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    MDCG issues guidance on Eudamed alternatives

    The European Commission’s Medical Device Coordination Group (MDCG) last week issued guidance on administrative practices and alternative technical solutions on the application of certain Medical Device Regulation (MDR) provisions in the absence of a fully functional Eudamed system.   While the first of six Eudamed modules was made available late last year, the remaining modules are expected to be rolled out by the database’s May 2022 date of application. Some modules, ...
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    EU regulators expand use of remote source data verification in clinical trials

    The latest update to the European Commission and European Medicines Agency’s guidance on managing clinical trials conducted during the COVID-19 pandemic expands the use and scope of remote source data verification (rSDV) in clinical trials.   Previous versions of the guidance envisioned that rSDV would “only be considered necessary for very few trials” involving the treatment or prevention of COVID-19, “Or in the final data cleaning steps before database lock in pivota...
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    December's Regulatory Focus: APL and the role of social media

    December 2020. It’s been just one year since we finished the last Regulatory Focus issue on advertising and labeling, yet it feels like a lifetime. In March, as the true impact of COVID-19 kicked in and we retreated from the office space to our home offices, it was hard to envision how we would prevail, both personally and professionally. But our industry, and particularly regulatory advertising and labeling, did not skip a beat and instead, stayed the course and perseve...
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    Leveraging digital/social media platforms to meet business goals: A US case study

    This article discusses considerations for compliantly leveraging digital and social media platforms to meet pharmaceutical business objectives in the US. The authors outline the approach of Otsuka America Pharmaceutical Inc in developing processes, reviewing and approving digital/social media content, and electronic Form FDA 2253 submissions of related promotional materials.   Introduction Since the onset of social media in the early 2000s, pharmaceutical manufacture...
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    BSI UK Becomes Second NB Designated Under IVDR

    The European Commission on Monday updated its NANDO database to include BSI Assurance UK Ltd as the second notified body (NB) designated under the In Vitro Diagnostic Regulation (IVDR). BSI said it is the first NB to achieve full scope designation, which covers all devices for IVDR. "This includes several new categories of devices with specific characteristics that were not covered by the In Vitro Diagnostics Directive [IVDD] such as cancer tests, genetic tests, physiol...
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    MDR/IVDR Guidance: MDCG Explains What’s Coming

    The European Commission’s Medical Device Coordination Group (MDCG) on Friday unveiled its plans for releasing almost 50 future guidance documents related to the Medical Devices Regulation (MDR) and the In Vitro Diagnostic Regulation (IVDR), with the bulk of the new guidance coming on the oversight of notified bodies (NBs) and clinical investigations and evaluation (CIE). The list also notes that much of the guidance will be endorsed by the MDCG later this year or in 202...
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    EC Publishes New Guidelines on Good Clinical Practices for ATMPs

    Thanks to a 2007 regulation on advanced therapy medicinal products (ATMPs), the European Commission (EC) on Wednesday released new guidelines on the good clinical practice (GCP) requirements for these complex and innovative products that can include gene and cell therapies. The 15-page guidelines discuss clinical trial design, non-clinical studies, quality of the investigational ATMPs, the safe conduct of the clinical trial, upstream interventions on subjects and admini...
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    Classifying Software Under MDR, IVDR: New Guidance From MDCG

    The European Commission’s Medical Device Coordination Group (MDCG) on Friday released guidance to help medical software manufacturers understand the criteria for the qualification of software under the new EU Medical Devices Regulation (MDR) and In Vitro Diagnostic Regulation (IVDR). The guidance discusses certain types of software that would be classified under MDR or IVDR, such as software that can directly control a (hardware) medical device (e.g. radiotherapy treatm...
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    MDR Guidance Addresses Transitional Provisions

    The European Commission’s Medical Device Coordination Group (MDCG) on Friday released guidance to further explain Article 120(2) of the EU Medical Devices Regulation (MDR), which says that certificates issued in accordance with the previous device directives will remain valid until 27 May 2024. The MDCG notes that Article 120(3) of MDR establishes that the notified body that issued a device certificate continues to be responsible for the appropriate device surveillance ...
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    EC Offers MDR Guidance on New Safety and Clinical Performance Summary

    The European Commission’s Medical Device Coordination Group recently released guidance to help manufacturers create a new summary of safety and clinical performance (SSCP), as required by the EU’s Medical Devices Regulation (MDR) for implantable devices and for class III devices that are not custom-made or investigational. The SSCP, which will be validated by a notified body (NB) and made publicly available via the EU database on devices known as Eudamed, is expected to...
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    TÜV Rheinland Becomes 5th Notified Body Designated Under MDR

    The European Commission on Thursday announced that Germany’s TÜV Rheinland is the fifth notified body (NB) to be designated under the EU’s Medical Devices Regulation (MDR). A TÜV Rheinland spokesperson told Focus that beginning tomorrow, "we are accepting applications under MDR. We have also applied under IVDR [in vitro diagnostic regulation]. Our JAT [joint assessment team] audit under IVDR is scheduled to be during the first week of December and we expect to have ou...
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    EC Explains New MDR, IVDR Rules for Designating Expert Device Panels

    The European Commission (EC) on Wednesday published an implementing decision on how new medical device expert panels will be designated under the Medical Devices Regulation (MDR) and In Vitro Diagnostic Regulation (IVDR). The panels will provide scientific, technical and clinical assistance to the EC, the Medical Device Coordination Group (MDCG), member states, notified bodies and device manufacturers. In particular, the implementing decision notes that notified bodies ...