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    Recon: Abbott beats quarterly profit estimates; UK approves Penlon ventilator for COVID-19

    Editor’s note: Regulatory Recon will be undergoing some changes in the coming weeks as we fine tune its content and presentation to better align with the topics and industries it covers. We value your input as we adapt Recon going forward. Please write to news@raps.org if you have any comments or suggestions.   In Focus: US Chaotic search for coronavirus treatments undermines efforts, experts say ( Washington Post ) House Speaker Pelosi calls Trump WHO decision sen...
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    RAPS Honors Winners of Founder’s Award, Community Leadership Award and New Patient-Centered Health Award

    RAPS today recognized five distinguished individuals and one leading advocacy organization for contributions to the regulatory profession and to promoting public health.   “The Founder’s Award is RAPS’ highest honor,” said RAPS Executive Director Paul Brooks. “It recognizes exemplary professionals who have had a substantial and sustained impact over the course of their careers, shaping regulatory policy and practice, and advancing the regulatory profession.”   The ...
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    APEC Members See Increased Regulatory Convergence

    Countries involved in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) are better aligning their regulatory schemes related to drugs and medical devices, according to a new survey unveiled Monday at an APEC meeting in Chile. The survey shows how between 2008 and 2019, APEC countries are seeing modest increases in: Sharing information (from 16 APEC economies to 19 economies) Establishing confidentiality commitments (from 12 economies to 15) Sharing good manufacturing pr...
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    Canadian Regulator and Regulatory Experts to Speak at 2019 Convergence

    RAPS’ 2019 Regulatory Convergence in Philadelphia will include a session hosted by the Canadian Association of Professionals in Regulatory Affairs (CAPRA). RAPS and CAPRA enjoy a collegial relationship and have collaborated on a number of initiatives in recent years. RAPS is even offering CAPRA members the opportunity to attend this year’s Convergence at the RAPS member rate. This is the second consecutive year CAPRA has hosted a session within RAPS’ signature annua...
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    7 Things Attendees Love About the Regulatory Convergence

    RAPS’ signature annual event, the Regulatory Convergence , is a unique opportunity for the regulatory community to gather, reconnect, examine important issues together and exchange ideas face-to-face in a setting completely dedicated to the profession. It is the largest annual conference anywhere in the world for regulatory professionals working in the healthcare product space. For many, it is the one event they prioritize above all others to attend each year. This year...
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    Looking Back at the 2018 Regulatory Convergence: the Newsworthy and Noteworthy

    Attendees of RAPS’ 2018 Regulatory Convergence in Vancouver, 1–4 October, were among the first to learn about important developments and the latest news on topics including the coming EU Medical Device Regulation (MDR), the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) cybersecurity policies and the results of RAPS’ comprehensive global salary survey of regulatory professionals. The event also marked the first time RAPS’ annual gathering has been held in Canada. The confer...
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    CDRH Drafts New Framework to Create a Pediatric Device Safety Network

    A draft framework is in the works at the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to create an innovative safety net for pediatric medical devices, Vasum Peiris, Chief Medical Officer for pediatrics and special populations at the Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH), told Focus . The new framework is “centered around the fundamental issue of safety for children,” Peiris said, posing the question “where can we actually innovate safely?” Pediatric academic medic...
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    Cybersecurity: CDRH to Update 2014 Premarket Policies

    Ahead of a new US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) draft guidance set to be released in FY 2019, lead of cybersecurity initiatives at the Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) Suzanne Schwartz previewed policy changes at RAPS’ 2018 Convergence.   The US healthcare industry has become a target for cyberattacks over the past few years and this has been partly linked to inadequate device designs, which must undergo regulatory premarket reviews to mitigate cy...
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    CDRH Looks to Expand Case for Quality Program

    With plans to establish a full program next year, the Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) at the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently met its goal to complete at least 30 appraisals under the voluntary case for quality (CfQ) pilot program by year’s end. CDRH had already completed a total of 35 appraisals across 18 device companies, as of earlier this month, in collaboration with the Medical Device Innovation Consortium (MDIC) and the CMMI Institut...
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    CDRH Works to Develop Proposed De Novo Regulation

    The regulatory review pathway for novel devices will receive major policy clarifications by mid-2019, program lead at the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) said during a forum at RAPS’ 2018 Regulatory Convergence. The de novo program—established about 20 years ago as a mechanism to evaluate devices that are by statute automatically classified into Class III—saw an anomaly in 2017 prior to its first user fees, noted...
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    KPMG/RAPS Survey Digs in to Device Makers' EU MDR Preparedness

    A new report from KPMG and RAPS sheds light on how prepared medical device companies are for the new European medical device regulation (MDR) as the 2020 compliance deadline approaches.   The report, which is based on a survey conducted in June 2018, received responses from more than 200 regulatory and quality professionals at medical device companies worldwide. It was released during RAPS' 2018 Convergence in Vancouver, Canada.    One of the key findings relates t...
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    Brazil’s ANVISA to Eliminate Backlog of Applications

    Brazilian drug regulator ANVISA said Wednesday at RAPS’ Regulatory Convergence that it would eliminate a backlog of new and generic drug applications by January 2019. The elimination of the backlog will free the regulator up for new projects, and comes as more than 800 applications were backlogged as of January 2017, Raphael Sanches Pereira, general manager at ANVISA said. Pereira also said that ANVISA by the end of this year will make a proposal to rely on Certif...