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    ICH releases revised Q9 guideline to improve risk assessments

    The International Council for Harmonization (ICH) issued a revision of the Q9 guideline that aims to address the shortcomings of the current guideline. The goal of the revision is to provide “more scientific and robust applications of quality risk management principles (QRM)” leading to “fewer quality defects and recalls” and reduced costs for the pharmaceutical industry, according to an ICH business plan .   The ICH Q9(R1) guideline was published on the European Me...
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    Biologics compliance

    This article discusses the phases from the product development to commercialization. Biologics are subject to 21 Code of Federal Regulations in order to meet the criteria established for safety, purity, and potency. Compliance to these regulations should be built based on a quality management system and risk management to capture changes during the product development and process validation phases and prepare a product and facility for inspection readiness. Post commercial...
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    Strategies for managing regulatory risk with third-party distributors

    In today’s global healthcare distribution market, an increasing number of medical device and in vitro diagnostic medical device (IVD) companies are aspiring to market globally. One of the main challenges these manufacturers face is how to register and distribute their products internationally. While direct distribution channels may be feasible for larger multinational corporations, third-party distribution brings its own advantages, and is becoming the norm in today’s land...
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    Animal models have limitations for safety assessment of gene therapies: FDA adcomm

    An advisory committee to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has said animal models are “problematic” in assessing the safety risks of gene therapies derived from adeno-associated virus (AAV) vectors.   FDA’s Cellular, Tissue, and Gene Therapies Advisory Committee (CTGTAC) held a virtual meeting on 2 September to discuss the best animal models to study to assess safety of these products.   “AAV are a popular type of gene therapy, yet we are seeing a variety o...
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    EMA updates COVID-19 vaccine risk management plans to reflect variant safety

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) wants companies to provide safety information on additional strains or variants in an update to its guidance on risk management plans (RMPs) for COVID-19 vaccines. In the update, EMA also discourages sponsors from using passive surveillance to evaluate vaccine safety due to a lack of robustness in these methods.   The plan should be read in conjunction with EMA guidance on good pharmacovigilance practices, including GVP Module V, Mod...
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    GVP: EMA consults on revised risk minimization module

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) on Wednesday released draft versions of the third revision to its good pharmacovigilance practice (GVP) module XVI guideline on risk minimization measures and its second addendum to the guideline on methods for evaluating the effectiveness of risk minimization measures for public consultation.   The deadline to comment on the documents is 28 April 2021 and EMA says it expects the revised guideline and new addendum to come into effect...
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    EMA revises remote pharmacovigilance inspections guide

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has refreshed its points to consider document on remote pharmacovigilance inspections during a crisis, such as the current COVID-19 pandemic.   The revisions to the document are minor and mostly relate to the preparation phase ahead of a pharmacovigilance inspection when an on-site inspection would not be feasible due to a crisis.   In the revised document, EMA has replaced the term “distant/virtual” with “remote” and has expande...
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    TGA explains how it will handle lapsed conformity assessments due to MDR delays, COVID

    Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) on Tuesday released guidance explaining its approach to medical device conformity assessment recertification in light of delays in the implementation of the EU Medical Devices Regulation (MDR) and disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.   “[TGA] is issuing this guidance to inform sponsors … about the general approach the TGA will take to the lapsing of conformity assessment documents due to delays in audits due ...
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    Pharmacovigilance and QPPV: Post-transition guidance from MHRA

    The UK’s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) this week issued guidance detailing post-transition pharmacovigilance procedures and requirements for having a qualified person responsible for pharmacovigilance (QPPV) and a pharmacovigilance system master file (PSMF) for UK authorized products.   Pharmacovigilance   MHRA says it “will retain responsibility for pharmacovigilance across the UK from 1 January 2021,” but notes that there will be di...
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    Risk management, drug shortages and the EU portal for clinical trials

    Feature articles during May focused on risk management and mitigation in dealing with contractors and vendors and included articles on best practices in good vendor management, use of risk management to support outsourcing activities, testing in-house versus outsourcing, and outsourcing in regulatory operations. Also included were in-depth examinations of challenges and opportunities in “bespoke” therapies, a critical appraisal of drug shortages in Germany and an update on...
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    A guide to good vendor management

    This article addresses best practices for regulatory affairs departments in their work with vendors. The author provides an overview of the vendor-contract giver relationship, then discusses finding an appropriate vendor, due diligence in selecting a vendor, vendor-related risk management, contract management, performance evaluation, maintaining the vendor-contract giver relationship, and the importance of follow-up meetings, audits, and reviews.   Introduction   A...
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    Using risk management to support outsourcing activities

    This article outlines organizational risks and benefits with respect to third-party vendors and partnerships in regulatory affairs functions. It also discusses the different controls available to apply an effective risk management program in an organization.   Introduction   The use of contracted or third-party services can be an effective way for organizations to resource projects or programs. This way of working has been a growing trend in business operations, e...