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    EMA Launches Operations in Amsterdam

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) on Monday kicked off operations at its temporary premises at the Spark building in Amsterdam Sloterdijk after moving out of its Canary Wharf office in London on 1 March.   EMA says it is also working with Dutch authorities to finish readying its temporary premises ahead of 30 March, when the agency’s seat officially switches from London to Amsterdam.   “By Monday 18 March, when EMA will be settled in the Spark building, close to ...
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    Health Canada Outlines Plan to Adopt IMDRF Table of Contents

    Health Canada is seeking industry feedback on guidance that describes its plan to formally implement the Table of Contents (ToC) structure, established by the International Medical Device Regulators (IMDRF) for a harmonized approach to the format of medical device market authorization applications. The implementation guidance identifies how Health Canada will adopt ToC formats as part of its efforts to support the global convergence of documentation requirements for m...
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    Transition to ISO 13485:2016 Comes to an End

    The three-year transition period for ISO 13485:2016 officially ended Thursday and as of Friday all ISO 13485:2003 certificates are now null and void, regardless of their original expiration date. The role of the revised standard plays into major regulatory initiatives worldwide aimed at international harmonization. Both the 2003 and the 2016 version of the global consensus standard—developed by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO—co-existed until Thu...
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    EMA Expands Online Portal for Parallel Distribution Submissions

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) on Monday announced that going forward, parallel distributors will be required to use its recently launched secure online portal, known as Iris, to manage and submit parallel distribution notifications.   Background   Parallel distribution, also known as re-exportation, is a process by which companies in the EU distribute centrally authorized medicines between member states, independent of their marketing authorization holder (...
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    HHS Floats Digital Health PreCert Approach as CDRH Limits Pilot Participation

    In a proposed rule from the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the agency is seeking input on whether to expand on the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) digital health pre-certification (PreCert) program for purposes of health IT certification. Yet FDA has said it will limit PreCert participation, for now. The 724-page proposed rule was unveiled on Monday by HHS’s Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC). The move h...
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    European Commission Consults on Orphan Drug Applications

    The European Commission on Tuesday launched a targeted consultation to provide input on a revision of its guideline on the content and format of applications for orphan drug designation, as well as the transfer of designations between sponsors.   "The comments received will be taken into account by the European Commission in the finalization of the guideline on the format and content of application for designation as orphan medicinal products and on the transfer of des...
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    Health Canada Seeks to Better Define Regulatory Requirements for SaMD

    Health Canada released a draft guidance document on Tuesday to aid industry in determining whether the agency intends to regulate a software product as software as a medical device (SaMD). Health Canada notified industry last year of its intent to release draft guidance on SaMD as part of a larger initiative to improve regulatory reviews. The timeline, however, was delayed after a Health Canada scientific advisory panel raised concerns over the previous approach, whic...
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    Cybersecurity: FDA, Industry Groups Welcome Joint Plan

    The Healthcare and Public Health Sector Coordinating Council (HSCC) released a new medical device and health IT joint security plan (JSP) Monday to serve as a reference guide for strengthened cybersecurity. Industry-driven public-private partnership HSCC developed the new JSP in response to 2017 recommendations from the Health Care Industry Cybersecurity Task Force. It specifically addresses the second imperative identified by the task force—increase the security and re...
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    Canada Completes Transition to MDSAP

    Most companies in the Canada market were able to meet the 1 January deadline to complete the transition into the Medical Device Single Audit Program (MDSAP), according to Canada’s MEDEC. "We have been flooded with transition packages and we're going through all of them," Ian Sullivan, regulatory affairs specialist at Health Canada' Medical Devices Bureau, told Focus . The stack of transition packages has taken priority over calculating the final statistics on exact...
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    Democrats, Republicans Unveil Drug Pricing Bills

    As a new Congressional term kicks off, Democrats and Republicans in Congress, as well as the Trump administration, are pushing policies to lower prescription drug prices.   On Wednesday, Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) introduced a bill, dubbed the Safe and Affordable Drugs from Canada Act of 2019, that would allow for Americans to import drugs from Canada. The bill mirrors the bill by the same name championed by the late Sen. John McCain (R-AZ...
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    Health Canada Details Medical Device Action Plan

    Health Canada issued a new action plan on Thursday, detailing a three-part strategy intended to improve safety, oversight and quality in the Canadian medical device ecosystem.   The move follows on the heels of an International Consortium of Investigative Journalists investigation into patient harm linked to surgically implanted medical devices. The investigation  prompted  the Canadian Minister of Health to call on Health Canada to address premarket approval processes...
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    Premarket Device Cybersecurity: Health Canada Issues Draft Guidance

     Health Canada posted a new draft guidance document on Friday to aid medical device manufacturers in complying with premarket cybersecurity requirements.   The move comes as more regulators seek to expand on considerations for the cybersecurity of medical devices as the health care sector became a prime target for cyberattacks amid an increasingly connected ecosystem.   The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued premarket draft guidance for medical devices ...