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    FDA Wants to Know What Regulations and Paperwork Requirements Need to Go

    As part of work under two executive orders, the US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) centers on Thursday sought comments on which existing regulations and related paperwork requirements could be modified, repealed or replaced, to reduce the burden on industry while allowing FDA to continue its public health mission and fulfill statutory obligations. Back in February, when President Donald Trump first announced his order to reduce regulatory burdens, several exper...
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    IPRF and IGDRP to Consolidate Regulatory Initiatives in 2018

    The International Pharmaceutical Regulators Forum (IPRF) and International Generic Drug Regulators Programme (IGDRP) have agreed to consolidate their work into a joint initiative that is expected to be operational in January 2018. According to a summary of the 5th meeting of the IGDRP in Ottawa in June, the IPRF management committee and the IGDRP steering committee expressed support for the consolidation of the IPRF and IGDRP initiatives in order to best respond to ...
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    MHRA Offers Interactive Guide on New EU Device, IVD Regulations

    The UK’s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) on Tuesday released an introductory guide to help medical device manufacturers understand their obligations under the new EU regulations for medical devices (MDR) and in vitro diagnostic devices (IVDR). With the three- (for MDR) and five-year (IVDR) transition periods now underway, the new regulations will apply across EU member states from 26 May 2020 and 2022, respectively. During the transiti...
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    Asia Regulatory Roundup: Australia Proposes to Align Device Regulations With EU (1 August 2017)

    Welcome to our Asia Regulatory Roundup, our weekly overview of the top regulatory news in Asia. TGA Seeks Feedback on Proposed Alignment of Australian and European Medical Device Rules The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) of Australia is proposing to align parts of its medical device regulatory requirements with those in place in Europe. TGA is gathering feedback on plans to reclassify surgical mesh and place new requirements on manufacturers of implants wi...
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    6 Things You Need to Do to Prepare for the New EU Medical Devices Regulation

    When the EU’s new Medical Devices Regulation ( MDR ) entered into force last month, it set in motion a three-year countdown to the new rules’ full application in 2020. For companies marketing devices in the EU that wish to continue to do so, there is a lot to do in that relatively short time, so it is critical to begin as soon as possible. Early preparation is key. Following are six things you should be doing to get ready. 1. Plan Ahead In order to figure out wh...
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    EMA Offers Draft Guideline on Serious Breaches of Clinical Trial Regulations

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) on Tuesday opened for public consultation a draft guideline on serious breaches of clinical trial regulations or clinical trial protocols. The agency says the guideline is intended to "outline the practical arrangements for notification of serious breaches … provide advice on what should and what should not be classified as a serious breach and what must be reported … [and] To outline possible actions that may be taken by the EU/...
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    RAPS and Industry Experts Join Forces for Dedicated MDR Workshop

    • 18 May 2017
    RAPS is bringing together a panel of Europe’s top industry experts to deliver a dedicated workshop on the new EU regulations for medical devices and in vitro diagnostic devices. ‘ EU Regulatory Essentials, Medical Device and In Vitro Diagnostics: Transitioning from Current Directives to New Regulations ’ will take place on 4 and 5 July in Brussels and will introduce and explain the new EU regulations. Offered for the first time in Europe, the workshop will also...
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    Petition to FDA Seeks to Modify Trial Regulations Following Deaths

    A petition submitted to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2016 has been updated recently, as it seeks to reform FDA requirements for investigational new drug (IND) applications, investigational device exemptions (IDEs) and new drug applications (NDAs). In a letter submitted in April, the Center for Responsible Science noted 19 treatment-related deaths in clinical trials from July 2016 through April 2017. Among those were five clinical trial participants w...
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    Final EU MDR, IVDR Texts Published, Countdown to Implementation Begins

    The final texts of the new European medical device and in vitro diagnostic (IVD) regulations were published on Friday in the Official Journal of the European Union , setting in motion the timeline for implementation of the new regulations to commence on 25 May. Gert Bos, executive director at Qserve Group and a RAPS board member, explained to attendees of the MedCon conference in Cincinnati on Thursday some of the difficulties that industries will face over the ...
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    Generic Drug Industry Group Seeks FDA Regulation Changes

    The Association of Accessible Medicines (AAM), formerly known as the Generic Pharmaceutical Association, has recommended five major US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulation tweaks in a letter to the Department of Commerce. In addition to citing a lack of clarity in the regulations governing the permitting processes of large life sciences projects, David Gaugh, SVP for sciences and regulatory affairs at AAM, called for five actions to reduce the regulatory bu...
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    MHRA Plans for the Future of Drug, Device Regulation Post-Brexit

    The UK’s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) on Friday released a business plan for the upcoming year, noting its primary focus on developing a consensus around a proposed model for the future of the country’s regulation of medicines and medical devices following its departure from the EU. MHRA is pushing for a more international strategy that focuses on collaboration and engagement with key partners and stakeholders and continuing to partici...
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    RAPS Increases Investment in Europe

    • 20 April 2017
    RAPS is stepping up its presence in Europe and expanding its European team in response to growing membership demand from those involved with the regulation of healthcare and related products. In the last 12 months, RAPS, the largest global organization for regulatory professionals in the healthcare, medical device, biologic and pharmaceutical sectors, has seen its European member base grow by approximately 19% to more than 1,500 members across 29 countries. R...