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    European Commission identifies 10 ‘promising’ COVID treatments

    The European Commission (EC) on 22 October released a list of the 10 “most promising treatments” for COVID-19 as part of its strategy to support the development of new therapies.   A panel of scientific experts selected the 10 drugs from a pool of 82 therapeutic candidates that are in late-stage clinical development.    “In selecting the 10 most promising candidates, experts focused on the product categories with the highest potential impact on the pandemic: produc...
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    Regulatory considerations for real-world research studies in Europe

    Real-world research studies are a valuable source of real-world evidence (RWE). In Europe, successful deployment of these studies is dependent on identifying, understanding, and demonstrating which regulations are not applicable, as well as identifying (and complying with) the regional (Europe Union) and national requirements that are applicable.   Introduction The European Medicines Agency (EMA) recently called for high-quality observational research of real-world...
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    Euro Roundup: EU launches survey for COVID-19 drug developers

    The EU is holding a survey to understand the needs of companies developing new and repurposed treatments for COVID-19. The follows the European Commission’s recent strategy to support the approval of up to five new COVID-19 drugs by the end of the year.   (RELATED: EC strategy aims for 3-5 new COVID therapeutics by year end , Regulatory Focus 6 May 2021)   In the survey, the EU asks for information about the COVID-19 therapies companies are developing, includi...
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    IVDR: MDCG charts rollout in new implementation plan

    The European Commission’s Medical Device Coordination Group (MDCG) this week released its joint implementation and preparedness plan for the In Vitro Diagnostic Medical Devices Regulation (IVDR) set to take effect next May.   With the date of application of the Medical Devices Regulation (MDR) now in the rear view, MDCG’s attention is turned to challenges on the horizon related to IVDR. MDCG previously released a joint implementation plan for MDR in March 2020, bef...
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    Euro Roundup: EMA streamlines processes to handle COVID-19 volume

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) is temporarily revising its processes to cope with a rising volume of work related to the COVID-19 pandemic. EMA made the changes to ensure it can handle a “very active pipeline” that is expected to yield up to five COVID-19 therapies this year.   Faced with that workload, EMA is temporarily freeing co-rapporteurs from the need to provide their own assessment reports on initial marketing authorization applications for non-COVID-19 ...
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    European Commission kicks off review of pharmaceutical legislation

    As part of its broader pharmaceutical strategy, the European Commission on Tuesday released a roadmap for its planned revision of the EU’s aging pharmaceutical legislation next year.   The Commission adopted its pharmaceutical strategy last November following a public consultation earlier in the year. “[The strategy] is intended to make the European pharmaceutical system patient-centered, future-proof and crisis-resistant,” the Commission writes. (RELATED: European C...
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    European Commission tightens requirements for duplicate MAAs

    The European Commission earlier this month issued an updated notice detailing how it handles duplicate marketing authorization applications (MAAs) for pharmaceuticals and biologics, three years after launching a targeted consultation on the practice.   While the notice still foresees an increase in the number of requests for duplicate MAAs, the Commission has closed off the ability of companies to request duplicate MAAs solely to introduce a first generic to their own ...
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    EC advances amendment to speed adapted COVID vaccines

    The European Commission on Wednesday advanced a delegated regulation that would give the European Medicines Agency (EMA) the authority to more quickly authorize COVID-19 vaccines that have been adapted to address variants of the virus.   “We are enabling EMA to fast-track regulatory approval of updated vaccines to tackle new variants. Faster approval means more vaccines in circulation and more Europeans protected from the virus,” said European Commission President Ursu...
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    MDCG issues guidance on Eudamed alternatives

    The European Commission’s Medical Device Coordination Group (MDCG) last week issued guidance on administrative practices and alternative technical solutions on the application of certain Medical Device Regulation (MDR) provisions in the absence of a fully functional Eudamed system.   While the first of six Eudamed modules was made available late last year, the remaining modules are expected to be rolled out by the database’s May 2022 date of application. Some modules, ...
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    EU regulators expand use of remote source data verification in clinical trials

    The latest update to the European Commission and European Medicines Agency’s guidance on managing clinical trials conducted during the COVID-19 pandemic expands the use and scope of remote source data verification (rSDV) in clinical trials.   Previous versions of the guidance envisioned that rSDV would “only be considered necessary for very few trials” involving the treatment or prevention of COVID-19, “Or in the final data cleaning steps before database lock in pivota...
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    BSI UK Becomes Second NB Designated Under IVDR

    The European Commission on Monday updated its NANDO database to include BSI Assurance UK Ltd as the second notified body (NB) designated under the In Vitro Diagnostic Regulation (IVDR). BSI said it is the first NB to achieve full scope designation, which covers all devices for IVDR. "This includes several new categories of devices with specific characteristics that were not covered by the In Vitro Diagnostics Directive [IVDD] such as cancer tests, genetic tests, physiol...
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    MDR/IVDR Guidance: MDCG Explains What’s Coming

    The European Commission’s Medical Device Coordination Group (MDCG) on Friday unveiled its plans for releasing almost 50 future guidance documents related to the Medical Devices Regulation (MDR) and the In Vitro Diagnostic Regulation (IVDR), with the bulk of the new guidance coming on the oversight of notified bodies (NBs) and clinical investigations and evaluation (CIE). The list also notes that much of the guidance will be endorsed by the MDCG later this year or in 202...