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    Best practices and education for probiotics amid regulatory uncertainty

    Nearly 3 years have passed since the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued its draft guidance for industry on the labeling of probiotic quantity. During that time, consumer interest in probiotics has increased, product innovation has expanded, and the body of scientific research has grown – all with no final guidance or updates from the agency. With the growth of this category and continued regulatory uncertainty, responsible industry has stepped up with best practi...
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    EMA preps for EU common standard on electronic product information

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) this week launched a stakeholder consultation on a draft EU common standard for electronic product information (ePI) for human medicines.   The common standard would provide a semi-structured template for ePI incorporating the authorized, statutory product information for medicines, including the summary of product characteristics (SmPC), labeling and package leaflet. EMA says that ePI will be better suited “for electronic handling a...
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    Drug labeling authority, UDI program reviewed by Harvard-based researchers

    Two papers in JAMA Internal Medicine highlighted separate, but important issues concerning the US Food and Drug Administration’s authority to modify package inserts and the effect of a recently shuttered agency initiative.   In a Viewpoint, Bishal Gyawali, MD, PhD, and colleagues at the Program on Regulation, Therapeutics and Law (PORTAL) research group at Harvard Medical School and Brigham & Women’s Hospital suggested improving FDA’s authority to modify drug package...
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    April’s Regulatory Focus: Professional and career development

    Feature articles during April focused on the regulatory profession and specifically, professional development and career advancement. Included were articles on the mid-career transition from research scientist to regulatory professional, continuous professional development and the value of graduate-level qualifications, and findings from two surveys on different aspects of the profession. Other articles examined communication – one on persuasive skills, another on dissemin...
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    Value of an RA qualification in continuous professional development and career progression

    Continuous professional development (CPD) is important for employee personal development and is of strategic value for organizations. Having qualified and knowledgeable personnel can help deploy strategy and yield competitive advantage in the marketplace. This article presents the results of a qualitative and quantitative study on the progression and experiences of industry-based graduates who completed a masters in regulatory affairs. The results demonstrate that regulato...
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    The PhD scientist’s pathway into regulatory affairs

    Making a transition from a life and health science research scientist to a regulatory affairs professional can be challenging. It is difficult to gain the requisite experience in an academic or industry research setting. However, the combination of an advanced science degree, transferable skills, and professional experiences can make this transition attainable.   Intellectual curiosity is often the impetus for pursuing a doctorate degree (PhD). The desire to learn a su...
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    Health Canada drafts guidance on electronic media in labeling

    Health Canada last week launched a public consultation on its draft guidance for drugmakers on incorporating electronic media, such as websites or mobile applications, in prescription drug labeling.   The public consultation runs until 7 May 2021 and seeks feedback from industry, health professionals and the public on the agency’s proposed guidance. The draft guidance is built around Health Canada’s existing legal framework for labeling and explains the agency’s expect...
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    EMA offers labeling flexibilities for COVID therapeutics

    After providing flexibility on labeling requirements for COVID-19 vaccines last year, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) on Monday offered guidance on when those flexibilities could be applied to COVID-19 therapeutics.   The temporary labeling and packaging flexibilities for COVID-19 vaccines are outlined in a memorandum of understanding between the European Commission and EU member states and a questions and answers guidance from EMA . The flexibilities include al...
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    December's Regulatory Focus: APL and the role of social media

    December 2020. It’s been just one year since we finished the last Regulatory Focus issue on advertising and labeling, yet it feels like a lifetime. In March, as the true impact of COVID-19 kicked in and we retreated from the office space to our home offices, it was hard to envision how we would prevail, both personally and professionally. But our industry, and particularly regulatory advertising and labeling, did not skip a beat and instead, stayed the course and perseve...
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    Making the transition from regulatory manager to regulatory consultant

    This article is about making the transition from company-based regulatory management to regulatory consultancy. It describes the differences between the two roles and provides hands-on, detailed guidance on best practices and how to prepare and tool up for consulting. The author presents a case study demonstrating step by step how a consultant drew on those practices and tools to assist an overseas client in successfully marketing an existing medical device in the US.   ...
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    FDA revises draft PLLR guidance

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Wednesday revised its draft guidance providing recommendations on the content and format of labeling required under the pregnancy and lactation labeling rule (PLLR).   The draft guidance was first issued alongside the final PLLR in 2014, with the rule itself taking effect in June 2015. The PLLR revised labeling requirements under the 2006 physician labeling rule, to “provide a framework for clearly communicating information ...
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    Global front-of-pack nutrition labeling schemes: Impact on marketing strategies

    This article discusses the global proliferation of various front-of-pack nutrition labeling systems, launched as a tool to help control and reduce the incidence of obesity and other noncommunicable diseases, such as cardiovascular diseases, some cancers, and diabetes. The author addresses critical changes introduced internationally to food and beverage labels, proposals that are currently under consideration, and key elements companies should be aware of when planning mark...