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    Brazil Harmonizes Device Clinical Testing Requirements with International Standards

    Content provided by Emergo , a medical device regulatory affairs and quality assurance consulting firm with offices worldwide. ANVISA, Brazil’s medical device market regulatory agency, has published new requirements for conducting clinical testing of devices in the country. The new regulation,  RDC 10/2015  ( link in Portuguese ), establishes procedures and processes required to perform clinical testing, and also introduces clinical testing petitions that will ne...
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    New Health Canada Rules Cover Single-Use Reprocessed Devices

    Content provided by  Emergo , a medical deviceregulatory affairs and quality assurance consulting firm with offices worldwide. Canadian medical device market regulator Health Canada will begin requiring all reprocessed single-use medical devices to follow Canadian Medical Device Regulations (CMDR) by 1 September 2016. According to Canadian medical technology trade group MEDEC, the new  requirement  will apply to all commercially reprocessed single-use devices, but...
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    New Guidance Clarifies Saudi Labeling Requirements for Medical Devices

    Content provided by  Emergo , a medical device regulatory affairs and quality assurance consulting firm with offices worldwide. The Saudi Food & Drug Authority (SFDA) has issued new guidance on labeling requirements for medical devices approved for sale in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA). The guidance  clarifies labeling rules previously included in the Saudi Medical Devices Interim Regulation more so than adds any new or altered requirements. Among the key clarifi...
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    New User Fees Set for Foreign Medical Device Manufacturers in China

    Content provided by Emergo , a medical device regulatory affairs and quality assurance consulting firm with offices worldwide. Chinese medical device market regulator China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) has published a draft table of user fees for medical device registrants, and is expected to begin enforcing fee requirements in March 2015. CFDA registration fees will not be insubstantial: Imported Class II device registrants will be charged about $34,000 f...
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    Key Changes to South Korean KGMP, IVD Regulations Set for 2015

    Content provided by Emergo , a medical device regulatory affairs and quality assurance consulting firm with offices worldwide. South Korean medical device regulators will implement significant changes affecting compliance requirements for  in vitro  diagnostic (IVD) registration as well as for Korean Good Manufacturing Practice (KGMP) audits over the course of 2015. According to Emergo consultants in Seoul, officials at the South Korean Ministry for Food and Drug...
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    New Bill Would Reduce FDA Burden on Research-Use Devices

    A new bill introduced in the House of Representatives by a prominent Republican legislator would make it easier for companies to distribute investigational medical devices explicitly labeled as being "for research use only (RUO)." The Medical Testing Availability Act of 2015 , sponsored by Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX), the vice chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee's Subcommittee on Health, is similar to an identically titled bill introduced by Burgess in 2013 ....
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    Mexico's COFEPRIS Exempts Hundreds of Devices from Registration Requirements

    Content provided by Emergo , a medical device regulatory affairs and quality assurance consulting firm with offices worldwide. Mexican regulators have expanded their list of healthcare products that do not require registration and approval to be sold in the country. COFEPRIS, Mexico’s medical device market regulator, added 573 items to its  list of products  (link in Spanish) not considered medical devices, effectively removing registration as a requirement for i...
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    Potential Medical Device Regulatory Changes Coming to India in 2015

    Content provided by Emergo Group , a medical device regulatory affairs and quality assurance consulting firm with offices worldwide. India’s health ministry, the Department of Health and Family Welfare, will submit proposed changes to the country’s medical device and pharmaceutical laws to Parliament in 2015. The proposed  Drugs and Cosmetics (Amendment) Bill , 2015  would adopt definitions of medical devices as well as in vitro diagnostic (IVD) products more in...
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    Fruit Flies––Powerful Foot Soldiers in Genetic Research

    “ Time flies like an arrow; fruit flies like a banana.”––Comedian Groucho Marx Most everyone knows fruit flies gravitate toward bananas and other overripe fruit, and almost magically appear in kitchens around the world. Less well known is the fact this insect species has been used for more than 100 years to study genetics and developmental biology. Perhaps the most remarkable discoveries in these fields have come from research with this persistent pest. Fruit flie...
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    South Korean Medical Device Regulators Ban Some Raw Materials

    Content provided by Emergo Group , a medical device regulatory affairs and quality assurance consulting firm with offices worldwide. South Korea’s Ministry of Food and Drug Safety (MFDS) identified certain raw materials prohibited from use in medical device production. According to  Article 5 of the amended MFDS regulation , the following materials may no longer be used in the production of medical devices: Mercury, except in devices used for dental application...
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    ANVISA to Allow Medical Device Firms to Evaluate Their Inspections

    Content provided by Emergo Group , a medical device regulatory affairs and quality assurance consulting firm with offices worldwide. Brazilian medical device regulator ANVISA has begun accepting  feedback  from medical device companies subject to quality management inspections in order to improve and standardize inspection processes. Firms inspected for Brazilian Good Manufacturing Practice (BGMP) compliance now have the option of submitting a form to ANVISA prov...
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    Canada Launches Ebola Vaccine Trial

    This content is provided by RegLink News , publishers of e-weekly global regulatory news. RegLink offers a 30-day free trial and 15% discount on Global Update subscriptions to RAPS members. The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) have provided funding for a Phase I clinical trial using Canada’s Ebola vaccine (VSV-EBOV), Canada's Minister of Health, Rona Ambrose, announced last week.  The Canadian Im...