• 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...
  • 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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    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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    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...
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    FDA walks back Trump-era premarket notification exemptions

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday took steps to undo a sweeping deregulatory move that was pushed through by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in the final days of the Trump administration.   With less than a week left in the previous administration, HHS published a notice in the Federal Register exempting seven types of surgical and patient examination gloves and proposing to permanently exempt more than 80 Class II devices and on...
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    Recon: ThermoFisher acquires PPD for $17.4B; First chimeric human-monkey embryos

      Welcome to Regulatory Reconnaissance, your daily regulatory news and intelligence briefing.   In Focus: US Daily U.S. Covid cases remain above 70,000 amid Johnson & Johnson vaccine pause ( CNBC ) Fauci, Jim Jordan spar over pandemic restrictions ( The Hill ) What’s behind the wait on a J&J vaccine verdict ( Politico ) ( NYT ) ( WSJ ) The J&J Vaccine Pause Is Science Working Like It’s Supposed To ( Slate ) Why the Johnson & Johnson pause may not matter for Amer...
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    FDA updates on ASCA pilot, lists accredited test labs

    In an important step in the rollout of its accreditation scheme for conformity assessment (ASCA) pilot, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) this week published its initial list of accredited testing laboratories participating in the program.   The pilot, which arose out of the negotiations for the current Medical Device User Fee Amendments (MDUFA IV) program, is meant to increase “consistency, predictability and efficiency” during the premarket review of medica...
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    Federal officials design new mask guidelines to better protect more workers

    Federal officials announced new measures to help get fresh, new N95 masks to health care workers and expand their use in other industries after scientists argued that the highly protective masks are essential to keep workers safe from covid-19. The changes come as US mask-makers say the demand from hospitals is so sluggish that they’ve laid off 2,000 workers and fear some new protective gear companies could collapse. Yet in a letter to lawmakers, hospitals cite ongoing c...