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    FDA Warns Chinese Heparin Manufacturer, Reigniting Questions of Contamination

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday released a warning letter sent earlier this month to a China-based manufacturer of heparin—the same manufacturer warned by French regulators last March. The letter says the company used crude heparin batches that potentially were out of specification (OOS) to manufacture heparin sodium for the US market and shows that previous issues related to heparin sourced from Chinese active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) manufac...
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    FDA Warns Chinese Drug Manufacturer for Limiting Inspection, Systemic Data Manipulation

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday released a warning letter sent to Beijing Taiyang Pharmaceutical Industry Co. on 19 October after the company limited FDA’s ability to conduct an inspection and manipulated manufacturing data. The warning letter follows FDA adding the company to two import alert lists in April, effectively halting its ability to ship products to the US. Barred Entry to Warehouse On 16 November 2015, FDA investigators observed throu...
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    China to Begin Priority Reviews of Medical Devices in January 2017

    China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) announced Thursday that its priority review and approval procedure for medical devices will come into force as of 1 January 2017. The move is part of CFDA’s implementation of reforms to its approval systems for drugs and devices, and to meet the clinical demands of medical devices. According to the law firm Ropes & Gray , the new policy, first drafted in June, will allow applicants with a Class II device (limited to importe...
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    Asia Regulatory Roundup: Australia to Adopt 10 EMA Guidelines (4 October 2016)

    Welcome to our Asia Regulatory Roundup, our weekly overview of the top regulatory news in Asia. Australia Starts Consultation on Planned Adoption of 10 EMA Guidelines The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) of Australia is seeking feedback on its plan to adopt 10 European Medicines Agency (EMA) guidelines. Most of the documents are replacements for existing EMA texts previously adopted by TGA, but some, such as guidelines on clinical development of drugs agai...
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    Asia Regulatory Roundup: CFDA Continues Crackdown on Dishonest Drug Manufacturers (27 September 2016)

    Welcome to our Asia Regulatory Roundup, our weekly overview of the top regulatory news in Asia. CRO Complaints About Online Portal Prompt CDSCO to Convene Meeting The Deputy Drugs Controller of India (DDCI) has convened a meeting to discuss sponsor and contract research organization (CRO) complaints about the Sugam online portal. Sponsors and CROs made the complaints after encountering problems when trying to use Sugam to apply for regulatory clearances regar...
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    Chinese and Indian Firms Warned and Banned by US FDA and German Competent Authority

    A lack of quality assurance (QA) oversight, a refusal of an inspection by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and a failure to commit to any corrective actions regarding current good manufacturing practice (CGMP) violations observed on an FDA inspection landed a Chinese company an FDA warning letter, and a statement of non-compliance and a ban for two Indian companies recently. The FDA  warning letter , dated 26 July for Tianjan, China-based Concept Products Limit...
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    Asia Regulatory Roundup: CFDA Offers Guidance on Revised Vaccine Distribution Regulations (21 June 2016)

    Welcome to our Asia Regulatory Roundup, our weekly overview of the top regulatory news in Asia. CFDA Posts Guide to Implementing Revised Vaccine Distribution Regulations China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) has released a guide to the implementation of its revised vaccine procurement and distribution regulations. The updated policy calls for vigilant record keeping by organizations in the supply chain and stronger regulatory oversight of each step in the pr...
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    CFDA’s Domestic Pharma Manufacturing Site Inspections Decline Significantly

    China’s Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) in 2015 inspected less than half the number of pharmaceutical manufacturers as compared with 2014, according to a recently released annual report from the Center for Food and Drug Inspection of CFDA. The report claims that as the number of domestic inspections has decreased significantly, “the proportion of enterprises going through rectification inspection and receiving Warning Letters has significantly increased, with the rat...
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    Asia Regulatory Roundup: China’s Anti-Corruption Agency Chides CFDA Over Loopholes (7 June 2016)

    Welcome to our Asia Regulatory Roundup, our weekly overview of the top regulatory news in Asia. China’s Anti-Corruption Agency Criticizes CFDA Over Regulatory Loopholes An inspection of China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) by the country’s anti-corruption agency has led to the publication of a litany of alleged failings at the regulator. The graft group is calling for CFDA to standardize its review, approval and inspection processes to eliminate the “many loopho...
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    Asia Regulatory Roundup: India Calls for Local Trials Ahead of Dengue Vaccine Launch (10 May 2016)

    Welcome to our Asia Regulatory Roundup, our weekly overview of the top regulatory news in Asia. Indian Committee Rejects Sanofi’s Request for Dengue Vaccine Trial Waiver A top-ranking Indian health committee has rejected Sanofi’s request to bring its dengue vaccine to market without data from locally run Phase III trials. The ruling by the health apex committee follows positive responses from two other panels, which felt the waiving the requirement for a local Phase I...
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    Asia Regulatory Roundup: CFDA Proposes Sourcing Requirements for Drug, Device Companies (3 May 2016)

    Welcome to our Asia Regulatory Roundup, our weekly overview of the top regulatory news in Asia. CFDA Proposes Sourcing Requirements for Drug, Device Firms as Traceability Agenda Gathers Pace The China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) has released another piece of its proposed strategy for implementing a traceability system across the country. In the latest text, the regulator has set out plans to make drug manufacturers assess the quality of their raw material sup...
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    Asia Regulatory Roundup: CFDA Looks to Overhaul Supply Chain Controls Amid Vaccine Scandal (19 April 2016)

    Welcome to our Asia Regulatory Roundup, our weekly overview of the top regulatory news in Asia. CFDA Outlines Supply Chain Overhaul Following Vaccine Scandal The China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) has outlined plans to overhaul regulation of the supply chain in the wake of a vaccine scandal currently engulfing the country. Officials are looking to implement a full vaccine traceability system, strengthen oversight of the cold chain and reform the centralized pr...