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    CDRH to Pilot Accreditation Scheme for Conformity Assessment Program

    A new Q&A sets the stage for how the US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Accreditation Scheme for Conformity Assessment (ASCA) will be piloted via the Standards and Conformity Assessment Program in FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH).   The ASCA pilot program is intended to “minimize the need to submit complete tests reports and reduce the number of additional information requests,” FDA said . Greater consistency in these reports and predicta...
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    FDA Tweaks List of Recognized Consensus Standards for Devices

    A total of about 90 consensus standards used for device premarket reviews and other device regulatory requirements will undergo certain modifications set forth Friday in a notice from the US Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH).   The 14-page notice “will assist manufacturers who elect to declare conformity with consensus standards to meet certain requirements for medical devices,” CDRH said. It includes a list of the modif...
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    Use of Standards at CBER: New Draft Guidance

    The US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER) on Monday released draft guidance offering recommendations on the use of standards in product development and the use of such standards in CBER’s managed review process. The draft describes how standards are developed, the benefits of using standards and CBER’s policy on accepting standards used in regulatory submissions. Questions and answers contained within the draf...
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    A New Regulatory Paradigm for Medical Devices in India

    This article explains medical device classification rules, manufacturer registration procedures, dossier filing procedures, and pre-clinical and marketing application approval processes. Introduction Medical devices are a multi-billion-dollar global industry with continuous growth opportunities due to advancements in technology and new innovations. However, innovations and new advancements do not always reach patients due to a lack of clarity related to the approval p...
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    ISO: Identification of Medicinal Products Standards Revised

    The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) is revising a series of standards known as Identification of Medicinal Products (IDMP) standards as part of an effort to simplify the exchange of medicinal product information. "When regulators adopt IDMP, their capacity to interoperate with each other makes for safer patient care; this is, for example, a huge benefit for adverse-event reporting and for documenting medication in patient records," Christian Hay...
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    UK Strategy for Pharmacopeial Quality Standards for Biologics: MHRA Discusses Comments

    Trade associations, manufacturers, academia and researchers have offered their opinions on the UK’s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) draft strategy for crafting pharmacopeial standards for biologics, according to a report issued Monday. In general, MHRA says the responses supported the value of standardization, and found that areas where standards could add value included providing guidance and ensuring consistency for product characterizat...
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    CDRH Clarifies Process for Consensus Standard Recognition Requests

    The US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) this week detailed changes to its process for handling requests for the agency to recognize new voluntary consensus standards for medical devices, as required by the 21st Century Cures Act . Medical device makers often rely on consensus standards in the development and testing of their products, and FDA allows device makers to submit a declaration of conformity to show that the...
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    FDA Seeks Input on Device Accreditation Pilot

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Monday asked stakeholders for input on its planned pilot program for accrediting medical device test laboratories in an effort to boost device makers' ability to rely on conformity to recognized standards to support premarket submissions. As part of the agency's negotiations with industry for reauthorizing the Medical Device User Fee Amendments (MDUFA) , FDA agreed to establish a program for accrediting test labs that evalu...
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    Committee Recommends Adding UDIs to Insurance Claims Forms

    The group tasked with developing the standards for insurance claims forms on Wednesday recommended including unique device identifiers (UDI) on claims forms. Specifically, the Accredited Standards Committee X12 recommended that the device identifier portion of a UDI be included when high-risk devices are implanted or removed "due to safety concerns about premature failure." The recommendations are now undergoing a three-month consultation ending on 2 May 2017. Following...
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    When Can Drugmakers Cite Quality Standards From Foreign Compendia? FDA Explains

    An updated Manual of Policies and Procedures (MAPP) for the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Office of Pharmaceutical Quality (OPQ) lays out when drug sponsors and applicants can propose specifications for excipients, drug substances and drug products in their applications based on quality standards in the British Pharmacopoeia (BP), the European Pharmacopoeia (EP) or the Japanese Pharmacopoeia (JP). Updated from 2007 and 2014 versions, the MAPP says that such ci...
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    European Regulatory Roundup: EMA Maps International Regulatory Coordination (12 January 2017)

    Welcome to our European Regulatory Roundup, our weekly overview of the top EU regulatory news. EMA Maps International Regulatory Coordination Initiatives to Show Overlaps, Gaps The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has mapped cooperative regulatory initiatives to better understand how and where international peers are working together. EMA found there were a “myriad of initiatives but no strategic coordination,” prompting it to warn regulators are duplicating effo...
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    Asia Regulatory Roundup: CFDA Offers Device Monitoring Guidance (1 November 2016)

    Welcome to our Asia Regulatory Roundup, our weekly overview of the top regulatory news in Asia . CFDA Posts Draft Medical Device Adverse Event Monitoring Guidance China’s Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) has posted draft guidance on post-marketing supervision of medical devices. The guidance sets out the role regional and national regulators, medical device manufacturers and adverse event monitoring technology institutions will play in tracking the safety of...