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    FDA finalizes guidances on device post-approval studies, postmarket surveillance

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on 7 October released two final guidances to assist manufacturers of moderate- to high-risk medical devices to comply with the agency’s postmarket surveillance requirements and to better understand the agency’s expectations for conducting post-approval studies of these products.   The final versions contain minor changes from the draft versions released for comment in May 2021. (RELATED: FDA issues new draft guidances on devi...
  • RF Quarterly

    Elements of global regulatory strategy — The basics

    For most of regulatory science’s established history, regulations governing drug safety and efficacy were established on a country-by-country basis. For instance, a US-centric framework was appropriate when most US-manufactured drugs were distributed and sold largely on the US market. Today, the pharmaceutical industry’s expanding global reach means drug distribution is multinational, yet the current regulatory frameworks still are largely national or regional in focus. Th...
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    Nitrosamines in pharmaceuticals: Scientific and regulatory status

    Nitrosamines in pharmaceuticals have been of special concern since their presence at unacceptable levels in popular medicines was highlighted in 2018. Since then, improved understanding of their chemistry has enhanced the risk assessments, testing, and mitigation steps required to help minimize nitrosamine contamination in drug substances, excipients, and drug products. In addition, regulatory authorities have largely harmonized requirements and allowable limits in their r...
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    Pharma groups: FDA is exceeding its authority in risk management plan guidance

    The US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) draft guidance on risk management plans (RMPs) has overstepped the agency’s statutory bounds in requiring manufacturers of active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) as well as prescription drug manufacturers to submit risk management plans (RMPs) to avert drug shortages.   This requirement could impose the very drug shortages it is designed to prevent, instead of just targeting those products at risk of drug shortage, pharmace...
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    FDA ‘high-risk’ foreign inspections: Post‒COVID-19 response to GMP challenges

    This article examines the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) return to inspections that were put on hold during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. It outlines the agency’s oversight of drug and biological products during the pandemic and its plans moving forward. The authors summarize the agency’s guidance and policies, industry considerations, and recommendations to manufacturers preparing for their next FDA inspection.   Keywords FDA, inspections, quality, risk m...
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    FDA asks manufacturers to develop risk management plans to avert shortages

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued draft guidance that spells out which types of drugs and medical devices are vulnerable to shortages and should be subject to risk management plan (RMP) reporting. The guidance also recommends risk factors to consider when developing the content of the RMPs.     Under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), FDA was given new authorities to collect information from manufacturers in respond...
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    Pharmaceutical industry groups suggest ICH Q9 changes

    The proposed revisions of the International Council of Harmonization’s (ICH) Q9 (R1) guideline on risk management should be better aligned with medical device quality risk standards as well as international standards. Further, a firm’s information technology (IT) program should be subject to the same level of risk controls as other areas within an organization, representatives of the pharmaceutical industry said in their comments on the update.   The European Medicin...
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    Strategic applications of regulatory intelligence

    Organizations require regulatory intelligence (RI) solutions now more than ever, especially in the current context of rapidly emerging technologies and evolving regulatory landscape. This article provides an overview of a three-part process of RI, consisting of data input, analysis, and output, and its strategic application in the product life cycle and business processes in achieving a competitive edge. RI has a significant range of applications and could be a practical ...
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    ICH releases revised Q9 guideline to improve risk assessments

    The International Council for Harmonization (ICH) issued a revision of the Q9 guideline that aims to address the shortcomings of the current guideline. The goal of the revision is to provide “more scientific and robust applications of quality risk management principles (QRM)” leading to “fewer quality defects and recalls” and reduced costs for the pharmaceutical industry, according to an ICH business plan .   The ICH Q9(R1) guideline was published on the European Me...
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    EU regulation of herbal products, Part 2: Quality, safety and efficacy, and postmarket surveillance

    The article compares and contrasts the regulatory requirements for herbal medicinal products (HMPs), herbal-based medical devices and botanical food supplements in the EU. It is part 2 of a two-part article – Part 1 presented the definitions, main regulations, and documentation requirements for placing the products on the market; Part 2 will address quality, the strength of evidence supporting the safety and efficacy, and postmarket surveillance (PMS) requirements across...
  • RF Quarterly

    RF Quarterly, October 2021: Quality and compliance

    Welcome to the fall issue of RF Quarterly in which international experts from the US, EU, and Saudi Arabia examine quality and compliance and their governing regulations, with specific focus on data integrity, quality system design and management, current good manufacturing practice (cGMP), and postmarketing activities in relation to medical devices, pharmaceuticals, and biologics.   Pragmatism, integrity, and QMS Data reliability in all formats and parts of an o...
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    Biologics compliance

    This article discusses the phases from the product development to commercialization. Biologics are subject to 21 Code of Federal Regulations in order to meet the criteria established for safety, purity, and potency. Compliance to these regulations should be built based on a quality management system and risk management to capture changes during the product development and process validation phases and prepare a product and facility for inspection readiness. Post commercial...