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    IGDRP Offers Guidance for Quality Assessors on Drug Substances

    The International Generic Drug Regulators Programme (IGDRP) on Tuesday released guidance finalized in June to help regulatory agencies’ quality assessors review technical information on active substances. Initially drafted by regulators from Australia, Canada, Singapore and Switzerland, the document provides assistance to quality assessors in reviewing the technical information contained in the Quality Module (Module 3) of Active Substance Master Files (ASMFs)/Drug...
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    ICH Releases Concept Paper for Planned Guideline on Collecting Safety Data

    The International Conference for Harmonization (ICH) on Wednesday released the concept paper and business plan for its upcoming guideline on targeted approaches to safety data collection. ICH says the goal of the guideline, referred to as ICH E19, will be to provide "harmonized guidance on when it would be appropriate to use a targeted approach to safety data collection in some late-stage pre-marketing or post-marketing studies, and how such an approach would be implemen...
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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...
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    Ethical Guidelines for Human Research Revised

    The Council for International Organizations of Medical Sciences (CIOMS) last week finalized the latest revision to its ethical guidelines for health research involving human participants. According to CIOMS, the revision aims to address challenges and shortcomings with the previous revision from 2002, especially related to value and fairness of research involving human subjects. In 1982, CIOMS released its first set of guidelines aimed at creating a set of international...
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    ICH Looks to Revamp GCP Guidelines, Adds New Members

    Members of the International Council for Harmonisation (ICH) agreed on several moves that would revamp the organization's good clinical practice (GCP) guidelines during a meeting in Osaka, Japan last week. Following discussions, ICH said it plans to conduct a broad review of its guidelines related to GCP and clinical trial design, beginning with a reflection paper expected in early 2017. "This will include updating current guidance on interventional trials and expand on...
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    Australia’s TGA Looks to Mirror US FDA, EMA With Two New Expedited Drug Approval Pathways

    As part of an attempt to catch up with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), European Medicines Agency (EMA) and Health Canada, Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) on Monday released five new consultations for public comment, including one that would forge new priority review and provisional approval pathways. TGA’s priority review pathway, like Health Canada’s and FDA's  pathway with the same name , will involve faster reviews of prescription drugs ...
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    CBER Strategic Plan 2017-2019: Increase Threat Preparedness, Improve International Collaborations

    The US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER) has released an interim strategic plan for FY 2017 through 2019, offering the same six overarching goals the center initially developed in 2011, though with updated strategies to achieve them. The center’s “inherently interrelated” five overarching program goals and final cross-cutting goal include: Goal 1: Increase the nation's preparedness to address threats as a res...
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    EMA Report Emphasizes Need for Coordinating International Regulatory Initiatives

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) on Thursday released what it says is the first comprehensive overview of international regulatory initiatives, calling attention to the need for greater coordination across international regulatory efforts. EMA says the report was developed on behalf of the International Coalition of Medicines Regulatory Authorities (ICMRA) to "provide a general overview of multi-project initiatives in which multiple regulators were involved." Backgro...
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    FDA Releases Guidance on Software as a Medical Device for Consultation

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday opened a public consultation on a harmonized guidance on the clinical evaluation of software as a medical device (SaMD) developed by the International Medical Device Regulators Forum (IMDRF). Proposed Guidance According to IMDRF, the goal of the guidance is "to establish a common and converged understanding of clinical evaluation and principles for demonstrating the safety, effectiveness and performance of [SaMD]." ...
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    EMA’s CHMP Recommends Ban of US CMO’s Medicines

    The European Medicines Agency’s Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) on Friday recommended that medicines manufactured by Maryland-based contract manufacturing organization (CMO) Pharmaceutics International (Pii) should no longer be available in the EU, except for Ammonaps (sodium phenylbutyrate), which is used to treat a rare disease and is considered critical for public health. The recommendation follows a good manufacturing practice (GMP) review afte...
  • ICH and Pharmaceutical Inspection Co-operation Scheme: No Expectations for China or India to Join

    While China and India continue to supply most of the world with pharmaceuticals (and continue to be plagued by quality and data integrity concerns), the Pharmaceutical Inspection Co-operation Scheme (PIC/S) and International Council on Harmonisation (ICH) – two of the largest international pharmaceutical regulatory schemes – say neither China nor India has any plans to join either group in the near future. Paul Hargreaves, chair of PIC/S, explained to attendees at the P...
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    MHRA Cites Pharmaceutics International for GMP Issues at Two US Sites

    The Medicines and Health Care products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) on Wednesday cited US-based contract manufacturing organization Pharmaceutics International, Inc. (Pii) for critical deficiencies at two of its Maryland facilities. In the reports, outlined in two separate statements of non-compliance published to the European Medicine Agency's (EMA) EurdraGMP database, the inspectors say they identified a "failure of organizational and technical measures to minimize the ris...