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    Global medicinal supply chain examined in EC, US efforts

    The European Commission has launched a structured dialog addressing pharmaceutical supply chain initiatives, aiming to safeguard the security of the European Union’s supply of medicines. A 26 February launch meeting kicked off the structured dialog initiative, which brings together national authorities, patients, nongovernmental organizations working in the health sector and members of the research community.   By coming to a clearer understanding of how global medical...
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    FDA calls for stakeholders to join MDUFA talks

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday called for non-industry stakeholders, including patient and consumer advocacy groups, to declare their interest in participating in consultation meetings for the next iteration of the Medical Device User Fee Amendments (MDUFA V) by 26 February 2021.   The monthly consultation meetings take place alongside FDA’s negotiations with regulated industry and are expected to begin next month. “FDA believes that consistent...
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    Transforming regulatory strategy to meet the evolving compliance landscape

    Changes in industry regulations are now viewed as one of the top three disruptive business trends facing pharmaceutical and life sciences organizations today. These same pressures are extending to the medical device market. In this article, the authors explore how perception of regulatory compliance is evolving due to a variety of driving forces. They outline the role digital transformation can play in helping pharmaceutical companies meet new regulatory compliance demands...
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    For 2021, CDRH plans full ASCA pilot implementation

    A pilot conformity assessment program will be ready for full launch in 2021, according to a report by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH).   The report reviews the agency’s activities over the past year that supported full implementation of the Accreditation Scheme for Conformity Assessment (ASCA). Chief among these was the September 2020 publication of three final guidance documents that form the framework for ...
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    Recon: Record-shattering 2020 healthcare investment; BIO layoffs

    Welcome to Regulatory Reconnaissance, your daily regulatory news and intelligence briefing.   In Focus: US Who’s who in Biden’s health care team ( Medical Economics ) Biden begins presidency with aggressive healthcare agenda ( Healthcare IT News ) Biden Inherits a Vaccine Supply Unlikely to Grow Before April ( NYT ) Biden administration is trying to figure out what’s delaying Covid vaccine shots, CDC says ( CNBC ) How To Fix The Covid-19 Vaccine Rollout ( Forbes )...
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    FDA allows modifications to coagulation monitoring systems for COVID-19

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is allowing manufacturers to modify coagulation systems for measuring whole blood viscoelastic properties to allow for greater use in hospitals for the supportive management of patients with COVID-19.   The enforcement policy , which was issued in January 2021, is temporary and will remain in effort only for the duration of the COVID-19 public health emergency.   “As hypercoagulability has been observed in patients with CO...
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    Soft skills training during a pandemic: Why it’s important, and how to do it

    In this article, the author discusses the importance of soft skills training during the COVID-19 pandemic in the context of their role in defining one’s employability and advancing both personal and team success in achieving goals. These training sessions will give employees an opportunity to connect virtually with their colleagues, improve morale, and provide skills that will increase productivity and create a more positive working environment. The article provides tools ...
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    European Commission appoints members to MDR/IVDR expert panels

    The European Commission this week released the names of members appointed to its 12 expert panels on medical devices and in vitro diagnostics (IVDs).   The expert panels, established under the Medical Devices Regulation (MDR) and In Vitro Diagnostic Regulation (IVDR), will provide scientific, technical and clinical input to the Commission, its Medical Device Coordination Group (MDCG), member states, notified bodies and manufacturers. In particular, notified bodies ...
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    EC clears path for remote audits by notified bodies

    Remote audits will be an option during the pandemic for some European medical device and in vitro diagnostic manufacturers, following an announcement from the European Commission (EC).   The temporary step takes into account the “exceptional and unforeseen circumstances caused by the COVID-19 crisis,” according a notice issued by the EC on Monday. Both industry and notified bodies had felt hamstrung by the complete stall in inspections caused by the coronavirus pande...
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    HHS pushes through last-minute policies impacting FDA

    With just days remaining before the transition to a new administration, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is pushing through policies that could impact the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) regulatory oversight.   Last week, HHS announced it had finalized a rule that would cause its regulations to expire if they are not reviewed every 10 years, with some exceptions provided for medical device-specific regulations, food standards and over-the-cou...
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    Safer technologies program finalized by FDA

    A newly finalized guidance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) smooths the path for manufacturers of devices and device-led combination products that stand to improve the safety of existing treatment and diagnostic options for certain diseases and conditions.   The Safer Technologies Program for Medical Devices (STeP) is intended for devices and combination products that target conditions that are less serious than those covered by FDA’s Breakthrough Devices...
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    FDA extends timeline for device submissions on hold during pandemic

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday revised its guidance on meetings and user fee applications for medical devices during the COVID-19 pandemic to give device sponsors more time to submit responses to the agency for applications or submissions that are on hold.   The guidance, initially released in June, was also updated to note that it can hold advisory committee meetings virtually, something the agency was still reviewing the feasibility of at the ti...