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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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    FDA Advisory Committee Calendar

    Regulatory Focus is pleased to team with Tarius , a regulatory information services provider, to routinely offer information about upcoming FDA Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) meetings for CDER, CBER, and the Office of the Commissioner. Upcoming Meetings   13 September – Allergenic Products Advisory Committee   The committee will discuss and make recommendations on the safety and efficacy of Peanut [Arachis hypogaea] Allergen Powder manufactured by Ai...
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    Researchers Find Most Expert Speakers at FDA ODAC Meetings Receive Sizable Industry Payments

    Experts speaking on behalf of a pharmaceutical company at US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Oncology Drug Advisory Committee (ODAC) meetings often receive hefty sums, raising questions about the relationships between the companies and the experts ahead of three ODAC meetings next week. “We found that most (92.1%) expert speakers at FDA ODAC meetings receive sizable industry payments (median, $35,435). We were unable to establish payments made from the specific ...
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    FDA To Disclose Unredacted Advisory Committee Members' CVs

    In a move toward more transparency, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Friday announced it would publicly disclose the unredacted curricula vitae (CVs) of advisory committee members. A consent form saying the member’s CV does not include any confidential information will need to be submitted, FDA said. Background FDA maintains about 50 advisory committees comprised of outside experts who weigh in on scientific and medical issues, and which typically convene ...
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    Asia Regulatory Roundup: CFDA Offers Technical Guidance on Clinical Trials (24 January 2017)

    Welcome to our Asia Regulatory Roundup, our weekly overview of the top regulatory news in Asia. CFDA Posts Comprehensive Technical Guidance on Clinical Trials China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) has released technical guidance on clinical trials, walking drug developers through the entire clinical research process, from preparing to run a first-in-human trial to designing post-marketing and pharmacogenomic studies. CFDA has created the document to provide ...
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    Asia Regulatory Roundup: TGA Offers Guidance on High-Risk IVD Online Applications (13 September 2016)

    Welcome to our Asia Regulatory Roundup, our weekly overview of the top regulatory news in Asia. TGA Posts Guide to Online Application Form for High-Risk IVDs TGA has released a guide to using its online application form for Class 4 in-house in vitro diagnostic (IVD) devices. In keeping with recent guides created by TGA, the IVD document is a comprehensive walkthrough of the process of applying online for devices that fall into the highest-risk category. Class 4 IV...
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    Asia Regulatory Roundup: TGA Tweaks GMP Inspection Closeout Process (17 May 2016)

    Welcome to our Asia Regulatory Roundup, our weekly overview of the top regulatory news in Asia. TGA Updates Process for Closeout of On-Site GMP Inspections Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has revised its process for handling the closeout of on-site good manufacturing practice (GMP) inspections. The updated process ends the practice of issuing close-out letters to manufacturers, with TGA choosing to communicate its closing messages in an inspection r...
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    Practices and Preferences of FDA Medical Device Advisory Committee Members

    This article describes, based on survey results, how Medical Device Advisory Committee members prepare for meetings and key factors influencing their thinking. For many Premarket Approval (PMA) submissions and supplements, a Medical Device Advisory Committee panel meeting is a required step toward product approval by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). In the last five years, the Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) has followed the advice of its co...
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    Which of FDA's Drug Advisory Committees Were Most Active in 2014?

    Each year, the US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) various advisory committees offer the agency dozens of recommendations on whether to approve new drugs, whether new policies are needed to better regulate drugs and whether an existing product should remain on the market. In 2014, some of those committees were more active than others. This article looks at FDA's pharmaceutical and scientific advisory committees and asks: Which committees were the most (and the leas...
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    India’s CDSCO Releases New Clinical Trial Guidelines

    India’s Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO) has released a slew of orders making a wide range of changes to the agency’s policies governing clinical trials.  New policies stated in the documents include: Sponsors, investigators, the regulator and Ethics Committees are responsible for ensuring that the design of placebo-controlled trials is appropriate, efficient and ethical; Investigators are limited to working on a maximum of three trials simultan...
  • 11 New Consumer Advocates to Join Advisory Committees in 2013

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is calling for the nomination of consumer representatives for its public advisory committees. FDA uses the advisory panels to review high-risk drug products or pressing issues that warrant a transparent discussion of the issues and allow for public comment. Though regulators are free to disregard the final opinions of the committee-and occasionally do, most often when the panel is deeply divided-the committees' opinions often for...
  • EMA Announces Huge Overhaul of Operations, Processes

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) is preparing to reorganize its operations, processes and offices in 2013, it has announced. In a statement released on its website on 19 December 2012, the agency said the overhaul will be "focused on increasing the efficiency of its scientific activities and information- and communication-technology operations." A particular focus will be placed on how it supports the mission of its scientific committees-the Committee for Medicinal P...