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    August’s Regulatory Focus: Alternative regulatory pathways

    Feature articles during August focused on alternative global regulatory pathways and their use in providing faster, easier access to new treatments for unmet medical needs. Articles examined emergency use authorizations for in vitro diagnostics (IVDs) in the US, as well as regulatory pathways for laboratory developed tests (LDTs), innovative medicinal products in Switzerland, software as a medical device (SaMD) in the US and Europe, and cell and gene therapy products in Ja...
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    Emergency use authorizations for IVDs: Building on lessons learned

    Emergency use authorization (EUA) is a tool used by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for providing quick access to unapproved medical products in response to a public health emergency. In vitro diagnostics (IVDs) have been critical EUA products in past emergencies and have proven equally important during the COVID-19 pandemic. For regulatory professionals, the valuable lessons learned from EUA policy and ensuing changes over time have provided a crucial foundation...
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    The changing regulatory landscape for laboratory developed tests

    The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of reliable and accurate diagnostic tests. Laboratory developed tests (LDTs) do not typically require premarket review. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has repeatedly proposed more rigorous regulatory frameworks for LDTs but has been unsuccessful owing to concerns about the impact on test availability and innovation. In this article, the authors describe the existing regulations and consider both sides of the d...
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    Euro Convergence: Experts advise on ways to manage the MDR grace period

    Medical device companies in Europe have much work to do to get their products compliant with the EU’s new Medical Device Regulation (MDR) and should not be wasting any time, asserted a panel of experts who spoke at RAPS Euro Convergence 2021 on 10 May.   At the virtual meeting, the experts gave some concrete advice for device manufacturers to ready themselves for a seamless transition.   The EU Medical Device Regulations (MDR) is a new set of new regulatory require...
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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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    WHO's Essential Diagnostics List updated for COVID-19

    The World Health Organization (WHO) updated its list of essential diagnostics for 2021 on Friday to include recommendations for polymerase chain reaction and antigen-based diagnostic tests for COVID-19.   In making this and other recommendations to the “basket of recommended in vitro diagnostics” that makes up the organization’s Essential Diagnostic List (EDL), WHO also recommended additional tests that detect disease preventable by vaccines and other infectious dise...
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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...
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    COVID antigen tests carry false positive risk: FDA

    Antigen tests for COVID-19 can yield false positive results, especially when used improperly, said the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in a notification sent to clinical laboratory staff and health care providers.   “Remember that positive predictive value (PPV) varies with disease prevalence when interpreting results from diagnostic tests,” said FDA in the 3 November letter . Lower disease prevalence in a given area or population increases the number of false p...
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    Initiating clinical trials in China: What foreign MedTech companies need to do

    This article discusses recent changes to clinical trial regulation in China. The author suggests that Chinese clinical trials for medical devices and in vitro diagnostic device (IVD) products are an increasingly viable option for non-Chinese companies of all sizes.   Introduction: China’s regulatory framework Most life sciences products sold in China, including medical devices and IVDs, are supervised by the National Medical Products Administration (NMPA), formerly k...
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    COVID-19 IVD quality problems drive EC guidelines

    A “mismatch” between the expected and actual quality of coronavirus (COVID-19) tests has spurred new guidelines from the European Commission (EC). The guidelines are part of a roadmap to lifting the lockdown measures implemented to curb the spread of the disease across the European Union, according to an EC statement dated 15 April.   Governments across the European Union (EU) are working to step up testing capacity, recognizing that testing will play a key role in e...
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    FDA cautions antibody test developers against falsely claiming tests are authorized

    After opening the door to commercial manufacturers and laboratory developers to market serological tests to detect antibodies to the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2), with minimal regulatory oversight, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is cautioning against companies falsely claiming their tests are approved or authorized.   Public health authorities and experts around the world view serological testing as a means of identifying people who have already had COVID-...
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    FDA issues first EUA for coronavirus serology test

    In a move that could help the US better understand who has already had COVID-19, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday provided the first Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for a serology test to North Carolina-based Cellex Inc. The test can detect SARS-CoV-2 antibodies, immunoglobulin M (IgM) and immunoglobulin G (IgG) that are generated as part of the human immune response to the virus. Although FDA recommends that results from serology testing should n...