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    EC updates Clinical Trial Regulation Q&As ahead of January go-live

    The European Commission has issued an updated question-and-answer guidance clarifying certain aspects of the Clinical Trials Regulation (CTR), which is set to go into effect this January.   The revision clarifies that active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) used in investigational medical products do not have to comply with good manufacturing practices (GMPs) in the clinical trial application, describes the content of the protocol synopsis, and adds a new question o...
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    EMA readies CTIS go-live plan

    A new electronic information system for clinical trial reporting in the EU is one step closer to launch with the European Medicines Agency’s (EMA’s) Thursday publication of a go-live planning document.   The 12-page document covers key steps remaining before the launch of the Clinical Trial Information System (CTIS), planned for 31 January 2022, and follows an April 2021 audit by EMA’s management board that confirmed that CTIS is “fully functional and meets the agreed ...
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    ICH announces sign-off on good clinical practices guideline

    The International Council for Harmonization (ICH) recently announced that the E8(R1) guideline on general considerations for clinical studies had reached Step 4 and is awaiting sign-off by regulators. The widely anticipated guideline modernizes the design, conduct and reporting of clinical trials by adopting quality by design principles. The guideline incorporates “current concepts achieving fit-for-purpose data quality.”   ICH announced that “the modernisation of IC...
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    New guide to clinical trial lay summaries available for EU sponsors

    The European Commission (EC) has laid out recommendations on best practices for preparation, translation and dissemination of lay summaries of clinical trial information, intended both for trial participants and the general public, in a newly published document.   The EC’s Clinical Trials Expert Group (CTEG) adopted the guidelines in July 2021; the 85-page document walks users through the lay summary (LS) process from the planning and scoping stage, through the develop...
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    FDA drafts safety reporting guidance for drug and device investigators

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has released draft guidance for clinical trial investigators outlining their safety reporting duties for investigational drugs and devices.   The draft , published on 29 September 2021, is focused exclusively on the role of investigators – not sponsors – and merges past final guidance from 2009 and 2012 on safety reporting that was previously mixed in with advice to sponsors. The prior guidance will remain in effect until the new ...
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    Challenges and opportunities in medical device clinical trials in Europe

    In mid-2021, a survey was launched to evaluate where European medical device manufacturers and pharmaceutical companies see the greatest challenges in clinical trials and which trends they envision in this area in coming years. The top challenges included lack of personnel, time investments, complexity of the study protocol, the identification of suitable subjects, and data analysis and publication. Although most participants had not yet conducted decentralized trials, mor...
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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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    Tips for avoiding regulatory pitfalls in pediatric drug development

    Developers can improve their chances of success in getting pediatric drugs to market by consulting early with regulators in the US and the EU, understanding regulatory precedence and current context, and having a clearly defined clinical study design, experts advised at RAPS Convergence 2021.   One of the common hurdles in developing a pediatric drug product is navigating the different regulatory requirements in the US and Europe, said Linda McBride, a regulatory consu...
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    Clinical trial site remote monitoring may suffice: Updated FDA guidance

      Remote monitoring to oversee clinical trials has been one of the flexibilities the US Food and Drug Agency (FDA) has, in some cases, permitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Now that some pandemic-related restrictions are lifted, though, does remotely obtained site information “count,” or do these sites need to be re-monitored in person?   To respond to this knowledge gap, a new question and accompanying answer (Q and A) have been appended to the final guidance docu...
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    Groups suggest changes to FDA’s guidance expanding eligibility criteria for oncology trials

    While groups expressed overwhelming support for the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) draft guidance expanding eligibility criteria for investigational oncology trials, some comments discouraged the agency from taking an approach that dichotomizes the curative and non-curative setting; a pharmaceutical firm suggested that safety data be combined for some investigations performed in curative and non-curative settings.   Among the recommendations of the draft gu...
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    Working group: More guidance needed on MRD in myeloma trials

    A working group formed to consider the use of minimal residual disease (MRD) in the treatment of multiple myeloma and the development of new therapies has issued a call for additional regulatory guidance on the use of MRD as a marker in clinical trials.   The working group, a collaboration of advocacy organizations, patients, research foundations, academic, government agencies and industry, was initially convened in 2016 by the Foundation for the National Institutes of...
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    CTIS set to launch in EU; sponsor guide now online

    The European Commission (EC) has affirmed that it plans to launch the Clinical Trials Information System by the end of January 2022, as part of its broader efforts to modernize and streamline the conduct and oversight of clinical trials in the EU.   “The pandemic has clearly shown the importance of efficient clinical trials that do not compromise on rigorous safety and efficacy standards,” said Stella Kyriakides, EC commissioner for health and food safety, speaking o...