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    March's Regulatory Focus: Regulatory intelligence

    Feature articles during March focused on regulatory intelligence (RI), including first-hand accounts of setting up a dedicated process for RI monitoring and developing an in-house RI database, as well as an examination of the implications of the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) new integrated review template for RI. Also included were articles on the importance a global unique device identification (UDI) system, the FDA’s Bad Ad program, and the importance of writ...
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    FDA’s new integrated review template and implications for regulatory intelligence

    US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) review summaries, previously referred to as summary basis of approval documents, can serve as invaluable sources of regulatory strategy information, the details of which are not publicly available from any other source. When the FDA announced its plans to use a more streamlined approach to communicating regulatory decisions through an integrated assessment process and review document, it raised concern among those who contribute to and...
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    RAPS announces slate of incoming board members

    After reviewing all nominations for the four open director positions on the RAPS board of directors for its next term, the RAPS nominating committee has selected the slate of new members set to join the board for the 2021–2022 term. Following are the four incoming board members: Kimberly Belsky, MS, executive director, regulatory policy and intelligence, Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals Lawrence Liberti, PhD, RAC, head, regulatory collaborations, Centre for Innovation in R...
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    Regulatory Explainer: Everything You Need to Know About FDA’s Priority Review Vouchers

    Since 2007, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a handful of special "priority review" vouchers (PRVs) which allow its recipient to expedite the review of any one of its new drug products. What are these vouchers, why is FDA issuing them and what benefit might they have for society? Find out in our latest Regulatory Explainer on the Priority Review Voucher system. Last updated on 25 February 2020 to include: Vifor Pharma said on 17 February that it p...
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    EMA Staff Losses Tick Up as Workload Increases

    As the interim arrangements to allow European Medicines Agency (EMA) staff to telework from London have now ended, the agency said its total available workforce in Amsterdam is about 730, which is about 20% less than the 900 staffers EMA had in London. “Due to these ongoing resource constraints, delivery of EMA’s work programme for Q4 2019 will be challenging for the Agency, particularly in view of the need to implement new legislation for veterinary medicines and medic...
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    Q&A: Why Seven Regulators Use One Company’s Software for Drug and Biologics Reviews

    To streamline decision-making in approval processes, three regulatory authorities joined four others Thursday in increasing their adoption of drug development consultancy Certara’s Phoenix platform. The UK’s Medicines and Healthcare products Agency (MHRA), Brazil’s National Health Surveillance Agency (ANVISA) and Japan’s Pharmaceuticals and Medical Device Agency (PMDA) are now licensing Certara’s Phoenix IVIVC toolkit for in vitro-in vivo correlation. The agencies wer...
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    Industry, Advocacy Groups Seek Clarity on Proposed Changes to Informed Consent Rules

    Trade associations representing the medical device and clinical research industries, as well as the nonprofit public advocacy organization Public Citizen, are calling for the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to clarify provisions of its proposed rule for institutional review boards (IRBs) to waive or alter requirements for obtaining informed consent for certain clinical trials involving minimal risk to participants.   Background   Under current FDA regulations...
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    RAPS Opens Board of Directors Nominations

    Today, RAPS opened the call for nominations for three vacant positions on the 2020–22 term of its board of directors. RAPS is seeking qualified candidates to fill the roles of president-elect, treasurer and one director position. Nominations will be accepted now through 29 March. Nominees should be distinguished and experienced regulatory leaders with a strong desire to play an active role in advancing and supporting the profession. To be considered, candidates must be R...
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    RAPS 2019 Board of Directors Begins Term; Don Boyer Takes Helm as Chair

    RAPS welcomed its 2019 board of directors, which officially began its term on 1 January. Don Boyer, a former top Health Canada official who is now a private regulatory consultant, takes over as chairman.   “I am honored to serve as chairman of the RAPS board of directors,” said Boyer. “Throughout its history, RAPS has been instrumental in not only helping regulatory professionals do their jobs better, but also in driving awareness of the critical role the regulatory pr...
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    FDA Drafts PRV Guidance for Medical Countermeasures

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Wednesday released new draft guidance to help companies understand how the agency will award priority review vouchers (PRVs) for qualifying medical products to diagnose, prevent or treat diseases or conditions associated with chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) threats and emerging infectious diseases. The draft, featuring 29 questions and answers on the new PRV program, is part of FDA’s implementation ...
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    FDA Proposes Rule for Appealing CDRH Decisions

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday proposed a new rule for appealing certain decisions about medical devices made by the Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH). The proposed rule is in line with legislative requirements established by the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act(FDASIA) and 21st Century Cures Act (Cures) for clarifying procedures and timeframes for appeals of "significant decisions" to CDRH. Section 517A of...
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    Barriers to FDA and CMS Parallel Reviews: Fear and Bandwidth, Shuren Says

    Medical device companies should want to streamline the process of getting their products reviewed simultaneously by the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) - so why aren’t they? Jeff Shuren, director of CDRH late Monday told attendees of JP Morgan’s annual conference that he thinks fear and a limited amount of CMS staff are two reasons that the parallel review ...