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    Strategies for managing regulatory risk with third-party distributors

    In today’s global healthcare distribution market, an increasing number of medical device and in vitro diagnostic medical device (IVD) companies are aspiring to market globally. One of the main challenges these manufacturers face is how to register and distribute their products internationally. While direct distribution channels may be feasible for larger multinational corporations, third-party distribution brings its own advantages, and is becoming the norm in today’s land...
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    Emergency use authorizations for IVDs: Building on lessons learned

    Emergency use authorization (EUA) is a tool used by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for providing quick access to unapproved medical products in response to a public health emergency. In vitro diagnostics (IVDs) have been critical EUA products in past emergencies and have proven equally important during the COVID-19 pandemic. For regulatory professionals, the valuable lessons learned from EUA policy and ensuing changes over time have provided a crucial foundation...
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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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    Euro Convergence: Experts share advice, concerns and expectations for IVDR

    In a panel at RAPS’ Euro Convergence, top experts on the EU In Vitro Diagnostic Regulation (IVDR) discussed the state of the industry just 18 months before the regulation’s May 2022 date of application.   Opening the session, Gert Bos, executive director and partner at Qserve Group, laid out the stakes for IVD developers: “Yes, IVRD is different from [the Medical Device Regulation ] MDR, the pressure is much higher because there is such a big gap between the current...
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    Fourth notified body designated under IVDR

    Germany’s TÜV SÜD Product Service GmbH Zertifizierstellen on Wednesday became the fourth notified body designated under the In Vitro Diagnostic Regulation (IVDR).   TÜV SÜD, Germany’s second notified body under the IVDR, joins Germany’s DEKRA Certification GmbH and BSI’s UK and Netherlands arms, BSI Assurance UK Ltd and BSI Group The Netherlands B.V.   The newly designated notified body will be a welcome addition for industry, as the number of notified bodies des...
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    FDA yanks EUA for serology test

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday revoked the emergency use authorization (EUA) granted to Chembio Diagnostic Systems Inc. for its DPP COVID-19 IgM/IgG System based on several sets of data indicating that the test generates false results at a higher rate than expected. This is the first revocation of an EUA for a SARS-CoV-2 serology test during the COVID-19 public health emergency. The system in question is an antibody test for the novel coronavirus; ...
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    FDA Leadership Calls for LDT Reforms

    While championing advances made in diagnostic technology in recent years, top officials from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are calling for a new regulatory framework for in vitro clinical tests (IVCTs) and laboratory developed tests (LDTs). The call comes as lawmakers from both parties on Thursday released a new 200-page discussion draft of a bill that would establish such a framework, incorporating many of the reforms FDA has recommended, including a pr...
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    New Draft Guidance Looks to Update FDA's Replacement Reagent Policy for IVDs

    In a new draft guidance released earlier this week, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) looks to update a 2003 policy that allows in vitro diagnostic makers to avoid having to submit a new 510(k) for certain changes to their tests. Under the policy laid out in the 2003 guidance , IVD makers can add either a cleared reagent to a previously cleared instrument or a new instrument "family member" to a previously instrument family without requiring a new 510(k). FDA...
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    FDA Offers Two Draft Guidances on Drug-Drug Interactions

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Wednesday released two draft guidance documents that aim to help drug developers evaluate investigational new drugs for potential drug-drug interactions (DDIs). FDA says the guidances, which will replace 2012 draft guidance entitled “Drug Interaction Studies – Study Design, Data Analysis, Implications for Dosing, and Labeling Recommendations,” reflect the agency’s efforts to help drug developers design DDI studies that p...
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    Diagnostics: Bipartisan Duo Offers Bill to Alter Regulations

    The ongoing overhaul of diagnostic and lab-developed test (LDT) regulations turned another corner last week, with Reps. Larry Bucshon, M.D. (R-IN) and Diana DeGette (D-CO) releasing a discussion draft of a bill that would offer a new direction for the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). The 215-page discussion draft, known as the Diagnostic Accuracy and Innovation Act (DAIA), draws some similarities to another dr...
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    MDR and IVDR: the Potential for a 28-Agency, 22-Language Regulatory Process for Medical Devices in the EU

    The following article represents the views and interpretations of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of RAPS: This article provides detail in the MDR and IVDR which seems to have escaped observation. Yet, the detail could have far-reaching implications. What follows is in both the MDR and IVDR, and so in the pursuit of clarity, all references are restricted to the MDR. Introduction Both the MDR: the EU Medical Device Regulation, 2012/0266 (COD) and ...
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    FDA Delays Finalization of Lab-Developed Test Draft Guidance

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Friday said it will wait for the new administration and halt the finalization of guidance that would have changed the way lab-developed tests (LDTs) are regulated. Tara Goodin, press officer for FDA told Focus : "FDA believes that patients and health care providers need accurate, reliable, and clinically valid tests to make good health care decisions—inaccurate or false test results can harm individual patients. We have been...