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    FDA finalizes ASCA pilot guidance as it gears up for launch

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday issued three final guidances on its Accreditation Scheme for Conformity Assessment (ASCA) pilot program.   The program, which arose out of the negotiations for the current Medical Device User Fee Amendments (MDUFA IV), is meant to increase “consistency, predictability and efficiency” during the premarket review of medical devices by creating a scheme for accrediting third party testing laboratories to eligible con...
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    FDA Details New Manufacturing Quality Pilot Program

    The US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) last month released details on its upcoming voluntary medical device manufacturing and product quality pilot program as part of its Case for Quality (CfQ) initiative. "CDRH envisions a future state where the medical device ecosystem is inherently focused on device features and manufacturing practices that have the greatest impact on product quality and patient safety," FDA write...
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    CDRH to Launch 'Critical to Quality' Pilot Program

    The US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) will lead a pilot program to define characteristics of a device that are critical to product quality and how these characteristics are controlled in design and manufacturing prior to the postmarket inspection. The voluntary pilot, which will run from 29 September to 31 December 2018, invites firms submitting a Premarket Approval Application (PMA) to consider participating ...
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    Help Wanted: FDA Seeks Digital Health Entrepreneurs

    Details of how the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is planning to tackle the growing digital health industry are slowly trickling out, and on Wednesday the agency announced it will establish an Entrepreneur-in-Residence (EIR) Program to support and help develop its Software Precertification (PreCert) Pilot Program. The idea is to embed these entrepreneurs for a minimum of three days per week on FDA’s White Oak campus to help analyze software business processes...
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    Professors Offer 3 Questions on FDA’s New Digital Health Framework

    The US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) recent push to reshape how it regulates digital health products with shifts to third-party certification and more postmarket reviews is called into question by three law professors in Health Affairs , who offer up three questions about the direction of the plan. First, the professors from Southern Methodist University, Indiana University and Harvard write that the recently passed 21st Century Cures Act does not includ...
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    FDA Offers More Details on Digital Health Precertification Pilot

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) this week sought to answer some frequently asked questions regarding the rollout of its new precertification pilot program for digital health products, which is expected to begin 1 September and only include nine participating companies. The third-party certification program, first announced in June by FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, will assess developers based on their software development, validation and mai...
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    FDA Updates on Digital Health Plans, Software Pre-Certification Pilot

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday released new details on its plans for regulating digital health technologies, including more information about its upcoming pilot program to pre-certify software-based medical devices. According to the agency's newly released Digital Health Innovation Action Plan , FDA's Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) plans to improve the landscape for digital health technologies by developing guidance on the medic...
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    EMA-FDA QbD Pilot Program Led to Further Harmonization

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) and US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have wrapped up a joint pilot program assessing applications containing Quality by Design (QbD) elements that led to further hamornization of concepts introduced through the International Council for Harmonisation (ICH). Background The joint pilot program, initially launched in March 2011 for three years, was extended for two more years in 2014 to facilitate further harmonization of per...
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    CMS Drops Medicare Part B Drug Payment Pilot

    The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) late Thursday decided to abandon a pilot plan that aimed to lower Medicare pharmaceutical spending. The Part B Drug Payment Model , first unveiled in March, would have tested whether alternative drug payment designs will lead to a reduction in Medicare expenditures. CMS said in a statement on Friday to Focus : "After considering comments, CMS will not finalize the Medicare Part B Drug Payment Model during this Adm...
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    EMA to Continue Adaptive Pathways Program as Pilot Ends

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) on Wednesday published a final report on its experience from its adaptive pathways pilot project, noting that a few aspects of the program need to be further improved and refined moving forward.  Though the vast majority of applications for the pilot were rejected, EMA said that moving forward, the agency needs to further integrate the patient voice into the program and refine the definition of methodologically sound strategies for col...
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    FDA Begins Intercenter Pilot Project on Combination Products

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced Monday that it is beginning a new pilot project linked to its intercenter consult request (ICCR) process for combination products of drugs, medical devices and/or biologics. To improve combo product submission review at FDA, the agency is stressing the need for closer intercenter collaboration and communication and is planning to test certain aspects of those collaborations in the pilot, with the goal of achieving imple...
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    EMA to Continue Parallel Scientific, HTA Advice Following Successful Pilot

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) says its pilot project for delivering scientific advice to sponsors in parallel with health technology assessment (HTA) bodies has been successful in helping to design efficient clinical development plans and speeding access to new drugs. Due to the success of the pilot, which concluded on Wednesday, EMA says it will continue to offer parallel scientific advice as part of its routine activities. "Our parallel scientific advice fosters...