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    Regulatory Focus, August issue: Global clinical trials, clinical trial applications

    Feature articles during August focused on global clinical trials and clinical trial applications, with articles on regulatory options for conducting clinical trials in China, a case study on the impact of COVID-19 on submissions to European authorities, and an examination of Canada’s application process and alternate pathway for COVID-19‒related trials. Also included was an article on US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) updates on requirement for EUAs for diagnostics sup...
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    Initiating clinical trials in China: What foreign MedTech companies need to do

    This article discusses recent changes to clinical trial regulation in China. The author suggests that Chinese clinical trials for medical devices and in vitro diagnostic device (IVD) products are an increasingly viable option for non-Chinese companies of all sizes.   Introduction: China’s regulatory framework Most life sciences products sold in China, including medical devices and IVDs, are supervised by the National Medical Products Administration (NMPA), formerly k...
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    Canada extends non-COVID clinical trial review times

    Health Canada will have an additional 15 days to review clinical trial applications for drugs that are unrelated to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic through 16 November, after Canada’s Minister of Health Patricia Hajdu ordered the extension last week.   Normally, Health Canada has 30 days to review clinical trial applications and amendments for drugs submitted under Division 5 of the country’s Food and Drug Regulations . If the agency does not object to a...
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    Draft AML guidance takes targeted therapies into account

    The US Food and Drug Administration(FDA)  has issued a new draft guidance for developers of drugs and biologics to treat acute myeloid leukemia (AML).   The new draft guidance takes into account a shift in the treatment landscape for AML as new targeted treatments are being developed for this and other cancers. "In some cases, these newer approaches may extend survival without the prospect for cure, but extending survival may be a meaningful benefit for patients who wo...
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    European Commission reviews impact of orphan, pediatric regulations

    The European Commission on Tuesday published the results of a yearslong evaluation of the EU’s orphan and pediatric medicines regulations it says will be used to guide future legislative changes and shape the EU pharmaceutical strategy.   The more than 100-page evaluation reviews the positive impacts and shortcomings of the orphan regulation, Regulation (EC) No 141/2000 , and the pediatric regulation, Regulation (EC) No 1901/2006 , based on external studies and var...
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    FDA updates bioresearch monitoring e-submission guide

    A technical specifications document regarding bioresearch monitoring technical conformance has been updated by the US Food and Drug Administration.   The guide provides detailed information for electronic submission of clinical trial data (e-CTD) by sponsors in advance of submissions for new drug applications, biologics license applications, and supplemental submissions. The technical specifications document delineates details of the electronic submissions framework la...
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    Interacting with competent authorities during COVID-19 – A European perspective

    This article covers direct interaction with various European authorities in regard to initial and amendment submissions and notifications related to urgent safety measures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The authors contacted selected European authorities to solicit data on submission events during 1 March and 30 June 2020. They found that the first 6-12 weeks of the pandemic presented challenges to numerous stakeholders but, after adjustments, the number of trials s...
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    Managing uncertainty: Regulatory reporting in multinational trials during COVID-19

    This article discusses regulatory reporting challenges for multinational clinical trials during the COVID-19 pandemic. The author covers the pandemic’s impact on clinical research, national guidelines, and harmonization, as well as the challenge of assessing what is reportable and how to submit COVID-19 risk mitigation measures. She offers real-world experience on how she and her colleagues stopped and restarted recruitment in ongoing multinational clinical trials, and how...
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    EU agencies urge sponsors to ensure post-Brexit compliance with clinical trial rules

    In a notice issued on Thursday, the European Commission, European Medicines Agency and Heads of Medicines Agencies reminded clinical trial sponsors that they must comply with EU clinical trial rules following the Brexit transition period that expires on 31 December 2020.   With the deadline to extend the transition period now passed, “There is no possibility for further extension beyond that date,” the agencies write, pointing trial sponsors to the Commission’s Brexit ...
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    Electronic platforms for submission of clinical trial information

    This article provides guidance for use of the European electronic platforms for retrieving and submitting information about clinical trials and compares them with other similar regional electronic databases, such as the US Food and Drug Administration’s MyStudies mobile app and Switzerland’s national platform, swissethics. The authors present an overview of some of the main international portals, available and under development, and provide an analysis of their specific as...
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    EU Regulatory Roundup: EMA shares advice on validated computer systems used in clinical trials

    Welcome to our European Regulatory Roundup, our weekly overview of the top EU regulatory news.   EMA shares advice on validated computerized systems used in clinical trials   The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has published a notice about validating and qualifying all types of computerized systems used in clinical trials. EMA released the notice in response to “recent inspection findings” and their implications for the “integrity, reliability, robustness and accep...
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    Regulatory Explainer: Everything You Need to Know About FDA’s Priority Review Vouchers

    Since 2007, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a handful of special "priority review" vouchers (PRVs) which allow its recipient to expedite the review of any one of its new drug products. What are these vouchers, why is FDA issuing them and what benefit might they have for society? Find out in our latest Regulatory Explainer on the Priority Review Voucher system. Last updated on 25 February 2020 to include: Vifor Pharma said on 17 February that it p...