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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...
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    COVID-19 IVD test kits: Expedited response by Asian regulatory authorities

    After COVID-19 quickly spread from China to nearby Asian countries in early 2020, regulatory authorities in those neighboring countries adapted rapidly to introduce regulatory pathways for approval of in vitro diagnostic (IVD) test kits to facilitate widespread testing and halt spread of the disease. An additional challenge was that authorities had to work around strict quarantine restrictions, and applications and consultations had to be conducted online instead of in per...
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    ICH updates focus on patient-focused drug development, nitrosamines

    The International Council for Harmonisation (ICH) has shared an update on its initiatives, revealing recent progress in areas including its position on elemental impurities and the role patients can play in drug development.   ICH met virtually last month in lieu of a face-to-face gathering that was to take place in Greece. At the event, ICH’s second virtual gathering of 2020, the management committee re-elected FDA’s Theresa Mullin for another one-year term as manag...
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    November's Regulatory Focus: US, China, and EU: Regulatory and strategic considerations

    Feature articles during November focused on a range of topics, including a comparison of US drug regulatory pathways with those in China, as well as the application of EU and US guidelines during product development for advanced therapies. The line-up also included articles on the challenges in getting contemporaneous approval for medicines and companion diagnostics, and the importance of early planning in preparation for the transition to the EU In Vitro Diagnostic Devi...
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    Comparison of pharmaceutical development drug regulatory pathways in the US and China

    The US has the largest pharmaceutical market in the world, as well as the highest expenditure in research and development (R&D). Right behind the US is China, in second place, as it steadily closes the gap, with increasing government investment in R&D and programs promoting the development of innovative medicines targeting the global market. To close that gap, there should be a strong R&D infrastructure, effective intellectual property protection, integration in global sta...
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    Regulation of cell and gene therapy products in China

    This article provides an overview of the Chinese regulations and guidance documents for cell and gene therapy products (CGTPs).   Introduction As early as 1993, Chinese regulators provided guidance on clinical research for somatic cell and gene therapy. More regulations, laws, and guidances have since been published, either specific to, or including, CGTPs. The two most recent publications have been draft guidelines for clinical studies for immune cell therapy produc...
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    Drug mutagenicity, proarrhythmic potential addressed in pair of FDA guidances

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued two new draft International Council on Harmonisation (ICH) guidelines for public consultation.   A question-and-answer (Q&A) guidance on clinical and nonclinical evaluation of QT/QTc interval prolongation and proarrhythmic potential of medicines was published in draft form by FDA on 29 September; the guidance is currently in ICH Step 2b, awaiting consultation from the Council's participating countries. The draft guid...
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    Regulatory Focus, August issue: Global clinical trials, clinical trial applications

    Feature articles during August focused on global clinical trials and clinical trial applications, with articles on regulatory options for conducting clinical trials in China, a case study on the impact of COVID-19 on submissions to European authorities, and an examination of Canada’s application process and alternate pathway for COVID-19‒related trials. Also included was an article on US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) updates on requirement for EUAs for diagnostics sup...
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    Initiating clinical trials in China: What foreign MedTech companies need to do

    This article discusses recent changes to clinical trial regulation in China. The author suggests that Chinese clinical trials for medical devices and in vitro diagnostic device (IVD) products are an increasingly viable option for non-Chinese companies of all sizes.   Introduction: China’s regulatory framework Most life sciences products sold in China, including medical devices and IVDs, are supervised by the National Medical Products Administration (NMPA), formerly k...
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    Current Chinese NMPA clinical pathways for medical device registration

    This article presents the key highlights of the current clinical pathways for registering medical devices in China and discusses when the various clinical pathways should be used, based on the country's National Medical Products Administration (NMPA) regulations and guidances. Introduction The NMPA, 1 formerly known as the China Food and Drug Administration, is the Chinese agency responsible for regulating drugs and medical devices. In addition to the national NMPA, ...
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    ICH updates: E14 consultation, Health Canada implements M9 guideline

    The International Council for Harmonisation (ICH) on Thursday announced its E14/S7B draft questions and answers guideline on clinical and nonclinical evaluation of QT/QTc interval and proarrhythmic potential has reached Step 2b of the ICH process.   On Friday, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) opened a three-month public consultation to gather feedback on the document. ICH will also be hosting a two-day public meeting to provide a high-level overview of the docum...