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    EMA Weighs New Guideline on Quality Requirements for Combination Products

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) on Thursday released for public consultation a new concept paper on developing a guideline on quality requirements of medicinal products containing a device component for delivery or use of the medicinal product. EMA says the guideline will consider the data requirements with respect to quality aspects in relation to the safety and performance of the medical device, whether it is an integral component of the medicinal product or a stan...
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    CDRH Warns Three Foreign Medical Device Manufacturers

    The US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) on Tuesday released three warning letters sent to medical device manufacturers in Taiwan, China and South Korea. Among other violations, the warning letter for Taiwan-based HMD Biomedical, which manufactures GoodLife AC 300-305 Self-Monitoring Blood Glucose, says the company did not establish and maintain procedures for validating the device’s design, nor did it provide trainin...
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    When Can Drugmakers Cite Quality Standards From Foreign Compendia? FDA Explains

    An updated Manual of Policies and Procedures (MAPP) for the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Office of Pharmaceutical Quality (OPQ) lays out when drug sponsors and applicants can propose specifications for excipients, drug substances and drug products in their applications based on quality standards in the British Pharmacopoeia (BP), the European Pharmacopoeia (EP) or the Japanese Pharmacopoeia (JP). Updated from 2007 and 2014 versions, the MAPP says that such ci...
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    European Regulatory Roundup: EMA Maps International Regulatory Coordination (12 January 2017)

    Welcome to our European Regulatory Roundup, our weekly overview of the top EU regulatory news. EMA Maps International Regulatory Coordination Initiatives to Show Overlaps, Gaps The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has mapped cooperative regulatory initiatives to better understand how and where international peers are working together. EMA found there were a “myriad of initiatives but no strategic coordination,” prompting it to warn regulators are duplicating effo...
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    The Measure of Quality

    This article details how regulatory professionals can measure the quality of the outputs generated from the quality department. Additionally, the terms Quality Assurance (QA), Quality Control (QC) and quality management are often erroneously used interchangeably. Included are details about how these terms differ. So often we hear about how important quality is and that companies take pride in their quality or are focused on quality. It is one thing to suspect or to try...
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    FDA Revises Quality Metrics Guidance, Says Program Will Be Voluntary Until 2018

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Wednesday released a revised version of its proposal to collect quality metrics data from drugmakers in response to protests from industry. Under the revised draft, FDA says the program will begin with a voluntary phase that will run into 2018, after which the agency says it intends to make the program mandatory. The revised draft guidance also narrows the scope of the program by cutting the number of metrics the agency plans...
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    How Will ISO 13485:2016 Impact Your Relationship With Suppliers?

    • 22 November 2016
    This article covers how the new ISO 13485 standard 1 affects risk management for suppliers. The 2016 revision to ISO 13485 may have profound implications for the medical device industry. The updated standard will alter the way device makers interact with suppliers, from supplier selection to the management of supplier relationships. What the new Standard Says About Risk One particularly notable change with ISO 13485:2016 2 is the addition of more explicit ris...
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    How Will ISO 13485:2016 Impact Your Relationship With Suppliers?

    This article covers how the new ISO 13485 standard 1 affects risk management for suppliers. The 2016 revision to ISO 13485 may have profound implications for the medical device industry. The updated standard will alter the way device makers interact with suppliers, from supplier selection to the management of supplier relationships. What the new Standard Says About Risk One particularly notable change with ISO 13485:2016 2 is the addition of more explicit ris...
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    US, EU Look to Mutually Recognize GMP Inspections by January 2017

    The US and EU say they have made more progress on harmonizing good manufacturing practice (GMP) inspections and could reach a deal by January 2017, according to a report on the 15th round of negotiations for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). Progress on mutually recognizing GMP inspection has been ongoing since June , particularly as the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has observed at least eight audits since 2014 and as six additional aud...
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    New Report Investigates Use of Analytics to Measure Medical Device Quality

    The Case for Quality, a public-private partnership between the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Medical Device Innovation Consortium (MDIC), has released a new report on the feasibility and effectiveness of using analytics to measure medical device quality in healthcare decision-making. In order to measure these factors, a Case for Quality working group ran a pilot focusing on knee and defibrillator implants at seven hospitals to determine whether data, both...
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    FDA to Hold One Advisory Committee for Each Initial Biosimilar

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday clarified that it plans to hold only one advisory committee meeting for each of the first new biosimilars for a reference product, though it may hold more if there are particular issues or concerns with a specific biosimilar application. Marjorie Shapiro, chief of the laboratory of molecular and developmental immunology at FDA, told attendees at the annual PDA/FDA conference in Washington, DC, that the first biosimi...
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    FDA to Revise Draft Guidance on Quality Metrics Data

    The US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) on Monday offered a couple of revisions to its list of guidance documents for 2016. Most notably, a revision to the agency’s draft guidance on quality metrics is expected later this year. The revision on the quality metrics data draft comes as FDA has received 79 comments on the first draft released in July 2015, and as many at the PDA/FDA Joint Regulatory Conference on Monday i...