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    MDCG urges manufacturers to use MDR transition period wisely

    The European Commission’s Medical Device Coordination Group (MDCG) on Monday said that manufacturers should start preparing now to ensure “timely compliance” with the Medical Device Regulations (MDR) by the time the regulation is fully applicable on 27 May 2024. Devices not certified by this date will no longer have access to the EU market, except in rare circumstances discussed in the notice.   MDCG reiterated that “to ensure that devices can continue to be placed o...
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    Medtech Industry: FDA emergency product shortage reporting guidance is too broad, burdensome

    Draft guidance from the US Food and Drug Administration on reporting medical device and diagnostic shortages for public health emergencies is too broad and potentially could be too resource intensive for manufacturers as well as regulators, representatives from medtech industry groups believe.   In January, the FDA published a draft guidance that outlines when and how the agency wants medtech manufacturers to alert the agency of potential product shortages that happen ...
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    FDA officials aim to stop misuse of the term ‘digital biomarker’

    While a lot of researchers claim they are capturing digital biomarker data, they may in fact be collecting clinical outcomes assessment (COA) data according to some US regulators. To clarify the differences, top US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officials have defined digital biomarkers versus other kinds of data in a new article.   According to FDA officials in an article published on 25 March in npj Digital Medicine , a digital biomarker is “a characteristic o...
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    January’s Regulatory Focus: Leadership in RA, expanding diversity, and more

    Feature articles during January focused on regulatory leadership, a novel approach to hiring regulatory professionals, expedited programs for reducing time to approval for certain drugs, and the Cuban biotechnology industry and its response to COVID-19. Keywords – assessment aid, breakthrough therapy, Cuba, diversity, ILAP, leadership, PRIME   Leadership, hiring, and expanding diversity Effective leadership in regulatory affairs is rooted in an understanding a...
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    Maximizing the potential of the FDA assessment aid: Genentech’s experience

    The assessment aid (AAid), an initiative of the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) Oncology Center of Excellence (OCE), was introduced in 2018 as a pilot program to help streamline the agency’s review of oncology drug applications. In this article, Genentech shares its experience with the AAid to date and provides recommendations for preparing the AAid and improving the process to fully realize its benefits. Keywords – assessment aid, FDA OCE pilots, oncology dr...
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    Emergency use authorizations for IVDs: Building on lessons learned

    Emergency use authorization (EUA) is a tool used by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for providing quick access to unapproved medical products in response to a public health emergency. In vitro diagnostics (IVDs) have been critical EUA products in past emergencies and have proven equally important during the COVID-19 pandemic. For regulatory professionals, the valuable lessons learned from EUA policy and ensuing changes over time have provided a crucial foundation...
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    The changing regulatory landscape for laboratory developed tests

    The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of reliable and accurate diagnostic tests. Laboratory developed tests (LDTs) do not typically require premarket review. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has repeatedly proposed more rigorous regulatory frameworks for LDTs but has been unsuccessful owing to concerns about the impact on test availability and innovation. In this article, the authors describe the existing regulations and consider both sides of the d...
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    A deep dive into OPDP’s position on public health emergencies in the US

    This article explores the Office of Prescription Drug Promotion’s (OPDP’s) views on public health emergencies, including COVID-19, and how this affects drug promotion. The author reviews trends in past enforcement letters and concludes that promotional materials relating to current public health emergencies are heavily scrutinized by OPDP, which regulatory advertising and promotion reviewers should bear in mind.   Introduction The COVID-19 pandemic has caused innumer...
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    TGA explains how it will handle lapsed conformity assessments due to MDR delays, COVID

    Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) on Tuesday released guidance explaining its approach to medical device conformity assessment recertification in light of delays in the implementation of the EU Medical Devices Regulation (MDR) and disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.   “[TGA] is issuing this guidance to inform sponsors … about the general approach the TGA will take to the lapsing of conformity assessment documents due to delays in audits due ...
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    FDA issues proposed rule clarifying stance on intended use

    After delaying implementation of parts of its final rule on intended uses multiple times, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday proposed a new rule clarifying its position on the types of evidence it will consider when determining a product’s intended use. The new rule would also repeal and replace the unimplemented portions of the earlier final rule.   The saga to update FDA’s intended use regulations began in 2015, when the agency first issued a propos...
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    European Commission sets common specifications for reprocessing single-use devices

    The European Commission this week issued regulations establishing common specifications for the reprocessing of single-use medical devices under the Medical Device Regulation (MDR).   Under MDR, single-use devices may be reprocessed where permitted by national law. Member states may also determine what rules they will apply to single-use devices reprocessed and used within a health institution, so long as the reprocessing is performed in accordance with the common sp...
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    Regulatory considerations for EUA during the COVID-19 public health emergency for medical device manufacturers

    This article examines regulatory considerations for emergency use authorizations for medical device manufacturers in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The authors summarize the four phases of issuance as:  phase 1 ‒ in vitro diagnostic products; phase 2 ‒ personal protective equipment; phase 3 ‒ ventilators and components; and phase 4 ‒ other relevant medical devices. They emphasize the EUA is subject to statutory limits tied to the end of the public health emergency and ...