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    Updated: US-EU Agreement on GMP Inspections Adds 5 More Member States

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) earlier this month confirmed the capabilities of Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Estonia and Latvia so that FDA can now rely on the inspections in each of those countries, reducing the need for duplicative work.   A total of 19 member states in the EU are now qualified by FDA as having the capability, capacity and procedures in place to carry out good manufacturing practice (GMP) inspections at a level equivalent to the US. However,...
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    FDA to Recognize 8 EU Regulators to Conduct GMP Inspections

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday announced that beginning on Wednesday, the agency will recognize eight EU drug regulators – from Austria, Croatia, France, Italy, Malta, Spain, Sweden and the UK – as capable of conducting inspections of manufacturing facilities that meet FDA requirements. The announcement follows the creation of a mutual recognition agreement between the US and EU last March as part of a more collaborative approach to drug ma...
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    EMA and FDA to Begin Sharing Commercially Confidential Information

    Editor's note: this article has been updated with a statement from FDA clarifying that the agency must sign a confidentiality agreement with each EU country before unredacted inspection reports may be shared. As part of a landmark agreement forged in March, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and European Medicines Agency (EMA) said Wednesday that they will soon share non-public and commercially confidential information, including trade secret information. The a...
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    US and EU Forge Landmark Agreement to Mutually Recognize Drug Manufacturing Inspections

    After wrangling over the details of trade secrets and inspection differences, the US and EU on Thursday finally announced they have agreed to mutually recognize one another’s pharmaceutical manufacturing inspections – a deal likely to lead to less duplicative inspections and lower costs on both sides of the Atlantic. Originally part of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership discussions under President Barack Obama , the agreement will allow US and EU regulat...
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    Updated: TTIP on Thin Ice Not Likely to Delay US-EU Mutual GMP Recognition Deal

    A deal to further harmonize and mutually recognize good manufacturing practice (GMP) inspections between the US and EU will not be delayed, as the EU ambassador to the US said Wednesday that the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is in a state of pause as there is no one within President Donald Trump’s administration with whom to continue discussions. Despite the TTIP pause, a spokesman from the EU ambassador told Focus  via email on Thursday evening ...
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    EU, Japan to Share More Information on GMP Inspections

    The European Directorate for the Quality of Medicines and Healthcare (EDQM) this week announced a new agreement with Japanese authorities to share more information on the outcome of good manufacturing practice (GMP) inspections of manufacturing sites of active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) of interest to both Europe and Japan. The agreement follows the exchange of letters on 13 September 2016 in which Japan’s Pharmaceutical Safety and Environmental Health Bureau of ...
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    Medical Device Industry, FDA Forge Nearly $1B Reauthorization of User Fee Program

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and medical device industry have agreed in principle to a new user fee program that will see the agency collect $999.5 million in user fees, which is more than $400 million more than the five-year user fee program set to expire in 2017. Under the new draft agreement, which is part of the fourth reauthorization of  the Medical Device User Fee Agreement, FDA would use the funds for a whole host of new programs, including the add...
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    FDA, Health Canada Look to Implement Common Electronic Submission System

    As part of efforts to further align the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Health Canada, both sides are working to implement a common electronic submission gateway to allow pharmaceutical companies to submit large electronic documents simultaneously to both regulators. The collaborative effort is just one of a number of joint action plans the two sides are planning as part of the Canada-US Regulatory Cooperation Council (RCC), which aims to increase collaboratio...
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    Updated: FDA and EMA Progressing Toward Mutual Recognition of GMP Inspections

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and European Medicines Agency (EMA) are making significant progress toward mutually recognizing each other’s good manufacturing practice (GMP) pharmaceutical inspections. The news of the progress comes as both agencies continue to observe their counterparts’ inspections on an ongoing basis. Emer Cooke, head of international affairs at the EMA, told Focus in an exclusive interview that both sides have “progressed quicker than w...
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    Keeping an Eye on Corporate Integrity Agreements

    Regulatory intelligence is at the heart of every well-informed regulatory decision, and is integral to maximizing effectiveness and influence for the regulatory professional.   The Regulatory Intelligence Quotient is a regular exploration of regulatory intelligence topics by thought leaders in the field. Want to learn more or suggest future topics? Contact us at asksofie@graematter.com Even in the world of healthcare product regulation, the initials CIA sti...
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    Evolution of Board Responsibility for Compliance Program Oversight

    Will the Pfizer Class Action be the Missing Link? This article examines how OIG's expectations of the role played by a company's Board of Directors in overseeing corporate compliance programs have changed over time in a manner corresponding to Audit Committee requirements of Sarbanes-Oxley. In March 2015, a US district court tentatively approved the settlement of a class action lawsuit filed against Pfizer Inc., in connection with the off-label promotion of a number...
  • FDA to Spend up to $10 Million Strengthening Regulation in South America

    • 17 July 2014
    US regulators are planning to work more closely with a global health group focused heavily on South America in the hopes of strengthening medical product regulatory systems across the region. In an announcement on 8 July 2013, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said it plans to award the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) a contract to help "foster regulatory collaboration and strengthen regulatory capacity throughout the Americas." Regulatory capacity broad...