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In-depth examination and analysis of regulatory and related topics, available exclusively to RAPS members.

Thailand's Approach to Drug Quality Assurance: Creation of the Green Book

This article discusses how Thailand's Ministry of Public Health (MOPH), Food and Drug Administration (Thai FDA) and a number of government and independent health agencies regulate drugs, both new and generic, as well as traditional, nonwestern medicines.

Categories: Drugs, Quality, Features, Asia Tags: Thailand, Green Book, Quality Assurance
Identification of Medicinal Products (IDMP) Standards Part 3: Steps to Prepare for IDMP Implementation

This article discusses the gap analysis and preliminary activities necessary to prepare a pharmaceutical company for the upcoming IDMP standards; it is the final article in a three part series on the standards and their respective implementation guidelines. The first two articles presented reasons for the new standard, the driving forces behind IDMP, and the concepts behind the standard as well as the current timelines for introducing IDMP in worldwide markets.

Categories: Drugs, Features, FDA, EMA, ISO Tags:
The Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA): A Primer

This article discusses key points and benefits of the Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA) for those filing a New Drug Application (NDA) and explains how PDUFA user fees have played an important role in expediting FDA's drug approval process.

Categories: Biologics and biotechnology, Drugs, Submission and registration, News, US, FDA Tags: User Fees, Prescription Drug User Fee Act, PDUFA
Impact of the Revised EU Clinical Trial Regulation

Clinical Trial Regulation EU No 536/2014 will come into effect in 2018. This article reports on aspects of the revised regulation and evaluates its potential impact on clinical trials conducted to assess medicinal products for human use. It discusses changes impacting the critical role of the Ethics Committees in the approval process for clinical trials as well as the planned, centralized data reporting channel, referred to as "the portal." While revisions to the regulation are still underway, readers will benefit from the assessment of its current status and anticipated developments.

Categories: Biologics and biotechnology, Drugs, Clinical, Features, Europe, EMA, EC Tags: Clinical Trial Regulation, EU No 536/2014
Amendments to the 21st Century Cures Act: Changing the Regulation of Combination Products

This article summarizes regulatory changes impacting how premarket applications for combination products will be reviewed by FDA and procedures and reporting requirements for applicants and FDA as required by the 21st Century Cures Act.

Categories: Biologics and biotechnology, Combination products, Drugs, Medical Devices, Features, US, FDA Tags: 21st Century Cures Act, Combination Products, Primary Mode of Action, PMOA
Strategies Adopted by Innovator Companies in Response to Biosimilars Competition

This article examines key strategies being adopted by the innovator companies and discusses the impact these strategies are likely to have on the future market for biosimilars.

Categories: Biologics and biotechnology, Government affairs, Regulatory strategy, Submission and registration, Features, US, Europe, FDA, EMA Tags: Biosimilars, Intellectual Property, Litigation, Patent Extension
Biosimilar Intellectual Property Issues in the US: An Update

This article provides an update on US biosimilar intellectual property issues in areas including the complex and evolving areas of patent protection, market exclusivity, the 'patent dance,' and lifecycle planning.

Categories: Biologics and biotechnology, Submission and registration, Features, US, FDA Tags:
EU and US Regulations for Chemical Components in Medical Devices

This article discusses a number of regulations directed at the use of chemical components in medical devices, both in the EU and US. The author reviews legislation, offers compliance advice and warns about the penalties of noncompliance.

Categories: Medical Devices, Compliance, Features, US, Europe, FDA, EC Tags: Chemical Components, Restricted Substances
Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan: Organizational Structure, Functions and Future Challenges

This article discusses the development of a more effective pharmaceutical regulatory environment in Pakistan through the establishment of a regulatory agency designed to address current good manufacturing practices and quality management systems for drug production to improve the availability, accessibility and affordability of drugs.

Categories: Drugs, Compliance, Quality, Submission and registration, Features Tags: DRAP, Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan
Is the Current Regulation of Autologous Stem Cells Appropriate?

This article discusses the regulation of autologous stem cells and tissue therapies in Australia by addressing issues such as the safety and efficacy of cell therapies, which therapies are regulated, what regulators are doing in other countries and "next steps" in cell and tissue regulation.

Categories: Human cell and tissue, Features, US, Europe, Japan, Oceania, FDA, EMA, MHLW, PMDA, TGA Tags: Autologous Stem Cells
Establishing a Joint Venture Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Entity in Japan

This article focuses on key regulatory activities to establish a Joint Venture (JV) for pharmaceutical manufacturing and sales in Japan. The author describes foundation building, marketing authorization holder responsibilities, new drug applications, clinical trial sponsorship, adverse events reporting and brand name registrations as well as requirements for data archiving and post-marketing regulatory activities.

Categories: Biologics and biotechnology, Drugs, Clinical, Postmarket surveillance, Submission and registration, Features, Japan, MHLW, PMDA Tags: Common Technical Document, CTD
Fast Facts: Serious Adverse Event Reporting Requirements in the US

This article presents reporting requirements for Serious Adverse Events (SAEs) and focuses on an important, but often overlooked regulation that specifies when a study is being run and includes the use of an approved drug. There are reporting requirements with specific timeframes that must be followed if there is a reportable SAE attributed to the approved drug.

Categories: Biologics and biotechnology, Drugs, Clinical, Postmarket surveillance, Features, US, FDA Tags: Adverse Event Reporting
When to Submit a 510(k) (Devices and Software): A Regulatory Perspective

This article explores key elements of the US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA's) latest draft guidance to industry for deciding when to submit a new 510(k) for medical device hardware and software design changes. The potential business impact is assessed and suggestions are provided for what companies need to do to align with FDA's current thinking.

Categories: Medical Devices, Submission and registration, Features, US, FDA Tags: 510(k), Software
The Relationship Between Regulatory and Commercial Organizations: How to Work With Your Commercial Colleagues

This article discusses why regulatory and business functions need to work together to ensure success in label development, launch, promotion and lifecycle management strategy and regulatory intelligence and provides successful partnership examples.

Categories: Business Skills, Features, Communication Tags:
Strategies and Tactics to Successfully Outsource Regulatory Work

This article highlights key learnings, helpful approaches and recommendations on how to successfully outsource operation-based regulatory work. The author Includes tips on knowing the right work to be outsourced, setting expectations, selecting a supplier, overcoming internal resistance to outsourcing, contracting standards and invoicing.

Categories: Business Skills, Features, US Tags: Outsourcing, Performance Metrics
2017 Regulatory Intelligence Tools Update: Drugs

When tasked with something new or different in regulatory, sometimes the hardest challenge is knowing where to find the information. This article provides an abundance of tools, links and places to start your journey of regulatory information discovery.

Categories: Biologics and biotechnology, Drugs, Regulatory intelligence, Features Tags:
Global Regulatory Developments in Cell and Gene Therapy, Drug Manufacturing Inspections, Regulatory Intelligence Tools and a Preview of March

The following is a summary of feature articles posted over the past weeks with links and a preview of what's to come in March.

Categories: Biologics and biotechnology, Human cell and tissue, Regulatory strategy, Regulatory intelligence, Features, FDA, EMA, Health Canada, CFDA, ISO Tags: Regulatory Focus, Feature Articles, Feature Summary
MDR and IVDR: the Potential for a 28-Agency, 22-Language Regulatory Process for Medical Devices in the EU

This article provides detail in the MDR and IVDR which seems to have escaped observation. Yet, the detail could have far-reaching implications. What follows is in both the MDR and IVDR, and so in the pursuit of clarity, all references are restricted to the MDR.

Categories: In vitro diagnostics, Medical Devices, Submission and registration, Features, Europe, EC Tags: Medical Device Regulation, In Vitro Diagnostic Medical Devices Regulation, MDR, IVDR
Identification of Medicinal Products (IDMP) Standards Part 2: The Implementation Roadmap

This is part two of a series on the Identification of Medicinal Products (IDMP) standards and their respective implementation guidelines. Part two reports on current IDMP activities and provides the plans and timelines in the IDMP implementation process. Part one presented the reasons for the new standard, the driving forces behind IDMP and the concepts behind the standard.

Categories: Biologics and biotechnology, Drugs, Features, US, Europe, FDA, EMA Tags: ISO, ISO IDMP, Identification of Medicinal Products
Advanced Therapy Medicinal Products: An Evolving Regulatory Landscape

This article was developed from a presentation at RAPS Regulatory Convergence in September 2016 in San Jose, California, US. It was the opening presentation in the "Global Developments in Cell and Gene Therapy" session and covered introductory Advanced Therapy Medicinal Product (ATMP) concepts from definitions to strategic considerations and challenges currently faced by developers in this field.

Categories: Biologics and biotechnology, Human cell and tissue, Regulatory strategy, Features, US, Europe, FDA, EMA Tags: Advanced Therapies, ATMP
Regulation and Oversight of Gene Therapy in the US

This article discusses the evolution, potential uses and regulatory aspects of gene therapy and includes funding, delivery mechanisms, bioethics and steps toward clinical trial implementation.

Categories: Biologics and biotechnology, Human cell and tissue, Features, US, FDA Tags: Gene therapy,
Alligators and Crocodiles: New Indications for Use?

This article provides current research in drug development and describes crocodilians, their immune function, the search for new antibiotics, antimicrobial peptides (also known as host defense peptides) and future research for anti-cancer agents.

Categories: Biologics and biotechnology, Research and development, Features Tags:
Regulatory Intelligence Tools Compendium 2017

This article provides a Regulatory Intelligence (RI) Tool Compendium to help readers see the tools available by each RI functional area.

Categories: Biologics and biotechnology, Drugs, Regulatory intelligence, Features Tags: Regulatory Intelligence
CFDI's Global Drug Inspection Trend Study Offers Regulatory Updates and Opinions

To help keep regulatory professionals up-to-date on current thinking by global regulatory agencies, the Chinese Center of Food and Drug Inspection (CFDI) released a new electronic journal covering hot topics and developments in international drug manufacturing inspections. This article summarizes the key points including regulatory thinking and opinions from global regulatory authorities and organizations; timely updates on regulations, guidance, regulatory measures and changes; and inspection case analysis through observations by various international regulatory authorities.

Categories: Government affairs, Regulatory intelligence, Features, China, FDA, CFDA, WHO Tags: Chinese Center of Food and Drug Inspection, CFDI
CFDA Publishes Four Draft Guidances on Inspections of Generic Drug Development

This article provides the details of four draft guidances published on 21 December 2016 by the China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) regarding on-site inspection of generic drugs, including how CFDA will be evaluating their quality and efficacy and possible inspection outcomes and the responsibilities of 31 local province level FDA inspection teams in China.

Categories: Prescription drugs, Generic drugs, Clinical, Compliance, Features, China, CFDA Tags: Draft Guidance
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