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    MDCG offers guidance on clinical investigations in Eudamed’s absence

    The European Commission’s Medical Device Coordination Group (MDCG) this week issued guidance providing a set of templates that will be used to fulfill the application/notification submission requirements for clinical investigations under the Medical Device Regulation (MDR) prior to the availability of the Eudamed clinical investigations and performance studies module.   Under MDR, sponsors of clinical investigations for medical devices are required to submit an appli...
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    FDA finalizes brain-computer interface guidance, issues draft for glycemic control devices

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued four medical device-related guidance documents. The new guidances address brain-computer interfaces, considerations in medical device design for the magnetic resonance imaging environment, clinical studies for devices to improve glycemic control and premarket notification submissions for peripheral atherectomy devices.   The four documents, one in draft and three in final form, were part of a larger swath of guidance...
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    FDA pushes back deadline for removal of legacy identifiers to 2023

    After receiving pushback from industry, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday said it will give medical device makers two more years to remove legacy identification numbers from their product labels and packages.   Under FDA’s 2013 unique device identification (UDI) final rule, medical device labels and packages are required to bear a UDI according to the schedule set in the final rule, with some exceptions and alternatives for certain devices. The UDI ...
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    Euro Convergence: Academic clinics should establish risk management programs for ATMP development

    Academic centers should establish risk management programs to successfully commercialize cell and gene therapy products and to be a viable partner with contract research organizations (CROs) and manufacturers in developing these therapies.   So asserted Lutz Uharek, a professor of internal medicine and founder and CEO of Xencura, at RAPS Euro Convergence 2021 on 12 May in discussing some of the challenges and opportunities for academic centers in developing cell and ge...
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    FDA cautions cell phones, smart watches may trigger magnet mode in implanted devices

    High field strength magnets in some consumer electronic devices may trigger “magnet mode” in certain implanted medical devices such as pacemakers and cardiac defibrillators, the US Food and Drug Administration said on Thursday.   Many implanted electronic medical devices feature a magnet mode to allow the safe operation of the device during medical procedures such as an MRI scan. While in magnet mode normal device operations are suspended and the mode is typically enga...
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    Euro Convergence: Market access pathways for AI now visible

    The pathways companies will use to bring artificial intelligence or machine learning (AI/ML) medical devices and diagnostics to market in the future are now becoming clear, Loganathan Kumarasamy, head of US compliance services at Zifo Technologies, said at RAPS Euro Convergence 2021.   Devices and diagnostics that make use of AI and ML need regulation specific to the field, Kumarasamy said, pointing out that software in medical devices has long been used safely under e...
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    Euro Convergence Day 3: AI's regulatory framework, the future of ATMPs, and more

    As Euro Convergence 2021 draws to a close, the European regulatory affairs community will gather virtually to hear updates on artificial intelligence and cell and gene therapies, and to explore how post-marketing surveillance will change in the upcoming years.   Use of artificial intelligence (AI) is seeping into more and more corners of healthcare, and those working in medical devices need to know how regulators address these technologies. Pat Baird, a senior regulato...
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    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...