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    EC Publishes New Guidelines on Good Clinical Practices for ATMPs

    Thanks to a 2007 regulation on advanced therapy medicinal products (ATMPs), the European Commission (EC) on Wednesday released new guidelines on the good clinical practice (GCP) requirements for these complex and innovative products that can include gene and cell therapies. The 15-page guidelines discuss clinical trial design, non-clinical studies, quality of the investigational ATMPs, the safe conduct of the clinical trial, upstream interventions on subjects and admini...
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    ICH Details Pilot Training Programs for 2017

    The International Council for Harmonization (ICH) has released details for five upcoming training programs in the US, Germany and Japan. The training programs are part of a pilot initiative agreed to at ICH's management committee meeting in Osaka, Japan in November 2016, where members of the management committee launched the year-long pilot and set out criteria for the program. Under the pilot, the ICH Training Subcommittee has partnered with a small group of training p...
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    EMA Outlines GCP Inspection Plan for 2017

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) on Tuesday released its 2017 work plan for good clinical practice (GCP) inspections, which involves collaborating with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to limit duplicative inspections. Among other expectations for the coming year, the EMA’s GCP Inspectors Working Group will develop new and revised guidelines on the redaction of inspection reports to protect personal data and commercially confidential information, as well as ...
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    ICH Offers Updates on New Members, Progress on Guidelines

    The International Council on Harmonisation (ICH) has added new observers and members, as well as updates on different guidance documents discussed at its November meeting in Japan, according to meeting minutes released Wednesday. New members approved at the meeting were Brazil’s Agência Nacional de Vigilância Sanitária (ANVISA), the US industry group Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) and Korea’s Ministry of Food and Drug Safety (MFDS). In terms of observers, ...
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    European Regulatory Roundup: EMA Reviews Drugs Tested at Two Indian Sites (23 December 2016)

    Welcome to our European Regulatory Roundup, our weekly overview of the top EU regulatory news. CHMP Starts Review of Drugs Tested at Indian Sites Amid GCP Concerns The Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) has begun a review of drugs tested at two Micro Therapeutic Research Labs’ sites in India. National regulatory agencies asked CHMP to run a review after Austrian and Dutch authorities found fault with the sites during a good clinical practice (...
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    ICH Looks to Revamp GCP Guidelines, Adds New Members

    Members of the International Council for Harmonisation (ICH) agreed on several moves that would revamp the organization's good clinical practice (GCP) guidelines during a meeting in Osaka, Japan last week. Following discussions, ICH said it plans to conduct a broad review of its guidelines related to GCP and clinical trial design, beginning with a reflection paper expected in early 2017. "This will include updating current guidance on interventional trials and expand on...
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    EMA Recommends Suspending Alkem Drug Over Flawed Studies

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) on Friday recommended suspending the marketing authorization of a drug made by Indian generic manufacturer Alkem Laboratories over data integrity issues at the company's bioequivalence facility in Taloja, India. In light of the issues, EMA says that studies conducted by Alkem at the facility between March 2013 and March 2015 cannot be relied on to support marketing authorizations. The recommendations stem from a review EMA launched i...
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    EMA Assesses Concerns With Indian Generic Firm’s Clinical Data

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has begun a review of medicines for which studies have been conducted at Alkem Laboratories’s site in Taloja, India due to data integrity concerns. The review follows a joint good clinical practice (GCP) inspection of this site by German and Dutch regulators in March 2015, which raised issues with study data used to support the marketing authorization applications of some medicines in the EU. Following consideration of the inspectio...
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    EMA Takes a Firmer Stance on GCP Non-Compliance

    Drug and biotech companies cannot replace pivotal clinical trials that are non-compliant with good clinical practice (GCP) standards during the assessment of marketing authorization applications, according to a new position paper from the European Medicines Agency (EMA). Stressing the importance of GCP compliance, the EMA says it’s an “essential prerequisite” for assessing a medicinal product’s safety and efficacy. The agency also clarifies that when a study is found to...
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    Amended ICH GCP Guideline Addresses Evolution of Trials Landscape

    The International Conference on Harmonization (ICH) has amended its good clinical practice (GCP) guideline with the aim of helping industry address the increasing scale, complexity and cost of clinical trials. The evolving use of technology and new risk management processes offer opportunities to increase efficiency, ICH says. The updated guideline is intended to provide a unified standard for the regulatory authorities in the EU, Japan, US, Canada and Switzerland to fa...
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    WHO: 'Critical' Data Integrity Issues Found at Indian CRO

    Quest Life Sciences, an Indian contract research organization is under fire after World Health Organization (WHO) inspectors uncovered 'critical' data integrity issues during an inspection last October. Background As part of its Prequalification of Medicines Programme , WHO carries out inspections of companies involved with clinical research and manufacturing to ensure prequalified medicines are of "acceptable quality, safety and efficacy." The program focuses on prod...
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    FDA Guidance Explains How Medical Device Companies Can Rely on Foreign Clinical Data

    New draft guidance issued by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) seeks to make it easier for medical device companies to rely on data obtained from clinical studies outside the US, provided those studies are conducted to appropriate federal standards. Background The draft guidance document, Acceptance of Medical Device Clinical Data from Studies Conducted Outside the United States , is closely related to a rule proposed by FDA in February 2013. That rule, Hum...