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    China’s digital health regulatory framework for SaMD

    There is no specific definition in the People’s Republic of China regulatory framework clarifying the term “digital health,” but there is general acceptance that the term refers to digital technologies applied across the healthcare sector. 1,2 This article describes recent updates to the regulatory framework for digital health applications that qualify as medical devices under China’s regulations.   Keywords – China, digital health, regulatory   Introduction...
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    ARTICLE OF THE YEAR: The linguistic review process in the centralized procedure in the EU

    In the EU and European Economic Area (EEA), certain products receive marketing authorization through the centralized procedure (CP). Following this, a number of documents, such as the product information (PI), require translation into all 24 EU and EEA official languages. The translations provided by the marketing authorisation holder (MAH) are approved by the corresponding EU member states. This review and approval process of the 24 languages is known as the linguistic re...
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    FINALIST Maximizing the potential of the FDA assessment aid: Genentech’s experience

    The assessment aid (AAid), an initiative of the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) Oncology Center of Excellence (OCE), was introduced in 2018 as a pilot program to help streamline the agency’s review of oncology drug applications. In this article, Genentech shares its experience with the AAid to date and provides recommendations for preparing the AAid and improving the process to fully realize its benefits. Keywords – assessment aid, FDA OCE pilots, oncology dr...
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    FDA explains the ins and outs of real-time oncology review program in new guidance

    Cancer drugs under development that show substantial promise over existing therapies and have simple study designs, as well as easy to interpret endpoints, may qualify for a head-start review from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). While the drug will ultimately be reviewed under the same user fee time frame as other products, it may help speed up the review process for sponsors.   On 22 July, FDA published a draft guidance titled, Real-Time Oncology Review (...
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    A history of expedited pathways: Breakthrough therapy designation, PRIME, Sakigake, and ILAP

    It can take at least a year to 18 months to get a new medicinal product approved in the US, European Union, or United Kingdom. Over the last decade, regulators have introduced initiatives to shorten the time to market for medicines that address seriously debilitating and life-threatening conditions. This article reviews the initiation and achievements of US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) breakthrough therapy designation (BTD), the European Medicines Agency’s (EMA) ...
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    June’s Regulatory Focus: Nutrition in health and disease management

    Feature articles in June examined food safety in China, US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) guidance on supply chain disruptions, possible updates to the US Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA), and FDA and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) regulation of dietary supplements intended for treating or preventing certain mental health disorders.   Safety, disruptions, and responsive policy  China has improved its overall food safety situation significant...
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    An update of China’s food safety regulatory framework

    This article reviews the changes in China's national food safety control system and update on national food safety standard system and describes the country's unique regulations and requirements for the regulatory control of infant formula, health foods (functional foods), and food for special medical purposes (FSMP). Keywords – infant formula; food for special medical purposes; food regulatory control; food safety; food standards   Introduction Since the m...
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    Expedited pathways: Breakthrough therapy designation, PRIME, and innovative licensing & access

    Abstract Over the last decade, regulators have introduced initiatives to reduce time to approval for medicines that address an unmet medical need. This article compares the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) breakthrough therapy designation (BTD), the European Medicine’s Agency’s (EMA’s) PRIority MEdicines (PRIME) scheme, and the innovative licensing and access pathway (ILAP) from the UK’s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) and reviews th...
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    Regulatory review of advertising on streaming media

    This article discusses advertising on streaming media and what regulatory reviewers need to take into consideration when reviewing online videos.   Introduction Television. One word, many meanings – it could be the wide-screen home TV, the latest Hulu-exclusive series we binge-watch on an iPad, or the 5-minute Snapchat original series that releases a new episode every week. There is no shortage of places for consumers to view video content outside of a traditional ...
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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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    Effectiveness of the rare pediatric disease priority review voucher program

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) awards priority review vouchers (PRVs) as an incentive to encourage development of therapeutics for underserved medical needs. The program, introduced in 2007 for neglected tropical diseases, was expanded to include rare pediatric diseases in 2012 and medical countermeasures in 2016. Of these three programs, the most successful has been for rare pediatric diseases, with studies indicating the pediatric PRV program stimulates clinic...
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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...