• RF Quarterly

    Evolution of the Japanese regulatory system and agencies

    The Japanese regulatory system has been recognized as one of the most sophisticated and stringent regulatory systems in the world. The regulatory policies are developed and administered by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW), the Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Agency (PMDA) executes the policies, and certain authorities are delegated to local governments. Over the last 6 decades, the Japanese regulator has faced many challenges but has kept enhancing the...
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    Current good manufacturing practices and quality system design

    Quality by design, or the principle of building quality into a product and testing, was introduced in 2011 as process validation guidance. Today it is codified within the Title 21 section 820. The quality management system (QMS) encompasses this principle in all areas of healthcare manufacturing – including drugs, biologics, and devices – and, with compliance, can ensure the safety and effectiveness of all manufactured products. The establishment, implementation, and maint...
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    Medical device quality management systems

    Introduction A quality management system (QMS) is one of the five medical device conformity assessment elements. 1 Manufacturers of medical devices are expected to implement, document, and maintain a QMS that “ensures the medical devices it designs, manufactures, and supplies to the market are safe, perform as intended, and comply with the relevant provisions of the regulations in the countries where the product is made available.” 2   Today, a QMS is seen as a ...
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    RWD, RWE, and improved patient outcomes: From FDA's Mini-Sentinel to real-world examples

    Uses of real-world data and evidence (RWD and RWE) have proliferated in recent years, driven by advances in data-gathering tools and methods and enhanced understanding of the value of such data and evidence. Under the 21st Century Cures Act of 2016, Congress codified RWD and RWE in the drug development and approval process. There are many opportunities for the use of RWD and RWE in the approval, labeling, clinical use, and marketing of medical products to enhance individu...
  • OSE's annual report details Sentinel efforts during COVID pandemic

    The US Food and Drug Organization’s (FDA’s) Office of Surveillance and Epidemiology issued its first-ever annual report summing up the office’s work.   The scope of the office’s charge meant that during the pandemic, staff effort was largely directed toward addressing the global public health emergency of the COVID-19 pandemic, noted Gerald Dal Pan, director of FDA’s Office of Surveillance and Epidemiology (OSE).   However, OSE also continued its efforts in other a...
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    MDR, IVDR, and compliance: A guide for distributors

    Distributors must prepare for new incoming requirements under EU medical device and in vitro diagnostic device regulations. The importance of establishing an effective quality management system, drafting comprehensive contractual agreements and, if required, engaging notified bodies, has created much uncertainty for distributors. To fulfil these new requirements and maintain device supply chains, it is essential for distributors to act early, ensure sufficient in-house com...
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    New MAPP details when FDA notifies drugmakers about ARIA studies

    In a new manual of policies and procedures (MAPP) released on Monday, the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) explains how and when it will notify applicants when the agency plans to study a product using its Sentinel active risk identification and analysis (ARIA) system.   Before FDA can require a postmarketing study or clinical trial for a drug, it must determine whether its ARIA system or adverse event reporting sys...
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    Experts Tell Device Companies Not to Fret Over QMS Transition

    Ahead of the proposed shift away from the current US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) quality management system (QMS) CFR 21 Part 820 regulation toward ISO 13485:2016, a new white paper sheds light on how the action will impact medical device development. The white paper identified three interrelated principles that will define the direction of the agency’s process, which has yet to be clearly defined, after the transition . These principles relate to the concept of ...
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    WHO Consults on QMS Guideline for Regulators

    The World Health Organization (WHO) in January released for consultation a draft of its upcoming guideline on implementing quality management systems (QMS) for national regulatory authorities (NRAs).   Specifically, the 96-page draft guideline is meant to fill the gaps for NRAs looking to implement a QMS based on the International Organization for Standardization’s (ISO) 9001:2015 Quality Management Systems – Requirements standard, as other existing QMS guidelines do n...
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    Sentinel: FDA Outlines Five-Year Roadmap

    As the US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Sentinel Initiative approaches its 11 th anniversary, the agency on Wednesday laid out its vision for enhancing the system over the next five years.   First launched as a pilot program in 2008, the Sentinel Initiative encompasses FDA’s effort to meet obligations set by Congress in the 2007 Food and Drug Administration Amendments Act to develop a system for active postmarket risk identification and analysis for medical p...
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    FDA Hands Akorn 483 Over GMP Issues at New Jersey Site

    In an inspection report released Friday, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) details 11 observations from an inspection of Akorn’s Somerset, New Jersey facility in July and August of this year.   This is the second Form 483 Akorn has received in 2018. In May the company was handed a Form 483 listing a total of 13 observations from an inspection of the company’s Decatur, IL facility, the third inspection report issued for that facility in three years.   Form ...
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    Preparing for and Managing FDA Inspections

    The article discusses best practices for a manufacturer to stay 'inspection ready' on a day-to-day basis with a focus on how to prepare for and successfully manage FDA inspections from start to finish. Introduction For pharmaceutical manufacturers, US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) inspections are an occasional part of being in business and perhaps a fact-of-life. While FDA is required to inspect drug manufacturing facilities every two years, the agency is also au...