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    Regulation of cell and gene therapy products in Japan

    In recent years, new cell and gene therapies have been developed and approved in a number of countries, including Japan. The Japanese government fully supports academia and the pharmaceutical industry in the research and development of these innovative therapies, and in 2019, revised the Act on Securing Quality, Efficacy, and Safety of Products Including Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices to enact the conditional early approval system for accelerating the development and ...
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    ICMRA releases framework for aligning global track and trace systems

    The International Coalition of Medicines Regulatory Authorities (ICMRA) has issued a broad set of recommendations outlining how regulators and industry can set up track and trace systems that are globally aligned to ensure counterfeit or falsified products do not infiltrate supply chains.   The report , which was issued by a joint regulators/industry working group, explores the technical features that would allow for interoperable national and regional track and trace...
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    Euro Roundup: EU launches survey for COVID-19 drug developers

    The EU is holding a survey to understand the needs of companies developing new and repurposed treatments for COVID-19. The follows the European Commission’s recent strategy to support the approval of up to five new COVID-19 drugs by the end of the year.   (RELATED: EC strategy aims for 3-5 new COVID therapeutics by year end , Regulatory Focus 6 May 2021)   In the survey, the EU asks for information about the COVID-19 therapies companies are developing, includi...
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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: EMA streamlines processes to handle COVID-19 volume

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) is temporarily revising its processes to cope with a rising volume of work related to the COVID-19 pandemic. EMA made the changes to ensure it can handle a “very active pipeline” that is expected to yield up to five COVID-19 therapies this year.   Faced with that workload, EMA is temporarily freeing co-rapporteurs from the need to provide their own assessment reports on initial marketing authorization applications for non-COVID-19 ...
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    European Commission kicks off review of pharmaceutical legislation

    As part of its broader pharmaceutical strategy, the European Commission on Tuesday released a roadmap for its planned revision of the EU’s aging pharmaceutical legislation next year.   The Commission adopted its pharmaceutical strategy last November following a public consultation earlier in the year. “[The strategy] is intended to make the European pharmaceutical system patient-centered, future-proof and crisis-resistant,” the Commission writes. (RELATED: European C...
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    European Commission tightens requirements for duplicate MAAs

    The European Commission earlier this month issued an updated notice detailing how it handles duplicate marketing authorization applications (MAAs) for pharmaceuticals and biologics, three years after launching a targeted consultation on the practice.   While the notice still foresees an increase in the number of requests for duplicate MAAs, the Commission has closed off the ability of companies to request duplicate MAAs solely to introduce a first generic to their own ...
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    EC advances amendment to speed adapted COVID vaccines

    The European Commission on Wednesday advanced a delegated regulation that would give the European Medicines Agency (EMA) the authority to more quickly authorize COVID-19 vaccines that have been adapted to address variants of the virus.   “We are enabling EMA to fast-track regulatory approval of updated vaccines to tackle new variants. Faster approval means more vaccines in circulation and more Europeans protected from the virus,” said European Commission President Ursu...
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    MDCG issues guidance on Eudamed alternatives

    The European Commission’s Medical Device Coordination Group (MDCG) last week issued guidance on administrative practices and alternative technical solutions on the application of certain Medical Device Regulation (MDR) provisions in the absence of a fully functional Eudamed system.   While the first of six Eudamed modules was made available late last year, the remaining modules are expected to be rolled out by the database’s May 2022 date of application. Some modules, ...
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    EU regulators expand use of remote source data verification in clinical trials

    The latest update to the European Commission and European Medicines Agency’s guidance on managing clinical trials conducted during the COVID-19 pandemic expands the use and scope of remote source data verification (rSDV) in clinical trials.   Previous versions of the guidance envisioned that rSDV would “only be considered necessary for very few trials” involving the treatment or prevention of COVID-19, “Or in the final data cleaning steps before database lock in pivota...
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    EMA nominates executive director to replace Rasi

    The European Medicines Agency’s (EMA) Management Board on Thursday nominated Emer Cooke from a short list of candidates to succeed Guido Rasi as the agency’s next executive director.   Rasi, whose second term as EMA executive director ends on 15 November, served as Executive Director from 2011-2014 before being forced to step down after the European Union Civil Service Tribunal annulled his appointment. (RELATED: Rasi returns to head EMA for five-year term , Regula...
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    Danish Medicines Agency Ramps Up Capacity in Medical Devices

    The Danish Medicines Agency's Medical Devices Unit is “massively building up capacity” in the area of medical devices, the agency said Tuesday, to better deal with the incoming EU device legislation and to address rapid changes in technological development. A new fee structure will allow the devices unit to increase its staff capacity from about 14 employees to about 40 employees once all new employees have been recruited next spring. The unit will also work more closel...