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    Euro Roundup: EDQM says remote inspections could be third pillar for GMP oversight

    Real-time remote inspections piloted during the COVID-19 pandemic could serve as a third pillar for the supervision of active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) manufacturers, the European Directorate for the Quality of Medicines (EDQM) said.   EDQM began piloting real-time remote inspections, which it refers to by the abbreviation RTEMIS, in 2020 in response to travel restrictions. With the vast majority of the around 40 on-site inspections EDQM performs each year happen...
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    PIC/S finalizes GMP data integrity guidance

    This week, the Pharmaceutical Inspection Co-operation Scheme (PIC/S) announced that its new guidance on good practices for data management and integrity for pharmaceutical manufacturers and distributors has come into effect.   When authorities inspect facilities of manufacturers and distributors of active pharmaceutical ingredients to ensure good manufacturing practice and good distribution practice (GMP/GDP) compliance, “The effectiveness of these inspection processes...
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    PIC/S looks to adopt EU Annex on qualified persons, batch release

    The Pharmaceutical Inspection Cooperation Scheme (PIC/S) this week announced plans to incorporate the EU good manufacturing practice (GMP) Annex 16 on batch release by a qualified person (QP) into a PIC/S guideline. The aim is to have non-EU/European Economic Area (EEA) members incorporate Annex 16 into their regulatory systems.   The EU’s Annex 16 covers the certification of a QP that can release product batches for marketing authorization holders in the EU or labeled...
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    Regulatory update for SaMD and AI product approvals in China

    This article outlines the status of regulation for software as medical device (SaMD) in China, with particular focus on medical software using artificial intelligence (AI) technology. The market approval pathways are reviewed, and key sticking points discussed. Recent regulatory updates in this fast-moving area are presented, together with various product approval examples.   China’s medical software regulatory framework The term “medical device” is defined widely ...
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    Asia-Pacific Roundup: Vietnam seeks mRNA tech transfer for local COVID vaccine production

    The Vietnamese health ministry has met with the World Health Organization (WHO) to discuss the transfer of the technology needed to manufacture mRNA vaccines in the country.   Vietnam received a shipment of 811,200 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford via the COVAX Facility at the start of last month. Around 900,000 people have now received a vaccine, but the supply of doses remains a constraint on the pace of the rollou...
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    Regulators discuss expectations and challenges in conducting virtual inspections

    Regulators from the US Food and Drug Administration and the European Medicines Agency gave an update on desktop and virtual inspections and offered some advice on ensuring smoother audits at a 28 April webinar.   While there seemed to be acceptance among regulators that virtual and desktop inspections are a reality until the COVID-19 public health emergency is over, a larger group of health officials at the webinar said that onsite inspections are much better at uncove...
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    FDA’s document-based inspections prompt warning letters for GMP violations

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on 13 April warned South American active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) manufacturer Proquimes SA Productos Quimicos Especializados SA for a multitude of good manufacturing practice (GMP) violations. The letter joins three others the agency has issued since the beginning of the year that are based solely on a records review and not onsite inspections.   The warning letters signal the agency’s increasing reliance on a review of...
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    RF Quarterly, March 2021: Global clinical trials

    Welcome to the inaugural issue of RF Quarterly featuring original, thematically developed content by regulatory experts addressing key areas and emerging issues in the global regulatory landscape. RF Quarterly is a member-exclusive addition to the regular monthly  Regulatory Focus  feature articles and replaces the former quarterly article series. The theme for this issue is Global Clinical Trials.   Clinical trials are an essential component of pharmaceutical re...
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    Initiating clinical trials in China: What foreign medtech companies need to do

    This article discusses numerous recent changes in the regulation of clinical trials in China and proposes that Chinese clinical trials for medical device and in vitro diagnostic device (IVD) products are an increasingly viable option for non-Chinese companies of all sizes. [Updated]*   China’s regulatory framework Most life sciences products, including medical devices and IVDs, sold in China are supervised by the National Medical Products Administration (NMPA).  The ...
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    February's Regulatory Focus: Global and regional harmonization and alignment

    Feature articles during February included a range of topics focused on harmonization and alignment across global and regional regulatory entities, including electronic submissions through the European Medicines Agency (EMA), tools for updating the EU In Vitro Diagnostic Regulation (EU IVDR) template, China’s new PAC regulation, Project Orbis and improving patients access to new therapies, as well as a report on medtech companies’ preparation for EU Medical Device Regulatio...
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    China’s new PAC regulation: Closer alignment with global best practices

    This article is a summarized translation of the most recent regulation published by China’s National Medical Products Administration (NMPA) on postapproval changes (PACs). The author provides an overview of the regulation and its annexes for PACs and discusses their impact on manufacturing site change management, change classification determination and consultation, and reporting categories.   Introduction On 13 January 2020, the NMPA published an announcement on t...
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    COVID-19 IVD test kits: Expedited response by Asian regulatory authorities

    After COVID-19 quickly spread from China to nearby Asian countries in early 2020, regulatory authorities in those neighboring countries adapted rapidly to introduce regulatory pathways for approval of in vitro diagnostic (IVD) test kits to facilitate widespread testing and halt spread of the disease. An additional challenge was that authorities had to work around strict quarantine restrictions, and applications and consultations had to be conducted online instead of in per...