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    FDA finalizes certificates of confidentiality guidance

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) finalized its guidance explaining how sponsors can request certificates of confidentiality (CoC) meant to protect the privacy of clinical trial participants.   “By protecting researchers from being compelled to disclose identifiable, sensitive information about the research participants, CoCs help protect the identity of the research participants and achieve the objectives of the research,” FDA writes.   FDA explains that t...
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    FDA offers strategies to streamline schizophrenia drug trials

    Shortening the length of clinical trials and simplifying the symptom scale are two strategies that could help make schizophrenia drug trials less costly and more efficient, according to study findings from scientists at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).   Schizophrenia drug developers face several obstacles when evaluating treatments, including high patient dropout rates in trials, modest treatment effects, high placebo response, and uncertainty about which ...
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    Euro Convergence: Pragmatic approaches to data collection needed to meet MDR

    Manufacturers have a narrowing window of opportunity during which to find pragmatic ways for gathering post-market data to support continued use of products under the Medical Device Regulation (MDR), according to experts who spoke at the Euro Convergence 2020 virtual meeting.   The outgoing Medical Device Directive (MDD) contains scant information on post-market surveillance (PMS) and post-market clinical follow-up (PMCF). MDD contains two uses of the term PMS, creatin...
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    EMA offers new Q&A on data monitoring committees

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) on Thursday released a new guideline offering nine questions and answers on issues related to the role of data monitoring committees (DMCs) in the conduct and management of clinical trials.   EMA explains that the recommendations of DMCs are not binding for trial sponsors, but that sponsors should justify and document and instances where such recommendations are not followed.   “The ultimate responsibility for a clinical trial re...
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    CONSORT-AI sets standards for reporting on artificial intelligence in trials

    A new consensus statement, dubbed the CONSORT-AI extension, lays out the rules of the road for clinical trial reports on interventions involving artificial intelligence (AI).   The statement, which was published in Nature Medicine and written by an international working group, includes 14 new items for researchers to routinely include in their manuscripts when reporting on AI interventions.   The statement calls on researchers who report on trials that include AI...
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    Adverse event reporting clarified in FDA’s COVID-19 clinical trial guidance

    Investigators of new drugs must continue to send safety reports of serious and unexpected adverse events to their institutional review boards during the public health emergency of the novel coronavirus pandemic, according to an updated guidance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).    The updated information came on 21 September 2020 in the form of a new addition to the questions and answers in the FDA's guidance on conduct of clinical trials of medical pro...
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    EMA finalizes pediatric trial preparedness framework

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has released the final version of a framework for pediatric clinical trial preparedness. The final document aims to “increase the likelihood of a smooth and timely course of a paediatric clinical trial, integrating information from multiple stakeholders on what is possible within individual studies and therefore also for the overall drug development plan within which a trial is embedded,” according to EMA.   This framework’s releas...
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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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    Canada extends non-COVID clinical trial review times

    Health Canada will have an additional 15 days to review clinical trial applications for drugs that are unrelated to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic through 16 November, after Canada’s Minister of Health Patricia Hajdu ordered the extension last week.   Normally, Health Canada has 30 days to review clinical trial applications and amendments for drugs submitted under Division 5 of the country’s Food and Drug Regulations . If the agency does not object to a...
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    Draft AML guidance takes targeted therapies into account

    The US Food and Drug Administration(FDA)  has issued a new draft guidance for developers of drugs and biologics to treat acute myeloid leukemia (AML).   The new draft guidance takes into account a shift in the treatment landscape for AML as new targeted treatments are being developed for this and other cancers. "In some cases, these newer approaches may extend survival without the prospect for cure, but extending survival may be a meaningful benefit for patients who wo...