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    Making the call to test in-house or outsource

    With dynamics across the medical device industry continuing to evolve, manufacturers should evaluate their current standing to ask themselves if they should perform in-house testing, outsource or a combination of both. This article discusses key considerations before making a final decision.   Introduction   Transitioning to the stringent requirements of the European Union Medical Devices Regulation ( EU MDR ) continues to pose significant hurdles for medical dev...
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    FDA issues guidance on PMA, HDE supplements amid COVID-19

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday issued an immediately effective guidance allowing medical device makers to make “limited modifications” to their devices without submitting a premarket approval (PMA) or humanitarian device exemption (HDE) supplement or a 30-day notice during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) public health emergency.   FDA says the policy is meant to give device makers additional flexibility to address supply chain issues stemming ...
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    MHRA launches dedicated COVID-19 Yellow Card site

    The UK’s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) on Thursday launched a dedicated site for reporting side effects and incidents related to medicines and medical devices used in patients infected with SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19.   The COVID-19 Yellow Card reporting site is meant to “enable the MHRA to rapidly identify new and emerging side effects and medical device incidents in COVID-19 treatment, including side effects ...
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    FDA names companies removed from antibody test list

    After tightening its oversight of antibody tests for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) earlier this month, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday began publicly listing commercial manufacturers that have either failed to submit an emergency use authorization (EUA) request or voluntarily withdrew notification for their antibody tests distributed under the agency’s former policy.   In its initial policy in March, FDA said it would not object to the developmen...
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    EC eases rules for renewing notified body designations, explains process for EU-wide derogations

    The European Commission has issued new regulations easing the process for renewing notified body designations prior to the new date of application for the Medical Devices Regulations (MDR), 26 May 2021.   The move comes as the Commission works to realign the various components of its regulatory framework for medical devices to accommodate the one-year MDR delay necessitated by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic and the two-year Eudamed delay announced last y...
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    FDA warns bronchoscope manufacturer for complaint handling, validation issues

    The manufacturer of a rigid bronchoscope system received a warning letter last month from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for lack of adequate evaluation of complaints that components of the system separated during procedures, together with other deficiencies.   Massachusetts-based Lymol Medical Corporation (Lymol) manufactures the Medical Elite X Class Rigid Bronchoscope System and the Lymol Medical Optical Telescope. The FDA warning letter of 7 April 2020...
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    Asia Regulatory Roundup: TGA orders re-evaluation of COVID-19 antibody studies amid false negative concerns

    Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has asked the sponsors of point-of-care tests for antibodies against the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus to re-evaluate their clinical performance studies. TGA made the request after reviewing the findings of a postmarket evaluation carried out by a third party.   The Onsite and VivaDiag tests, which are made by CTK Biotech and VivaChek Biotech, respectively, came to market with instructions for use that quoted sensitivity figu...
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    Swedish notified body is 14th designated under MDR

    Sweden’s Intertek Medical Notified Body AB on Friday became the 14 th notified body designated under the EU Medical Devices Regulation (MDR).   The newly designated notified body is the fifth to be designated in 2020, following the designation of German notified body mdc medical device certification GmbH last month, and the first to be designated in Sweden. (RELATED: German notified body is 13th designated under MDR as MHRA plots delay guidance , Regulatory Focu...
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    WHO issues guidance for prequalified products amid COVID-19

    The World Health Organization (WHO) this month issued guidance detailing its expectations and flexibilities during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic for manufacturers, laboratories and contract research organizations taking part in the agency's prequalifications programs. Localized adjustments in processes and procedures may be necessary for manufacturing, clinical trial and testing organizations due to the coronavirus pandemic, but should aim to minimize the risk of ...
  • FDA warns breast implant manufacturers

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today issued warning letters to two breast implant manufacturers, Allergan and Ideal Implant. Each company was cited for different deficiencies. "The FDA's actions today are part of the agency's ongoing commitment to its public health mission of ensuring patient access to safe and effective medical devices," FDA officials said in a statement. "The FDA remains committed to thoughtful, scientific, transparent, public dialogue conc...
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    EC sets timeline for rolling out Eudamed modules

    The European Commission will begin making some Eudamed modules available next year, including the actor registration module originally anticipated this month, according to an email to members of the Eudamed working groups.   The message was circulated after the one-year delay of the Medical Devices Regulation (MDR) was adopted by the European Council in late April and follows the Commission’s decision to delay the application of Eudamed by two years to May 2022. (REL...
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    MDCG offers guidance on safety reporting for device studies under MDR

    The European Commission’s Medical Device Coordination Group (MDCG) on Wednesday released a new guidance explaining how safety reporting in clinical investigations of medical devices should be performed under the Medical Devices Regulation (MDR).   The guidance comes after both the date of application of the MDR and the launch of Eudamed were delayed by one and two years, respectively. (RELATED: MDR delay official as industry calls to push back IVDR , Regulatory F...