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    Unannounced FDA inspections in India, China to begin soon

    An official with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the agency will soon resume unannounced onsite inspections in India and China. Also, prioritized foreign inspections will resume in February.   Elizabeth Miller, assistant commissioner for medical products and tobacco operations in FDA’s Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA), provided this update on the agency’s inspection activities at a 9 December virtual conference on enforcement sponsored by the Fo...
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    China’s data localization‒centric policies and their impact on human research

    This article reviews Chinese laws governing healthcare data and genomic resources during 1998-2021 and their impact on clinical research in humans by pharmaceutical companies. Companies conducting such research must be vigilant about complying with the complex legal requirements governing the research and identifying potential risks and mitigation strategies for compliance. The analysis includes review of various legal requirements issued by the People’s Republic of China ...
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    Antifreeze and APIs don't mix, FDA tells Syntec

    The US Food and Drug Administration has warned New York-based pharmaceutical manufacturer Syntec for a litany of good manufacturing practice (GMP) problems. The agency says that issues related to how the firm handles active pharmaceutical ingredients (API) compromise the safety of the drugs produced at the site.   Among the problems found by FDA at the firm’s site in Farmingdale, NY, were inadequate contamination safeguards, as well as lax cleaning and testing proced...
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    PIC/S finalizes GMP data integrity guidance

    This week, the Pharmaceutical Inspection Co-operation Scheme (PIC/S) announced that its new guidance on good practices for data management and integrity for pharmaceutical manufacturers and distributors has come into effect.   When authorities inspect facilities of manufacturers and distributors of active pharmaceutical ingredients to ensure good manufacturing practice and good distribution practice (GMP/GDP) compliance, “The effectiveness of these inspection processes...
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    Biden administration outlines plan to address US supply chain vulnerabilities

    The United States is taking steps to address vulnerabilities in US supply chains, according to a new report published by the White House.   These steps include improving domestic manufacturing of critical medicines and active pharmaceutical ingredients, increasing investments in sustainable domestic supply chains, and better monitoring of supply chain disruptions, the Biden administration said.   On Monday, the Biden administration released a report of findings f...
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    Regulatory update for SaMD and AI product approvals in China

    This article outlines the status of regulation for software as medical device (SaMD) in China, with particular focus on medical software using artificial intelligence (AI) technology. The market approval pathways are reviewed, and key sticking points discussed. Recent regulatory updates in this fast-moving area are presented, together with various product approval examples.   China’s medical software regulatory framework The term “medical device” is defined widely ...
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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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    FDA officials address 'complete assessments' at DMF workshop

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) held a question-and-answer webinar on 9 April to help the generic drug industry avoid problems with their Type II active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) drug master files (DMFs). Such mishaps can potentially derail the agency’s on-time review of generic drug applications.   The 3-hour webinar covered such topics as fee payments, completeness assessments, impurity assessments, facility identification and selecting starting mater...
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    RF Quarterly, March 2021: Global clinical trials

    Welcome to the inaugural issue of RF Quarterly featuring original, thematically developed content by regulatory experts addressing key areas and emerging issues in the global regulatory landscape. RF Quarterly is a member-exclusive addition to the regular monthly  Regulatory Focus  feature articles and replaces the former quarterly article series. The theme for this issue is Global Clinical Trials.   Clinical trials are an essential component of pharmaceutical re...
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    Initiating clinical trials in China: What foreign medtech companies need to do

    This article discusses numerous recent changes in the regulation of clinical trials in China and proposes that Chinese clinical trials for medical device and in vitro diagnostic device (IVD) products are an increasingly viable option for non-Chinese companies of all sizes. [Updated]*   China’s regulatory framework Most life sciences products, including medical devices and IVDs, sold in China are supervised by the National Medical Products Administration (NMPA).  The ...
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    February's Regulatory Focus: Global and regional harmonization and alignment

    Feature articles during February included a range of topics focused on harmonization and alignment across global and regional regulatory entities, including electronic submissions through the European Medicines Agency (EMA), tools for updating the EU In Vitro Diagnostic Regulation (EU IVDR) template, China’s new PAC regulation, Project Orbis and improving patients access to new therapies, as well as a report on medtech companies’ preparation for EU Medical Device Regulatio...
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    China’s new PAC regulation: Closer alignment with global best practices

    This article is a summarized translation of the most recent regulation published by China’s National Medical Products Administration (NMPA) on postapproval changes (PACs). The author provides an overview of the regulation and its annexes for PACs and discusses their impact on manufacturing site change management, change classification determination and consultation, and reporting categories.   Introduction On 13 January 2020, the NMPA published an announcement on t...