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    Convergence: Regulatory considerations in advancing gene and cellular therapies

    When developing a regulatory submission for a gene or cellular therapy, it’s essential to keep the basics in mind, such as how to demonstrate the product’s identity, purity, and potency, Haroon Hashmi, PhD, told attendees at RAPS Convergence 2021.   “Even when we think about these complex technologies -- new emerging technologies -- certain regulatory principles always stay in place,” said Hashmi, senior vice president at Ziopharm Oncology, which has developed the Slee...
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    ATMP trade organizations call for GMO exemption in EU

    In a joint paper and press release, major trade associations for cell and gene therapy developers are calling for relaxation of EU regulations that treat these advanced therapies as genetically modified organisms (GMOs).   The Alliance for Regenerative Medicine (ARM), European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA), and the European Association of Bioindustries (EuropaBio) joined in the 24 May publication of the paper in Human Gene Therapy,...
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    Euro Convergence Day 3: AI's regulatory framework, the future of ATMPs, and more

    As Euro Convergence 2021 draws to a close, the European regulatory affairs community will gather virtually to hear updates on artificial intelligence and cell and gene therapies, and to explore how post-marketing surveillance will change in the upcoming years.   Use of artificial intelligence (AI) is seeping into more and more corners of healthcare, and those working in medical devices need to know how regulators address these technologies. Pat Baird, a senior regulato...
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    PIC/S updates GMPs for ATMPs, biological substances

    Revisions to the Pharmaceutical Inspection Co-operation Scheme (PIC/S) GMP Guide addressing the manufacturing of advanced therapy medicinal products (ATMPs) as well as biological medicinal substances and products are set to go into effect 1 May.   PIC/S published the final Annex 2A and Annex 2B on 23 April after a consultation that began in September 2019. (RELATED: PIC/S Opens Consultations on Manufacturing ATMPs, Biological Medicinal Substances , Regulatory Focus, ...
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    EMA clarifies application of GMP principles to ATMP starting materials

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) issued a question-and-answer guidance on 23 April addressing how good manufacturing practices (GMP) principles should be applied to starting materials for advanced therapy medicinal products (ATMPs) of biological origin.   EMA said that the Q&A is not meant to set new GMP requirements but rather to give guidance on “what principles of GMP mean and how to implement them.” The guideline describes “minimal” requirements in the fields of...
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    ATMPs: Global regulators eye harmonization for ultra-orphan products

    Top regulators from the US, EU, UK and Japan view harmonization as a critical factor in enabling the development of advanced therapy medicinal products (ATMPs) for ultra-rare diseases.   Particularly for cell and gene therapies targeting patient populations numbering in the hundreds worldwide, commercial viability and the feasibility of clinical trials can be complicated by jurisdictional differences in regulatory requirements. Such challenges were the topic of convers...
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    Regulatory Focus, July issue: Cell and gene therapy

    Feature articles during July focused on global regulatory strategy for cell and gene therapy, with articles on US and EU regulations and guidances and the development and manufacture of the therapies. Also included were articles on recasting the corrective and preventive action (CAPA) process as a continuous improvement process, a military-civilian perspective on real-world evidence (RWE) to support regulatory decision making, and regulatory reporting in multinational tria...
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    Advanced therapies: ‘Trip hazards’ on the development pathway

    This article concerns the development of advanced therapies and the challenges and complexities of getting them through the developmental pathway, which the authors call “the trip.” The authors examine at strategic levels the importance of some of the fundamental building blocks for the development program and highlight some commonly encountered challenges (trip hazards) for cell and gene therapies and offer “bench-to-bedside” and chemistry, manufacturing, and controls (CM...
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    Regulation of advanced therapy medicinal products in the EU

    This article explains some of the terminology relating to advanced therapy medicinal products (ATMPs), including gene and cell-based therapies, tissue-engineered products, and combined ATMPs. The author explains the key EU regulations and guidance documents for each therapy type and discusses marketing authorization, accelerated regulatory pathways, and market access. He advises companies navigating this complex regulatory environment to engage with the regulatory agencies...
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    EMA, European Commission Look to Foster Development of Advanced Therapies

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) and European Commission on Friday published a joint action plan to further the development of new cell and gene therapies, as well as other advanced therapy medicinal products (ATMPs). The plan, which features the release of several new and revised guidelines comes as on the international level, a regular forum for dialogue has been established to share experiences on advanced therapies between EMA, the US Food and Drug Administr...
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    European Regulatory Roundup: New Gateway for Parallel Consultations on Marketing Authorizations, HTAs (6 July 2017)

    Welcome to our European Regulatory Roundup, our weekly overview of the top EU regulatory news. EMA, EUnetHTA Create Gateway for Parallel Consultations on Marketing Authorizations, HTAs European regulators and health technology assessment (HTA) bodies have advanced their plans to align the data sponsors need to win approval and secure reimbursement. The initiative takes the form of a gateway through which sponsors can request parallel consultations with the Europe...
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    Challenges Surrounding the Development and Manufacturing of ATMPs Continue

    The experience of conducting clinical trials with advanced therapy medicinal products (ATMPs) in a real-world clinical setting, according to a new European Medicines Agency (EMA) summary of a conference discussion, can mean “battling multiple and often ridiculous barriers.” The summary of a December regulatory conference in London on ATMPs notes that after a decade of having Regulation (EC) No 1394/2007 in force to speed access to ATMPs, “real progress has been m...