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    ICMRA: Remote inspections can complement, but not replace, onsite inspections

    While there are benefits to conducting remote good clinical practice (GCP) and good manufacturing practice (GMP) inspections and these assessments can continue being used  post pandemic, these methods have their limitations, concludes the International Coalition of Medicines Regulatory Authorities (ICMRA) in a new reflection paper .   Among the topics ICMRA touches on in the reflection paper are the decision-making process to use remote approaches, tools for remote in...
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    ICMRA, WHO take stock of regulatory flexibilities

    A global regulatory group is mapping out a strategy for regulatory alignment as countries around the world plan their responses in the face of the Omicron variant of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.   The International Coalition of Medicines Regulatory Authorities (ICMRA) met on the first two days of December to discuss a host of regulatory challenges. Thirteen World Health Organization (WHO) and EC officials joined representatives from ICMRA’s 24 health aut...
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    ICMRA: Industry's commitment to quality can facilitate regulatory flexibility

    Frequent communication with industry and relying on assessments by other regulators have enabled the rapid scale-up of COVID-19 vaccines and therapeutics, asserted regulators and industry representatives attending a July workshop sponsored by the International Coalition of Medicines Regulatory Authorities (ICMRA).   The workshop explored how different regulatory tools are being deployed to increase manufacturing capacity for vaccines during the COVID-19 pandemic. The...
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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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    Global regulators promote platform trials to assess new COVID vaccines

    Regulators from the United Kingdom and Japan are promoting the use of platform trials to evaluate second-generation COVID-19 vaccines as the pool of unvaccinated patients for testing new vaccines grows increasingly smaller. They also proposed the creation of a working group to build consensus on the design of master protocols, particularly in the context of health emergencies.   These pronouncements emerged from a 24 June virtual workshop on aligning approaches for dev...
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    Global regulators issue call for clinical trial data transparency

    World regulatory authorities are calling for increased transparency from the pharmaceutical industry in how they report and give access to clinical trial data. In a joint statement, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Coalition of Medicines Regulatory Authorities (ICMRA) cited need for “wide access to clinical data for all new medicines and vaccines.”   Data related to a therapy or vaccine “must be published at the time of finalization of the regu...
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    EMA releases guidance for COVID variant vaccine development

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has published a reflection paper laying out what data are needed to support approval of vaccines that protect against variants of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.   “[I]t is an urgent public health priority to define an expedited regulatory process for the adaptation of vaccines to protect against current or future variants,” wrote the agency in announcing the new guidance. The document comes less than 2 weeks after a vari...
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    ICMRA: Continue COVID vaccine trials "as long as is feasible"

    An international coalition of regulators has issued a statement in support of continuing clinical trials for vaccines against COVID-19 “for as long as is feasible,” but ideally for at least one year after vaccination.   The International Council of Medicines Regulatory Authorities (ICMRA) issued the statement in part to address a thorny ethical dilemma to be faced by vaccine sponsors and healthcare professionals when a vaccine is authorized: Should trial participants b...
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    3D Bio-Printed Products: ICMRA Members Discuss Potential Regulatory Frameworks

    As part of a project on emerging technologies, six regulators involved in the International Coalition of Medicines Regulatory Authorities (ICMRA) recently published a case study delving into the challenges of regulating 3D bio-printed products. In this hypothetical case, the regulators evaluated 3D bio-printed knee meniscus tissue and discussed how they would tackle similar products. The case study was conducted by Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), Bra...
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    Drug Regulators Look to Harmonize How They Tackle Innovation

    The International Coalition of Medicines Regulatory Authorities (ICMRA) recently released a report on how various regulators worldwide are working together to better identify and address future regulatory challenges posed by new categories of therapeutics, like cell and gene therapies, and new tools for drug development, such as artificial intelligence (AI). The report, which is part of a wider effort to reduce duplicative work and increase harmonization among drug regu...
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    ICMRA Looks to Make Track-and-Trace Systems Globally Interoperable

    The International Coalition of Medicines Regulatory Authorities (ICMRA) has its eye on aligning existing and planned track and trace systems worldwide, with a focus on interoperability as many of the existing and planned systems were designed with a national or regional focus. Track and trace systems, which have been or are currently being implemented in the US, EU, Turkey, Argentina, Canada, Italy and Japan, are used to help ensure falsified, counterfeit or otherwi...
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    European Regulatory Roundup: EMA Maps International Regulatory Coordination (12 January 2017)

    Welcome to our European Regulatory Roundup, our weekly overview of the top EU regulatory news. EMA Maps International Regulatory Coordination Initiatives to Show Overlaps, Gaps The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has mapped cooperative regulatory initiatives to better understand how and where international peers are working together. EMA found there were a “myriad of initiatives but no strategic coordination,” prompting it to warn regulators are duplicating effo...