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    FDA publishes two critical DSCSA draft guidances

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on 5 July issued two draft guidances covering the implementation of the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA); one addresses the use of electronic standards for tracing products through the pharmaceutical supply chain, while the other guidance pertains to identifying trading partners that are authorized to track products though the supply chain.   The agency announced that “these documents are critical steps toward implement...
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    Animal models have limitations for safety assessment of gene therapies: FDA adcomm

    An advisory committee to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has said animal models are “problematic” in assessing the safety risks of gene therapies derived from adeno-associated virus (AAV) vectors.   FDA’s Cellular, Tissue, and Gene Therapies Advisory Committee (CTGTAC) held a virtual meeting on 2 September to discuss the best animal models to study to assess safety of these products.   “AAV are a popular type of gene therapy, yet we are seeing a variety o...
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    FDA revises MAPPs on data standards program, scientific interest groups

    The US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) recently issued two revised documents for its Manual of Policies and Procedures (MAPP): one addresses updated procedures for its data standards program and the other covers operational procedures for scientific interest groups (SIG).   The 10-page MAPP on data standards governance discusses the operating model to support the implementation of CDER’s data standards program. It r...
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    Enhancing consumer confidence and supplement access through harmonized retail standards

    Although third-party audit, certification, and retail standard programs highlight reputable companies and help ensure that dietary supplements on store shelves are safe and unadulterated, multiple standards create a complicated patchwork of requirements that are difficult for manufacturers and consumers to navigate. Responsible industry has emphasized the need to harmonize standards by eliminating duplicative, costly testing and allowing retailers to confirm a manufacturer...
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    MDR/IVDR: Commission adopts new standardization request

    The European Commission this week adopted a new standardization request for harmonized European standards in support of the Medical Device Regulation (MDR) and In Vitro Diagnostic Regulation (IVDR) after its initial standardization request was rejected last year.   In a commission implementing decision dated 14 April 2021, the Commission calls on the European Committee for Standardization (CEN) and the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization (CENE...
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    FDA updates on ASCA pilot, lists accredited test labs

    In an important step in the rollout of its accreditation scheme for conformity assessment (ASCA) pilot, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) this week published its initial list of accredited testing laboratories participating in the program.   The pilot, which arose out of the negotiations for the current Medical Device User Fee Amendments (MDUFA IV) program, is meant to increase “consistency, predictability and efficiency” during the premarket review of medica...
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    Makena Withdrawal? A Look at the Timeline and Other Accelerated Approvals

    Earlier this week, an FDA advisory committee recommended that the agency withdraw Amag Pharmaceutical’s preterm birth drug Makena, a treatment that brought in more than $1 billion in sales before failing a confirmatory trial. The agency is now faced with the task of whether to take the committee’s vote and pull Makena from the market or allow it to remain until another confirmatory trial can be completed. Keeping Makena on the market would also present a rare situation,...
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    FDA Modifies List of Standards for Premarket Device Reviews

    The modified list of standards published on Wednesday is meant to assist medical device manufacturers that elect to declare conformity with consensus standards to meet certain US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requirements. Back in 1997, the Food and Drug Administration Modernization Act allowed FDA to recognize consensus standards developed by national and international organizations to satisfy certain portions of device premarket review submissions or other requ...
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    FDA Advisory Committee Calendar

    Regulatory Focus is pleased to team with Tarius , a regulatory information services provider, to routinely offer information about upcoming FDA Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) meetings for CDER, CBER, and the Office of the Commissioner. Upcoming Meetings   13 September – Allergenic Products Advisory Committee   The committee will discuss and make recommendations on the safety and efficacy of Peanut [Arachis hypogaea] Allergen Powder manufactured by Ai...
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    13 Keys to a Successful FDA Advisory Committee Meeting

    When the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has significant questions or concerns about clinical data submitted in support of a product under review, it often seeks input from independent academicians and clinicians outside the agency. For this reason, FDA has established Advisory Committees comprised of such experts in various therapeutic areas. Currently, there are 49 such standing committees. If your company is a sponsor of a product subject to Advisory Committee rev...
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    When FDA and Advisory Committees Disagree: Study Investigates Gaps

    While only about one in five US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) new drug approvals or safety decisions run counter to outside advisory committee advice, a new study published Monday in the Milbank Quarterly looks further into what happens when both sides disagree. Of the 404 advisory committee meetings that involved voting questions (out of a total of 759 meetings between 2008 and 2015), the study looked at 376 meetings, with 271 (72%) for initial product approvals...
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    COCIR Pushes to Harmonize Device Standards

    The European Coordination Committee of the Radiological, Electromedical and Healthcare IT Industry (COCIR) issued a position paper on Tuesday to facilitate the harmonization of medical device standards. COCIR’s position paper set forth six recommendations on harmonizing device standards, citing an array of existing challenges such as the assessment process and the fixed publication schedule. Harmonized standards need revision to reflect changes to and increased regul...