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    EMA management board report: COVID coping, CTIS updates and more

    The management board of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) gave a generally positive assessment of the agency’s work through the COVID-19 pandemic, according to recently released highlights of the board’s June meeting.   The board has begun the process of conducting a formal reflection on lessons learned from the pandemic, with a more detailed discussion expected when the board reconvenes in October.   EMA’s board also reviewed the agency’s 2020 annual report publ...
  • EC proposes crisis-related devices role for EMA

    The European Council (EC) has proposed that the European Medicines Agency (EMA) take a stronger role in crisis management and preparedness, increasing its administrative oversight of medicinal products and also medical devices during emergencies such as the recent COVID-19 pandemic.   The proposal, first drafted in November 2020, is part of a triad of documents “aiming to strengthen the EU's health security framework and to reinforce the crisis preparedness and respons...
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    Brexit, COVID-19 headline EMA’s 2020 annual report

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) started 2020 by wrapping up challenges associated with the UK’s decision to leave the EU, only to run headlong into additional challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. In the annual report that also marked the agency’s 25 th anniversary, EMA outlined a year that looked different than most.   “As the scientific body in charge of the regulation of medicines, EMA had an essential part to play in ensuring treatments and vaccines ...
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    Recon: Novavax COVID-19 vax 90%-plus effective; GSK pays big for Iteos' TIGIT-targeted immunotherapy

    Welcome to Regulatory Reconnaissance, your daily regulatory news and intelligence briefing.   In Focus: US Novavax Offers U.S. a Fourth Strong Covid-19 Vaccine ( NYT ) ( NPR ) ( Reuters ) Another Sad Coronavirus Pandemic Milestone Is Approaching ( NPR ) U.S. Not On Pace To Meet Biden's Vaccination Goal ( NPR ) Eight states see rise in new COVID-19 infections ( The Hill ) U.S. has administered over 309 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines, CDC says ( CNBC ) How did ...
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    IVDR: MDCG charts rollout in new implementation plan

    The European Commission’s Medical Device Coordination Group (MDCG) this week released its joint implementation and preparedness plan for the In Vitro Diagnostic Medical Devices Regulation (IVDR) set to take effect next May.   With the date of application of the Medical Devices Regulation (MDR) now in the rear view, MDCG’s attention is turned to challenges on the horizon related to IVDR. MDCG previously released a joint implementation plan for MDR in March 2020, bef...
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    Euro Roundup: HRPA posts 5-year plan as it emerges from ‘twin challenges’ of Brexit and COVID

    Ireland’s Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA) has published its strategic plan for 2021 to 2025. HPRA set out five goals intended to help it emerge from the “twin challenges of Brexit and COVID-19” and deliver better outcomes for people and animals.   The five goals are titled health system partnerships, progressive regulation, communication and engagement, enabling innovation and great people, great processes. By engaging in activities that further those goals...
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    EMA preps for EU common standard on electronic product information

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) this week launched a stakeholder consultation on a draft EU common standard for electronic product information (ePI) for human medicines.   The common standard would provide a semi-structured template for ePI incorporating the authorized, statutory product information for medicines, including the summary of product characteristics (SmPC), labeling and package leaflet. EMA says that ePI will be better suited “for electronic handling a...
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    Euro Roundup: Switzerland moves to mitigate split from EU on device regulation

    Switzerland has adopted supplemental provisions to its new Medical Devices Ordinance (MedDO) to soften the impact of its split from the European Union. The action comes as the failure to update a mutual recognition agreement (MRA) erects barriers to trade between Switzerland and the EU.   Swiss medical device manufacturers have enjoyed barrier-free access to the EU single market since 2001. However, the EU refused to consider updating the MRA in light of the new EU ...
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    Industry and patient groups call for IVDR delay

    In the wake of the 26 May EU implementation of the new medical device Regulation (MDR), a trade group, a patient association and a data analytics firm have jointly called for a delay in implementation of the parallel In Vitro Diagnostics Regulation (IVDR), now slated for 26 May 2022. Without a course correction, the organizations cite the potential for serious disruptions in patient care, especially in targeted therapies for cancer patients.   With just a year to go ...
  • Ophthalmic manufacturers get UDI guidance from MDCG

    In a new position paper, the EU’s Medical Device Coordination Group (MDCG) has provided detailed information about device identifiers for eyeglass and lens manufacturers.   The position paper is meant to clarify how manufacturers of spectacle lenses and “ready readers,” or non-prescription reading glasses, should address unique device identification (UDI) requirements under the newly applied Medical Devices Regulation (MDR).   Articles 10(7) and 27(3) of the MDR ob...
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    ATMP trade organizations call for GMO exemption in EU

    In a joint paper and press release, major trade associations for cell and gene therapy developers are calling for relaxation of EU regulations that treat these advanced therapies as genetically modified organisms (GMOs).   The Alliance for Regenerative Medicine (ARM), European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA), and the European Association of Bioindustries (EuropaBio) joined in the 24 May publication of the paper in Human Gene Therapy,...
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    Euro Roundup: MHRA seeks feedback on patient engagement strategy

    The UK Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) is seeking feedback on how it engages with patients and involves them in its activities. MHRA is initiating the review in the wake of criticism of how it responded to patient concerns about the safety of products such as surgical mesh.   In the consultation document, MHRA describes five strategic, patient-focused objectives and shares details on how it intends to achieve the goals. The first goal is to “...