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    TGA gives Pfizer COVID vaccine provisional determination

    Another vaccine against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes the novel coronavirus, has received provisional determination from Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA). Pfizer, doing business in Australia as Pfizer Australia Pty Ltd, received the determination on 14 October for its messenger ribonucleic acid (mRNA) COVID-19 vaccine candidate, BNT162b2.   The decision comes after a 9 October decision by TGA to grant provisional determination to AstraZeneca’s rec...
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    TGA explains how it will handle lapsed conformity assessments due to MDR delays, COVID

    Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) on Tuesday released guidance explaining its approach to medical device conformity assessment recertification in light of delays in the implementation of the EU Medical Devices Regulation (MDR) and disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.   “[TGA] is issuing this guidance to inform sponsors … about the general approach the TGA will take to the lapsing of conformity assessment documents due to delays in audits due ...
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    TGA moves AstraZeneca's vaccine on first step toward approval

    The Australian Therapeutic Good Administration (TGA) has taken the first step toward provisional approval of the vaccine against COVID-19 being developed by AstraZeneca in collaboration with the University of Oxford. The decision was made after reviewing the firm’s clinical trial plan and weighing the threats of the pandemic, said TGA in announcing its decision.   On 9 October, TGA gave AstraZeneca’s recombinant chimpanzee adenovirus vector vaccine, ChAd0x1-S, a prov...
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    Asia Regulatory Roundup: Hong Kong Proposes Regulatory Framework for Cell and Gene Therapies

    Welcome to our Asia Regulatory Roundup, our weekly overview of the top regulatory news in Asia.   Hong Kong Proposes Regulatory Framework for Cell and Gene Therapies   Hong Kong has proposed legislation to create a regulatory framework for advanced therapy products (ATPs), such as interventions based on cells, genes and tissues. The plan is to amend existing laws to create licensing, labeling and record-keeping requirements for ATPs.   Work to update the law ...
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    Asia Regulatory Roundup: Pakistan Seeks Expert to Help Harmonize Regulations With Global Best Practices

    Welcome to our Asia Regulatory Roundup, our weekly overview of the top regulatory news in Asia.   New Zealand Extends Timelines for Reporting Medical Device Adverse Events   The New Zealand Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Authority (Medsafe) has given companies more time to report adverse events involving their medical devices.   Under the old rules, manufacturers of medical devices had seven calendar days to report incidents of actual or potential death...
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    Asia Regulatory Roundup: TGA Offers Advice on Managing Shortages Triggered by Ranitidine Recalls

    Welcome to our Asia Regulatory Roundup, our weekly overview of the top regulatory news in Asia.   TGA Offers Advice on Managing Shortages Triggered by Ranitidine Recalls   Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has advised physicians about how to manage the shortages created by recalls of ranitidine medicines. The notice follows decisions by eight companies to recall batches of ranitidine medicines in response to contamination concerns.   TGA firs...
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    3D Bio-Printed Products: ICMRA Members Discuss Potential Regulatory Frameworks

    As part of a project on emerging technologies, six regulators involved in the International Coalition of Medicines Regulatory Authorities (ICMRA) recently published a case study delving into the challenges of regulating 3D bio-printed products. In this hypothetical case, the regulators evaluated 3D bio-printed knee meniscus tissue and discussed how they would tackle similar products. The case study was conducted by Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), Bra...
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    Asia Regulatory Roundup: Australia Suspends Sales of Eight Breast Implants After Safety Review

    Welcome to our Asia Regulatory Roundup, our weekly overview of the top regulatory news in Asia.   Australia Suspends Sales of Eight Breast Implants After Safety Review   Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has suspended the sale of eight breast implants after finishing its review of the safety of the product class. The action gives affected manufacturers a chance to meet patient safety requirements, but TGA thinks there are likely grounds to perman...
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    Asia Regulatory Roundup: TGA Adopts Risk-Based Model for Fecal Microbiota Transplants

    Welcome to our Asia Regulatory Roundup, our weekly overview of the top regulatory news in Asia.   TGA Adopts Risk-Based Model for Fecal Microbiota Transplants   Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has adopted a risk-based approach to the regulation of fecal microbiota transplants (FMT). TGA decided to treat FMT products as anything from Class 1 biologicals to Class 4 medicines after running a public consultation earlier in the year.   The model...
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    Asia Regulatory Roundup: Australia Aligns Sartan Rules to EMA as Singapore Finds NDMA in Ranitidine Drugs

    Welcome to our Asia Regulatory Roundup, our weekly overview of the top regulatory news in Asia.   Australia Aligns Sartan Rules to EMA as Singapore Finds NDMA in Ranitidine Drugs   Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has aligned its requirements for sartan medicines with those adopted in Europe. The action coincided with news from Singapore about the presence of N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), one of the key sartan impurities, in GlaxoSmithKline’s Z...
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    Asia Regulatory Roundup: TGA Seeks Feedback on Planned Changes to Medical Device Rules

    Welcome to our Asia Regulatory Roundup, our weekly overview of the top regulatory news in Asia.   TGA Seeks Feedback on Planned Changes to Medical Device Rules   Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) is seeking feedback on two sets of medical device proposals. The proposals address essential principles for safety and performance and the regulatory requirements for medical device systems and procedure packs.   Both documents grew out of the Austra...
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    Asia Regulatory Roundup: China Releases UDI Rules as Pilot Progresses

    Welcome to our Asia Regulatory Roundup, our weekly overview of the top regulatory news in Asia.   TGA Seeks Feedback on Plan to List Excipients in Drug Products Online   Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) is seeking feedback on plans to list the excipients in medicines online. TGA is considering enforcing the change to give consumers access to information about the products they consume.   Today, the public version of the Australian Register f...