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    Supply chain disruptions: FDA guidance and temporary policies

    The COVID-19 pandemic caused one of the most prominent displays of supply chain disruption in the modern era. However, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) found ways to allow for regulatory flexibility by issuing guidance documents while still managing to protect consumers from adulterated and misbranded food.   Keywords – COVID-19 , FDA, food, guidance, pandemic, supply chain   Introduction The complexity of modern supply chains is never more eviden...
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    June’s Regulatory Focus: Nutrition in health and disease management

    Feature articles in June examined food safety in China, US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) guidance on supply chain disruptions, possible updates to the US Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA), and FDA and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) regulation of dietary supplements intended for treating or preventing certain mental health disorders.   Safety, disruptions, and responsive policy  China has improved its overall food safety situation significant...
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    Evolution of the Japanese regulatory system and agencies

    The Japanese regulatory system has been recognized as one of the most sophisticated and stringent regulatory systems in the world. The regulatory policies are developed and administered by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW), the Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Agency (PMDA) executes the policies, and certain authorities are delegated to local governments. Over the last 6 decades, the Japanese regulator has faced many challenges but has kept enhancing the...
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    FDA and EMA mostly align on GCP inspection deficiencies, study finds

    A study conducted by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and European Medicines Agency (EMA) found that the agencies are identifying the same types of deficiencies in joint good clinical practice (GCP) inspections with respect to protocol compliance, documentation deviations, and human subject protections.   The paper follows a mutual transatlantic cooperation on GCPs between the regulators that went into effect on 1 September 2009. Under the program, regulators ...
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    EC report details EU medicine shortages, offers potential solutions

    A commission ordered by the EC Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety (DG SANTE) to conduct a study on medicine shortages in the EU and European Economic Area (EEA) has released a final report outlining the problem and its recommendations for stakeholders.   Documenting the scope of human medicine shortages in EU/EEA countries between 2004 and 2020, the study conducted by Technopolis Group, Milieu Law & Policy Consulting and Ecorys analyzed data from 22 differe...
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    Data integrity remediation and cGMP facilities

    Data integrity remediation is a critical activity performed by analytical laboratories, quality control laboratories, and manufacturing plants to comply with good manufacturing practice (GMP) and data integrity requirements. There are various challenges during this activity, and current GMP (cGMP) facilities struggle to comply due to technical limitations and resource constraints. This article examines the data integrity remediation challenges faced by cGMP facilities and ...
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    EMA's challenges through 2023: Global collaboration, supply shortages, antimicrobial resistance

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) recently released its final programming document for 2021 to 2023, setting goals to address medicine availability and shortages, analysis and access to healthcare data, supply chain issues, and antimicrobial resistance.   Emer Cooke, EMA Executive Director, stated in the document’s foreword that much of the agency’s planning over the next few years will be accomplished by implementing the EMA Network Strategy and Regulatory Science S...
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    ICH announces sign-off on good clinical practices guideline

    The International Council for Harmonization (ICH) recently announced that the E8(R1) guideline on general considerations for clinical studies had reached Step 4 and is awaiting sign-off by regulators. The widely anticipated guideline modernizes the design, conduct and reporting of clinical trials by adopting quality by design principles. The guideline incorporates “current concepts achieving fit-for-purpose data quality.”   ICH announced that “the modernisation of IC...
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    Biden administration outlines plan to address US supply chain vulnerabilities

    The United States is taking steps to address vulnerabilities in US supply chains, according to a new report published by the White House.   These steps include improving domestic manufacturing of critical medicines and active pharmaceutical ingredients, increasing investments in sustainable domestic supply chains, and better monitoring of supply chain disruptions, the Biden administration said.   On Monday, the Biden administration released a report of findings f...
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    Demand forecasting in a pandemic: New considerations from EMA

    A new reflection paper from an EU steering group on drug shortages provides considerations for forecasting demand for medicines in the face of global health emergencies.   “The methodology is based on pragmatic predictions of demand for certain medicines and encourages the use of the best available information, with an aim to reach the right balance between existing uncertainties with regards to the actual future demand, and the imperative public health need to prepare...
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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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    Clinical trials, good clinical practice, regulations, and compliance

    This article provides an overview of the international and national guidelines associated with clinical trials. The authors highlight the importance of multiregional clinical trials and outline the principles of good clinical practice (GCP) and regulatory compliance.   Introduction Clinical trials are essential components of pharmaceutical research and development. A clinical development program’s broad aim is to treat a specific indication in a certain population to...