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    510(k) Submissions: CDRH Releases Four Final Guidances

    The US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) on Thursday released four final guidance documents on the Special 510(k) program, the abbreviated 510(k) program, how to format traditional and abbreviated 510(k)s and CDRH’s refuse to accept policy for 510(k)s. As part of a wider, ongoing push to modernize FDA’s 510(k) program, the final guidance documents provide more clarity on several programs the agency has been working on...
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    CDRH Fleshes Out Guidance on Application of Least Burdensome Provisions

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Monday published final guidance on the FD&C Act’s least burdensome provisions for the regulation of medical devices, highlighting recent initiatives via newly added themes. The 24-page document, which finalizes a draft from December 2017, is intended to reflect guiding principles that require “the minimum amount of information necessary to adequately address a relevant regulatory question or issue through the most efficient...
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    CDRH Outlines Next Steps to Implement New Safety and Performance Based Pathway

    Following Tuesday’s final guidance that established a new option for 510(k) clearance, a spokesperson from the Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) at the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) highlighted next steps to implement the new Safety and Performance Based Pathway in 2019. “Our next step is to develop an implementation plan to apply this Safety and Performance Based Pathway,” CDRH spokesperson Angela Stark told Focus . “We encourage industry and o...
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    Special 510(k)s: CDRH’s Proposed Program Expansion Draws Mixed Reactions

    Industry cautioned the special 510(k) program expansion proposal could yield the opposite of its intended goal and further limit eligibility of changes that undergo special 510(k) reviews. The main concern among several device companies, including Thermo Fisher Scientific, Cook Group and Fresenius Kabi USA, relates to a lack of clarity around the process used by agency staff to determine whether a submitted special 510(k) will be converted to a traditional 510(k) prior ...
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    Updated: US-EU Agreement on GMP Inspections Adds 5 More Member States

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) earlier this month confirmed the capabilities of Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Estonia and Latvia so that FDA can now rely on the inspections in each of those countries, reducing the need for duplicative work.   A total of 19 member states in the EU are now qualified by FDA as having the capability, capacity and procedures in place to carry out good manufacturing practice (GMP) inspections at a level equivalent to the US. However,...
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    CDRH Clarifies What Success Means for Special 510(k) Pilot

    Officials at the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) clarified on Thursday how the center intends to assess the success of its new special 510(k) program pilot based on the types of information to be collected.   Last month, CDRH issued draft guidance to propose certain modifications to the existing special 510(k) program aimed at expanding device eligibility criteria and subsequently launched a new pilot to ope...
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    John Lim, Justina Molzon, Barbara Schneeman and Mike Ward to Receive RAPS’ Highest Honor

    RAPS has announced the recipients of its 2018 Founder’s Award. They are: John Lim, MD, executive director, Center of Regulatory Excellence, Singapore; Justina Molzon, JD, former associate center director for international programs, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER), US Food and Drug Administration (FDA); Barbara Schneeman, PhD, former director, Office of Nutrition, Labeling and Dietary Supplements, FDA; and Mike Ward, coordinator, Regulatory System Strengthen...
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    RAPS to Honor Lena Cordie, Alan McEmber for Outstanding Community Leadership

    RAPS has announced the recipients of its 2018 Community Leadership Award. They are: Lena Cordie, president, Qualitas Professional Services, and Alan McEmber, MS, RAC, head, therapeutic area regulatory strategy, Shire. The Community Leadership Award recognizes RAPS members who have helped build thriving local networks, supported fellow regulatory professionals and acted as RAPS ambassadors. Cordie and McEmber will be honored and receive their awards next week during RAP...
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    FDA to Recognize 8 EU Regulators to Conduct GMP Inspections

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday announced that beginning on Wednesday, the agency will recognize eight EU drug regulators – from Austria, Croatia, France, Italy, Malta, Spain, Sweden and the UK – as capable of conducting inspections of manufacturing facilities that meet FDA requirements. The announcement follows the creation of a mutual recognition agreement between the US and EU last March as part of a more collaborative approach to drug ma...
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    EMA and FDA to Begin Sharing Commercially Confidential Information

    Editor's note: this article has been updated with a statement from FDA clarifying that the agency must sign a confidentiality agreement with each EU country before unredacted inspection reports may be shared. As part of a landmark agreement forged in March, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and European Medicines Agency (EMA) said Wednesday that they will soon share non-public and commercially confidential information, including trade secret information. The a...
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    RAPS Honors Regulatory Leaders With Two New Awards

    RAPS will honor two groups of exemplary regulatory leaders next month at its annual Regulatory Convergence conference, being held at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center at National Harbor on the Washington, DC, waterfront 9–12 September . Four outstanding individuals who have had a profound impact on the regulatory profession during their careers will be the inaugural recipients of the Founder’s Award, the profession’s highest honor. Three honorees...
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    US and EU Forge Landmark Agreement to Mutually Recognize Drug Manufacturing Inspections

    After wrangling over the details of trade secrets and inspection differences, the US and EU on Thursday finally announced they have agreed to mutually recognize one another’s pharmaceutical manufacturing inspections – a deal likely to lead to less duplicative inspections and lower costs on both sides of the Atlantic. Originally part of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership discussions under President Barack Obama , the agreement will allow US and EU regulat...