• Euro Convergence: Regulators and industry seek ‘sparks’ of European change

    The opening plenary of RAPS Euro Convergence 2021 saw regulators, competent authorities, and industry representatives highlighting pressing regulatory issues for in vitro diagnostics and combination products, among other topics.   The plenary kicked off with regulators presenting “sparks,” or hot button topics intended to trigger discussion; an industry panel was then given the chance to respond to proposals from the panel of regulators and notified body representati...
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    Shuren updates on inspections, ISO 13485 and MDUFA V

    Long delayed — even before the COVID-19 pandemic — the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) proposed rule to harmonize its medical device Quality System Regulation (QSR) with the international standard, ISO 13485:2016, may finally see the light of day this year.   The much-anticipated proposed rule has been on FDA’s regulatory agenda for several years, and despite COVID-related delays, it is back on track, Jeff Shuren, director of the Center for Devices and Radiolog...
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    CDER regulatory science division touts 2020 accomplishments

    In its 2020 annual report, the division of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) tasked with addressing emerging regulatory issues and developing new tools and approaches for regulatory reviews said it was able to expand its efforts despite the COVID-19 pandemic impacting most of the year.   “2020 was a challenging year. In addition to adjusting to new work environments related to the COVID-19 pandemic that involved 100% teleworking for some staff and laboratory wo...
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    April’s Regulatory Focus: Professional and career development

    Feature articles during April focused on the regulatory profession and specifically, professional development and career advancement. Included were articles on the mid-career transition from research scientist to regulatory professional, continuous professional development and the value of graduate-level qualifications, and findings from two surveys on different aspects of the profession. Other articles examined communication – one on persuasive skills, another on dissemin...
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    Evolution of the regulatory intelligence profession

    Regulatory intelligence has gained significant importance with increasingly global considerations for product development, clinical trials, and submissions to ensure market access in key regions. The regulatory intelligence profession, tasked with providing strategic input to ensure regulatory compliance, has evolved to fulfill the additional needs of various departments within the company and by senior leadership by strategically analyzing relevant regulations and product...
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    The regulatory profession by the numbers: RAPS’ 2020 compensation and scope of practice survey

    The RAPS 2020 Global Compensation & Scope of Practice Report for the Regulatory Profession presents an analysis of nearly 2,000 responses from regulatory professionals from around the world who participated in an online survey in April 2020. The following article reviews the main findings from the 2020 report, focusing on regulatory professionals’ levels of education and certification, experience, the most common regulatory functions performed, and career and job motivatio...
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    MDCG offers guidance on clinical investigations under MDR

    In new questions and answers guidance released last week, the European Commission’s Medical Device Coordination Group (MDCG) offers advice to device makers on the appropriate regulatory pathways and other considerations for conducting clinical investigations under the Medical Device Regulation (MDR).   The 19-page document features 28 questions and answers as well as two annexes charting the regulatory pathways for clinical investigations and a non-exhaustive list of...
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    New laws address NCE exclusivity, biosimilar education

    Two bipartisan bills aimed at clarifying what constitutes a new chemical entity (NCE) and providing education on biosimilars to consumers and physicians were signed into law by President Joe Biden on Friday.   The first bill, S. 415 , also known as the Ensuring Innovation Act , amends the Federal Food, Drug, Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act) to replace the definition of an active ingredient with the active moiety definition used by FDA for the purposes of determining whether...
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    Value of an RA qualification in continuous professional development and career progression

    Continuous professional development (CPD) is important for employee personal development and is of strategic value for organizations. Having qualified and knowledgeable personnel can help deploy strategy and yield competitive advantage in the marketplace. This article presents the results of a qualitative and quantitative study on the progression and experiences of industry-based graduates who completed a masters in regulatory affairs. The results demonstrate that regulato...
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    MDUFA V: Deficiency letters, staffing and funding emerge as issues in early negotiations

    After a delayed start, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released minutes from the first two meetings held with the medical device industry to negotiation the terms of the next Medical Device User Fee Amendments (MDUFA V) program.   FDA and industry had originally planned to kick off the MDUFA V negotiations with a public meeting last April, but the meeting was delayed by six months due to COVID-19. (RELATED: MDUFA V: Industry wants fine tuning while FDA se...
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    Recon: Abbott profits triple with OTC test launch; Good news for bluebird

      Welcome to Regulatory Reconnaissance, your daily regulatory news and intelligence briefing.   In Focus: US Large clinical trial to study repurposed drugs to treat COVID-19 symptoms ( NIH ) Q&A with Acting FDA Commissioner Janet Woodcock on the Future of the FDA ( BioSpace ) Covid cases, vaccinations remain elevated as U.S. nears Biden’s 200 million goal ( CNBC ) U.S. CDC expands COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to 16 and older ( Reuters ) Johnson & Johnson reports...
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    FDA issues final rule removing certain software from medical device regulations

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a final rulemaking that eliminates certain software intended to transfer, store or display clinical laboratory tests from being regulated as medical devices.   This action was taken to conform to the medical software provisions of the 21 st Century Cures Act , enacted on 13 December 2016. The law amended the definition of a device in the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act) to exclude such software; th...