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    Biden’s day one regulatory freeze

    Newly inaugurated President Joe Biden wasted little time in acting to halt former President Donald Trump’s “midnight regulations” and to revoke some of his predecessor’s controversial deregulatory orders in his first day in office.   Biden’s “regulatory freeze” memorandum will likely impact several moves by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in the final days and weeks of the Trump administration that impact the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), e...
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    Q4 Regulatory Focus Article Series: Regulatory Intelligence

    Q4 Regulatory Focus Article Series: Regulatory Intelligence   RAPS is pleased to bring you another edition of its Regulatory Focus Article Series, comprised of timely and relevant technical articles, case studies, interviews, and research reports. These topic-focused collections are intended to benefit RAPS members responsible for healthcare-related products. Articles are developed by global subject-matter experts representing a range of regulatory responsibiliti...
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    Updated Regulatory Writing Book Now Available

    It isn’t easy to be a highly effective regulatory writer, but clear, well-written documentation is a critical part of bringing essential medicines and medical products to market. In RAPS’ newly released, Regulatory Writing: An Overview, Second Edition , aspiring and experienced writers alike will find expert guidance and advice that is easy to apply. Completely updated from the previous edition, Regulatory Writing covers content development for regulatory documents...
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    November's Regulatory Focus: US, China, and EU: Regulatory and strategic considerations

    Feature articles during November focused on a range of topics, including a comparison of US drug regulatory pathways with those in China, as well as the application of EU and US guidelines during product development for advanced therapies. The line-up also included articles on the challenges in getting contemporaneous approval for medicines and companion diagnostics, and the importance of early planning in preparation for the transition to the EU In Vitro Diagnostic Devi...
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    Comparison of pharmaceutical development drug regulatory pathways in the US and China

    The US has the largest pharmaceutical market in the world, as well as the highest expenditure in research and development (R&D). Right behind the US is China, in second place, as it steadily closes the gap, with increasing government investment in R&D and programs promoting the development of innovative medicines targeting the global market. To close that gap, there should be a strong R&D infrastructure, effective intellectual property protection, integration in global sta...
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    October’s Regulatory Focus: The regulatory toolbox

    Feature articles during October focused on the regulatory toolbox – the tools for routine regulatory work, from the basics for needed by newcomers to the specialty items needed by seasoned pros  working in the EU and the US. The articles collectively provide accessible, evidence-based, and (mostly) free informational tools, such as health agency guidances and best practices guidelines and advice on effective communication and career options and development.    Setting u...
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    RAPS' virtual Euro Convergence 'provides needed forum' for European regulatory pros

    RAPS’ weeklong 2020 Euro Convergence wrapped up today, fittingly concluding with a session devoted to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the future of regulatory. The profound effects of the pandemic have reached across myriad aspects of healthcare and regulation, forcing regulators and regulated industry to adapt and collaborate in new ways, streamline processes and work on accelerated timeframes.   Euro Convergence programming also had to adapt to suit this yea...
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    Euro Convergence: Looming deadlines, regulatory bottlenecks keep EU officials up at night

    The opening plenary session of the Euro Convergence 2020 virtual meeting brought together regulatory professionals from industry, notified bodies and competent authorities. The virtual format, said co-chair  Gert Bos, FRAPS of the Netherlands’ Qserve Group, meant that it was possible to draw together a record 14 individuals for the session.   Co-chair Sabina Hoekstra-van den Bosch, PharmD, FRAPS, asked session participants what is keeping them up at night in 2020, espe...
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    Making the transition from regulatory manager to regulatory consultant

    This article is about making the transition from company-based regulatory management to regulatory consultancy. It describes the differences between the two roles and provides hands-on, detailed guidance on best practices and how to prepare and tool up for consulting. The author presents a case study demonstrating step by step how a consultant drew on those practices and tools to assist an overseas client in successfully marketing an existing medical device in the US.   ...
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    EC’s Erik Hansson among panelists for Euro Convergence opening plenary

    Erik Hansson, the European Commission’s deputy head of devices, will be among the expert panelists kicking off RAPS’ 2020 Euro Convergence , being held live online, 26–30 October. The 26 October plenary, Global Perspectives on the 2020 Regulatory Landscape, will feature 16 regulatory experts from organizations including government agencies, notified bodies and manufacturers. Hansson leads the EC’s operational team dealing with the implementation of the EU Medical Devic...
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    US-focused regulatory toolbox: The basics

    This article examines regulatory tools found mostly on the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) website for use by regulatory affairs professionals interested in drug products and medical devices marketed in the United States.   FDA guidance documents 1 Guidance documents represent the agency’s current thinking or interpretation of a particular policy or topic. They are an especially useful tool for RA professionals dealing with issues such as drug development ...
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    RAPS Euro Convergence to address Europe’s top regulatory challenges, say conference co-chairs

    RAPS’ 2020 Euro Convergence kicks off in less than three weeks. The conference, which had originally been scheduled to take place in Brussels in May, will be held all online, 26–30 October. It follows the successful, first-ever virtual RAPS Convergence last month, and comes at a crucial time for the life sciences sector in Europe. Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, regulatory professionals working with products for the European market had their hands full. The pendi...