Website

Veterans Affairs: Federal Register

Government

RSS

Website

OIG: News

Government

RSS

Website

FDA: Veterinary News

Government

RSS

Website

FDA: Cosmetics News

Government

RSS

Website

FDA: Drugs News

Government

RSS

Website

FDA: Biologics News

Government

RSS

Website

American Pharmacists Association

Industry

RSS

Website

ACRO

Industry

RSS

Website

Beaker's Blog

Industry

RSS

Website

BIO Industry Analysis Blog

Industry

RSS

Website

BIOtech Now

Industry

RSS

Website

Council for American Medical Innovation

Industry

RSS

Website

EFPIA

Industry

RSS

Website

European Fine Chemicals Group

Industry

RSS

Website

MDMA

Industry

RSS

Website

MITA

Industry

RSS

Website

National Clinical Trial Network

Industry

RSS

Website

NCPA

Industry

RSS

Website

Patently BIOtech

Industry

RSS

Website

PhRMA: Catalyst

Industry

RSS

Website

PhRMA: News

Industry

RSS

Website

DC Court

Legal

RSS

Website

Drug and Device Law

Legal

RSS

Website

Drug Injury Watch

Legal

RSS

Website

FDA Law Blog

Legal

RSS

Website

FDA Lawyers Blog

Legal

RSS

Website

Genetic Engineering & Biotech Legal

Legal

RSS

Website

InsideCounsel

Legal

RSS

Website

King & Spalding

Legal

RSS

Website

KKB Law Blog

Legal

RSS

Website

Life Sciences Law Blog

Legal

RSS

Website

medicaldeviceslegal

Legal

RSS

Website

MAG Law

Legal

RSS

Website

Orange Book Blog

Legal

RSS

Website

Patent Baristas

Legal

RSS

Website

Patent Docs

Legal

RSS

Website

SCOTUSblog

Legal

RSS

Website

Fierce Medical Devices

Medical Device

RSS

Website

Manufacturing Geek

Medical Device

RSS

Website

MassDevice

Medical Device

RSS

Website

MDDI

Medical Device

RSS

Website

MEDEC

Medical Device

RSS

Website

Medgadget

Medical Device

RSS

Website

Medical Design

Medical Device

RSS

Website

Medical Device Daily: Perspectives

Medical Device

RSS

Website

Medical Device Summit

Medical Device

RSS

Website

Medical News Today: Devices

Medical Device

RSS

Website

Medical Plastics News - Latest News

Medical Device

RSS

Website

Medtechinsider

Medical Device

RSS

Website

BioPharm International

Pharmaceutical

RSS

Website

BioPharma Today

Pharmaceutical

RSS

Website

Drug Channels

Pharmaceutical

RSS

Website

Drug Discovery & Development

Pharmaceutical

RSS

Website

Drug Safety Monitor

Pharmaceutical

RSS

Website

Drug Topics - Top News

Pharmaceutical

RSS

Website

EuroPharma Today

Pharmaceutical

RSS

Website

Express Pharma Online

Pharmaceutical

RSS

Website

FiercePharma

Pharmaceutical

RSS

Website

FiercePharmaManufacturing

Pharmaceutical

RSS

Website

Financial Times

Pharmaceutical

RSS

Website

Guardian - Pharma

Pharmaceutical

RSS

Website

in-PharmaTechnologist

Pharmaceutical

RSS

Website

InPharm

Pharmaceutical

RSS

Website

International Pharmaceutical Quality

Pharmaceutical

RSS

Website

Latest Drug  News

Pharmaceutical

RSS

Website

NYTimes: Pharmaceuticals

Pharmaceutical

RSS

Website

On Pharma

Pharmaceutical

RSS

Website

Outsourcing-Pharm

Pharmaceutical

RSS

Website

Partnership For Safe Medicines

Pharmaceutical

RSS

Website

PDUFADate.com

Pharmaceutical

RSS

Website

Pharm Tech Europe

Pharmaceutical

RSS

Website

Pharma Compliance Blog

Pharmaceutical

RSS

Website

Pharma Exec Blog

Pharmaceutical

RSS

Website

Medical News Today: Pharma

Pharmaceutical

RSS

Website

Pharma Strategy Blog

Pharmaceutical

RSS

Website

PharmaAfrica

Pharmaceutical

RSS

Website

PharmaBiz

Pharmaceutical

RSS

Website

Pharmaceutical Executive Magazine

Pharmaceutical

RSS

Website

Pharmaceutical Manufacturing

Pharmaceutical

RSS

Website

PharmPro

Pharmaceutical

RSS

Website

PharmaTech

Pharmaceutical

RSS

Website

Pharmafile

Pharmaceutical

RSS

Website

Pharmalot

Pharmaceutical

RSS

Website

PharmaNews.eu

Pharmaceutical

RSS

Website

PharmaTimes

Pharmaceutical

RSS

Website

Pharmer Talk

Pharmaceutical

RSS

Website

PharmTech Talk

Pharmaceutical

RSS

Website

PhillyPharma

Pharmaceutical

RSS

Website

BNET

Pharmaceutical

RSS

Website

PMLive

Pharmaceutical

RSS

Website

Postscript

Pharmaceutical

RSS

Website

RxTrace

Pharmaceutical

RSS

Website

Safe Patient Project

Pharmaceutical

RSS

Website

SecuringPharma

Pharmaceutical

RSS

Website

The IN VIVO Blog

Pharmaceutical

RSS

Website

The Street

Pharmaceutical

RSS

Website

Tufts CSDD

Pharmaceutical

RSS

Website

Energy and Commerce Committee

Political

RSS

Website

Energy and Commerce: Republicans

Political

RSS

Website

Federal Times

Political

RSS

Website

The Hill: Healthwatch

Political

RSS

Website

The Hill: Floor Action

Political

RSS

Website

The Hill: RegWatch

Political

RSS

Website

Senate HELP Committee

Political

RSS

Website

Senate HELP Committee: Hearings

Political

RSS

Website

Dose of Digital

Marketing

RSS

Website

Eye for Pharma

Marketing

RSS

Website

Medad Blog

Marketing

RSS

Website

Medical Marketing and Media News

Marketing

RSS

Website

Pharma Marketing Blog

Marketing

RSS

Website

Pixels & Pills

Marketing

RSS

Website

World of DTC Marketing.com

Marketing

RSS

Website

"The Silver Sheet"

Subscription

RSS

Website

"The Gray Sheet"

Subscription

RSS

Website

"The Pink Sheet" DAILY

Subscription

RSS

Website

"The Pink Sheet" Weekly

Subscription

RSS

Website

"The Gold Sheet"

Subscription

RSS

Website

Pharmaceutical Approvals Monthly

Subscription

RSS

Website

"The Tan Sheet"

Subscription

RSS

Website

"The Rose Sheet"

Subscription

RSS

Website

Clinica

Subscription

RSS

Website

FDA News: Devices & Diagnostics Letter

Subscription

RSS

Website

FDA News: Drug GMP Report

Subscription

RSS

Website

FDA News: Drug Industry Daily

Subscription

RSS

Website

EP Vantage

Subscription

RSS

Website

EP Vantage: Comment

Subscription

RSS

Website

FDA Webview

Subscription

RSS

Website

The RPM Report

Subscription

RSS

Website

FDA News: Device Daily Bulletin

Subscription

RSS

Website

FDA News: Generic Line

Subscription

RSS

Website

International Device Regulatory Monitor

Subscription

RSS

Website

International Pharma Regulatory Monitor

Subscription

RSS

Website

Law360

Subscription

RSS

Website

Scrip Clinical Research

Subscription

RSS

Website

Scrip Regulatory Affairs

Subscription

RSS

Website

Scripintelligence

Subscription

RSS

Website

FDA News: The GMP Letter

Subscription

RSS

Website

thepharmaletter.com

Subscription

RSS

Website

thepharmaletter.com

Subscription

RSS

Website

FDA News: Washington Drug Letter

Subscription

RSS

Website

CosmeticsDesign USA

Supplements

RSS

Website

CosmeticsDesign-Europe

Supplements

RSS

Website

Food Product Design

Supplements

RSS

Website

FoodQualityNews

Supplements

RSS

Website

Natural Products INSIDER

Supplements

RSS

Website

NutraIngredients

Supplements

RSS

Website

NutraIngredients-USA

Supplements

RSS

Website

A helpful reader has organized all of the above RSS feeds into a single OMPL file that you can download and import into an existing RSS feed if you so chose. That file is available here.

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