• RF Quarterly

    Evolution of the Japanese regulatory system and agencies

    The Japanese regulatory system has been recognized as one of the most sophisticated and stringent regulatory systems in the world. The regulatory policies are developed and administered by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW), the Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Agency (PMDA) executes the policies, and certain authorities are delegated to local governments. Over the last 6 decades, the Japanese regulator has faced many challenges but has kept enhancing the...
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    MDCG urges manufacturers to use MDR transition period wisely

    The European Commission’s Medical Device Coordination Group (MDCG) on Monday said that manufacturers should start preparing now to ensure “timely compliance” with the Medical Device Regulations (MDR) by the time the regulation is fully applicable on 27 May 2024. Devices not certified by this date will no longer have access to the EU market, except in rare circumstances discussed in the notice.   MDCG reiterated that “to ensure that devices can continue to be placed o...
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    Euro Roundup: MHRA contemplates a new regulatory framework for personalized medicines

    MHRA seeks feedback on making personalized medicines at the point of care   The UK Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) seeking input on whether the production of personalized medicines at the point of care (POC) is sufficiently different from standard manufacturing to require the creation of a new framework.   In contrast to traditional medicine manufacturing, where fewer facilities, working at scale, manufacture products for global distrib...
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    Notified bodies report success — and some drawbacks — using remote audits

    Remote audits conducted by notified bodies have been successful in ensuring that medical device manufacturers are complying with the EU’s Medical Device Regulation and In Vitro Diagnostics Regulation, according to a recently conducted survey  of 46 notified bodies, with remote audits uncovering roughly the same number of deficiencies as onsite audits.   The survey was conducted by the European Association of Medical Device Notified Bodies (TEAM NB), located in Liège...
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    EU IVDR countdown: Opportunities await, but concerns linger over notified bodies

    It is essential for manufacturers of in vitro diagnostics (IVDs) to understand the full scope of changes under the May 2022 In Vitro Diagnostic Regulation (IVDR) to ensure compliance with the new regulations and seamless placement and maintenance of safe, effective products on the EU market and streamline access to the larger global market. One note of caution, however, is that EU-certified IVDR notified bodies (NBs) are overwhelmed with product review applications and tim...
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    EU MDR countdown: Readiness of medtech companies in Europe

    Around 75 days before the EU Medical Device Regulation’s May 2021 deadline, a survey was launched to evaluate EU-based medtech companies’ readiness for the impending changes. The findings showed that many manufacturers, particularly those with lower-risk devices, still feel unprepared for the new demands a year after the postponement. Notified bodies no longer seem to pose a major challenge, yet the regulation remains time- and cost-consuming, especially with regard to cli...
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    MDCG clarifies remote audit expectations for notified bodies

    The European Commission’s Medical Device Coordination Group (MDCG) released a new questions and answers document clarifying expectations for notified bodies looking to conduct remote audits of medical device manufacturers during the COVID-19 pandemic.   The document is meant to answer “operational and practical implementation” questions raised in response to the committee’s MDCG 2020-4 guidance released in the early months of the pandemic. (RELATED: Notified body aud...
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    Euro Convergence: Suboptimal use of MDR grace period is storing up trouble

    Companies are failing to make optimal use of the Medical Device Regulation (MDR) grace period for compliance, adding to the problems created by capacity constraints and tight deadlines, according to experts who spoke at the Euro Convergence 2020 virtual meeting.   In November last year, the European Commission issued a corrigendum to the MDR, allowing manufacturers of certain class I products an additional four years, to 26 May 2024, to comply with the regulation. Unde...
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    September’s Regulatory Focus: Countdown to EU MDR and IVDR

    Feature articles during September focused on aspects of the EU Medical Device Regulation (MDR) and In Vitro Diagnostic Regulation (IVDR), with articles on compliance and manufacturer obligations, and perspectives examining the current status of the regulations. The issue also included the second part of the cell and gene therapy series, and an article on regulatory tools for generic drug companies.   MDR and IVDR, close up Full implementation of MDR is slated for ne...
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    Implementing the MDR: Slowing down on the homestretch?

    With the most recent delay to 26 May 2021 as the date of application for the European Union Medical Device Regulation (MDR) 1 still fresh in our minds, 2 many wonder if it is a matter of time before we hear about the next extension. It’s a valid question, as many manufacturers still have a long way to go until they are fully compliant with the new rules and expectations. However, it does not do justice to the differences between the circumstances at the start of the firs...
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    IVDR, notified bodies, and technical documentation: The devil is in the detail

    This article discusses notified body expectations for the technical file and provides some practical tips for preparing submissions.   Introduction The “devil is in the detail” is a phrase I’m using a lot these days, and it is a feature of the In Vitro Diagnostic Device Regulation (EU IVDR) 2017/746 1 that is tripping up IVD manufacturers as they make their first submissions.   The IVDR states in Annex II that:   The technical documentation and, if applicable...
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    MDCG explains how notified bodies can use MDSAP audit reports

    In a new guidance document, the European Commission’s Medical Device Coordination Group (MDCG) details how notified bodies can reference Medical Device Single Audit Program (MDSAP) audit reports when planning surveillance audits under the Medical Devices Regulation (MDR) or In Vitro Diagnostics Regulation (IVDR).   While MDSAP audit reports cannot be used to obviate the need for annual surveillance audits required under MDR/IVDR, MDCG says the reports can be used t...