• RF Quarterly

    RF Quarterly, March 2021: Global clinical trials

    Welcome to the inaugural issue of RF Quarterly featuring original, thematically developed content by regulatory experts addressing key areas and emerging issues in the global regulatory landscape. RF Quarterly is a member-exclusive addition to the regular monthly  Regulatory Focus  feature articles and replaces the former quarterly article series. The theme for this issue is Global Clinical Trials.   Clinical trials are an essential component of pharmaceutical re...
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    Initiating clinical trials in China: What foreign medtech companies need to do

    This article discusses numerous recent changes in the regulation of clinical trials in China and proposes that Chinese clinical trials for medical device and in vitro diagnostic device (IVD) products are an increasingly viable option for non-Chinese companies of all sizes. [Updated]*   China’s regulatory framework Most life sciences products, including medical devices and IVDs, sold in China are supervised by the National Medical Products Administration (NMPA).  The ...
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    Vaccine makers call for alternative study designs for COVID vaccines

    Regulators need to facilitate new ways of clinically validating COVID-19 vaccines now that effective shots are being given around the world, Thomas Triomphe, executive vice president of Sanofi Pasteur, testified at a joint meeting of the European Parliament’s Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) and the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI).   With over a dozen vaccines authorized or approved around the world, a significant n...
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    February's Regulatory Focus: Global and regional harmonization and alignment

    Feature articles during February included a range of topics focused on harmonization and alignment across global and regional regulatory entities, including electronic submissions through the European Medicines Agency (EMA), tools for updating the EU In Vitro Diagnostic Regulation (EU IVDR) template, China’s new PAC regulation, Project Orbis and improving patients access to new therapies, as well as a report on medtech companies’ preparation for EU Medical Device Regulatio...
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    EMA releases guidance for COVID variant vaccine development

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has published a reflection paper laying out what data are needed to support approval of vaccines that protect against variants of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.   “[I]t is an urgent public health priority to define an expedited regulatory process for the adaptation of vaccines to protect against current or future variants,” wrote the agency in announcing the new guidance. The document comes less than 2 weeks after a vari...
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    China’s new PAC regulation: Closer alignment with global best practices

    This article is a summarized translation of the most recent regulation published by China’s National Medical Products Administration (NMPA) on postapproval changes (PACs). The author provides an overview of the regulation and its annexes for PACs and discusses their impact on manufacturing site change management, change classification determination and consultation, and reporting categories.   Introduction On 13 January 2020, the NMPA published an announcement on t...
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    GAO: COVID-19 vaccine production falls short of January 2021 goal

    The Operation Warp Speed (OWS) goal to produce 300 million COVID-19 vaccine doses by January 2021 was not met, according to a status report released by the US Government Accountability Office (GAO).   Companies with current emergency use authorizations (EUAs) for vaccines are contracted under the program to release a combined 200 million doses of their vaccines by the end of March 2021 but had released just 63.7 million doses (31.8%) as of 31 January 2021, the report n...
  • EMA plans guidance on adapting vaccines for COVID variants

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) on Wednesday said it will soon issue guidance explaining its expectations for adapting existing COVID-19 vaccines to protect against new and future variants of the virus.   The announcement comes just a week after the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said it is working on its own guidance to address these and other new variants of the virus. (Woodcock: FDA plans guidance to address new COVID-19 variants , Regulatory Focus 5...
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    WHO updates COVID vaccine and clinical care guidelines

    The World Health Organization (WHO) has released recommendations that include the use of low-dose anticoagulants for hospitalized patients with COVID-19 to reduce the risk of venous thromboembolism. That recommendation accompanies four other updates to the agency’s “living guidance” document for clinical management of patients with COVID-19.   For inpatients, the specific anticoagulation regimen recommended is thromboprophylaxis-level dosing rather than intermediate or...
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    COVID-19 IVD test kits: Expedited response by Asian regulatory authorities

    After COVID-19 quickly spread from China to nearby Asian countries in early 2020, regulatory authorities in those neighboring countries adapted rapidly to introduce regulatory pathways for approval of in vitro diagnostic (IVD) test kits to facilitate widespread testing and halt spread of the disease. An additional challenge was that authorities had to work around strict quarantine restrictions, and applications and consultations had to be conducted online instead of in per...
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    Australia’s TGA authorizes Pfizer COVID vaccine

    The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) on Monday granted provisional approval to Pfizer and BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine Comirnaty for individuals aged 16 and older, making it the first COVID-19 vaccine authorized for use in Australia.   The approval follows a provisional determination by the agency in October allowing for the submission of the application under the provisional pathway. TGA has also granted provisional determinations for vaccines developed by Astra...
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    EU authorizes Pfizer-BioNTech COVID vaccine

    The European Commission on Monday conditionally authorized Pfizer and BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine after receiving a recommendation by the European Medicines Agency’s (EMA) Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use earlier in the day.   The fast-tracked decision shortened what is usually a two-month procedure to a matter of hours, spotlighting the dire need for a vaccine as much of Europe faces lockdowns and restrictions amid a winter resurgence of the virus. The c...