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    October’s Regulatory Focus: Linguistic review, advanced therapies in Asia-Pacific, and more

    Feature articles during October included an in-depth look at the linguistic review process in Europe and  reviews of the regulatory pathways for herbal medicinal products, medical devices, and supplements in the EU and for advanced therapies in the Asian-Pacific region. Also included was an article on the challenges of data integrity remediation in cGMP facilities.   Linguistic review and herbal product regulation The linguistic review process for centrally authori...
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    The regulatory landscape of advanced therapies in Asia-Pacific

    The Asia-Pacific region, which inlcudes Australia, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, and South Korea, has a significant number of clinical trials in advanced therapies, with China ranking second globally. Manufacturers in other countries in the region, such as Japan, Australia, South Korea, and Singapore, have submitted marketing authorizations applications for advanced therapies and received approvals. Regulators recognize this emerging trend in dynamic resear...
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    New MDCG guidance shows how devices fit into MDR’s classification rules

    The European Commission’s Medical Devices Coordinating Group (MDCG) on Monday issued a guidance to help manufacturers classify their devices under the Medical Device Regulations (MDR) before they are placed on the EU market.   Under the MDR , which went into effect on 26 May 2021, devices are divided into four classes: I, IIa, IIb and III. Devices are ranked according to risk from class I for the lowest-risk devices to class III for the highest.  Annex VIII of the...
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    Asia-Pacific Roundup: Singapore seeks feedback on planned unique device identification system

    Singapore’s Health Sciences Authority (HSA) is seeking feedback on the regulatory requirements for the planned implementation of a unique device identification (UDI) system. HSA wants to establish a harmonized identification system to enable the traceability of medical devices.   Today, HSA lacks the means to track the distribution and use of medical devices across the supply chain and healthcare system. HSA wants to gain that power to support the timely identification...
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    Asia-Pacific Roundup: Vietnam seeks mRNA tech transfer for local COVID vaccine production

    The Vietnamese health ministry has met with the World Health Organization (WHO) to discuss the transfer of the technology needed to manufacture mRNA vaccines in the country.   Vietnam received a shipment of 811,200 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford via the COVAX Facility at the start of last month. Around 900,000 people have now received a vaccine, but the supply of doses remains a constraint on the pace of the rollou...
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    Asia-Pacific Roundup: TGA consults on advertising code revamp

    The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) is seeking feedback on ways to improve the Australian Therapeutic Goods Advertising Code and has proposed options for addressing provisions that it has identified as unclear or inconsistent since the current version of the code came into effect two years ago.   In the consultation document, TGA lists multiple issues with the current code that stakeholders have identified, plus options for how to remedy them. For example, some ...
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    Asia-Pacific Roundup: TGA new drug approval times hold steady despite pandemic pressures

    Australian approval times for new drugs and other filings held steady in the second half of 2020 despite the pressures COVID-19 put on regulatory officials, according to a TGA report.   The median approval time for new chemical entities, new biological entities and biosimilars over the back half of last year was 196 days, compared to 198 days in 2019 and a legislated timeframe of 255 days. TGA median approval times for major variations and new generic medicines fell 4%...
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    Asia-Pacific Roundup: Japan’s PMDA shares principles for evaluation of COVID-19 vaccines

    Japan’s Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Agency (PMDA) has published principles for evaluating COVID-19 vaccines. The principles echo guidelines published in other parts of the world, for example by recommending that studies are designed to show vaccines prevent COVID-19.   PMDA, like its peers, is against the use of surrogate measures given the lack of evidence linking them to the key endpoint of COVID-19 prevention. Clinical trials to assess the preventive effect ...
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    Asia-Pacific Regulatory Roundup: TGA grants provisional approval to Gilead’s COVID-19 drug remdesivir

    Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has granted provisional approval to Gilead Sciences’ remdesivir for use in adults and adolescents hospitalized with severe COVID-19 symptoms.   Like its international peers, TGA sought to fast track its review of remdesivir to get the antiviral to patients as quickly as possible. TGA said it made a decision within two weeks of receiving a filing for approval of the drug, which is sold under the brand name Veklury, by h...
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    Asia Regulatory Roundup: TGA orders re-evaluation of COVID-19 antibody studies amid false negative concerns

    Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has asked the sponsors of point-of-care tests for antibodies against the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus to re-evaluate their clinical performance studies. TGA made the request after reviewing the findings of a postmarket evaluation carried out by a third party.   The Onsite and VivaDiag tests, which are made by CTK Biotech and VivaChek Biotech, respectively, came to market with instructions for use that quoted sensitivity figu...
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    EC Publishes New Guidelines on Good Clinical Practices for ATMPs

    Thanks to a 2007 regulation on advanced therapy medicinal products (ATMPs), the European Commission (EC) on Wednesday released new guidelines on the good clinical practice (GCP) requirements for these complex and innovative products that can include gene and cell therapies. The 15-page guidelines discuss clinical trial design, non-clinical studies, quality of the investigational ATMPs, the safe conduct of the clinical trial, upstream interventions on subjects and admini...
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    APEC Members See Increased Regulatory Convergence

    Countries involved in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) are better aligning their regulatory schemes related to drugs and medical devices, according to a new survey unveiled Monday at an APEC meeting in Chile. The survey shows how between 2008 and 2019, APEC countries are seeing modest increases in: Sharing information (from 16 APEC economies to 19 economies) Establishing confidentiality commitments (from 12 economies to 15) Sharing good manufacturing pr...