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    Euro Roundup: EU launches survey for COVID-19 drug developers

    The EU is holding a survey to understand the needs of companies developing new and repurposed treatments for COVID-19. The follows the European Commission’s recent strategy to support the approval of up to five new COVID-19 drugs by the end of the year.   (RELATED: EC strategy aims for 3-5 new COVID therapeutics by year end , Regulatory Focus 6 May 2021)   In the survey, the EU asks for information about the COVID-19 therapies companies are developing, includi...
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    Asia-Pacific Roundup: Rise in requests drives TGA to prioritize GMP clearances

    Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) is prioritizing the assessment of good manufacturing practice (GMP) clearances over administrative changes because of an increase in the number of submissions it needs to process.   While TGA is seeing an increase in administrative change requests – manufacturer name changes, address revisions and the like – it has concurrently seen a greater rise in the volume of applications. To respond, the agency has deprioritized ...
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    Euro Roundup: HRPA posts 5-year plan as it emerges from ‘twin challenges’ of Brexit and COVID

    Ireland’s Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA) has published its strategic plan for 2021 to 2025. HPRA set out five goals intended to help it emerge from the “twin challenges of Brexit and COVID-19” and deliver better outcomes for people and animals.   The five goals are titled health system partnerships, progressive regulation, communication and engagement, enabling innovation and great people, great processes. By engaging in activities that further those goals...
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    Asia-Pacific Roundup: India lowers bar for approval of COVID-19 vaccines already authorized overseas

    India’s Central Drugs Standard Control Organization (CDSCO) has relaxed the requirements for the restricted-use emergency authorization of COVID-19 vaccines that are already on the market in some overseas territories.   The change exempts developers of certain COVID-19 vaccines from the need to run post-approval bridging clinical trials and for every batch to undergo testing at the Central Drugs Laboratory at a site in Kasauli. CDSCO is granting the exemption to vaccin...
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    Euro Roundup: Switzerland moves to mitigate split from EU on device regulation

    Switzerland has adopted supplemental provisions to its new Medical Devices Ordinance (MedDO) to soften the impact of its split from the European Union. The action comes as the failure to update a mutual recognition agreement (MRA) erects barriers to trade between Switzerland and the EU.   Swiss medical device manufacturers have enjoyed barrier-free access to the EU single market since 2001. However, the EU refused to consider updating the MRA in light of the new EU ...
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    Asia-Pacific Roundup: Singapore seeks feedback on planned unique device identification system

    Singapore’s Health Sciences Authority (HSA) is seeking feedback on the regulatory requirements for the planned implementation of a unique device identification (UDI) system. HSA wants to establish a harmonized identification system to enable the traceability of medical devices.   Today, HSA lacks the means to track the distribution and use of medical devices across the supply chain and healthcare system. HSA wants to gain that power to support the timely identification...
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    Euro Roundup: MHRA seeks feedback on patient engagement strategy

    The UK Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) is seeking feedback on how it engages with patients and involves them in its activities. MHRA is initiating the review in the wake of criticism of how it responded to patient concerns about the safety of products such as surgical mesh.   In the consultation document, MHRA describes five strategic, patient-focused objectives and shares details on how it intends to achieve the goals. The first goal is to “...
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    Asia-Pacific Roundup: TGA guidance details management of GMP compliance signals

    Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has published guidance on the management of good manufacturing practice (GMP) compliance signals for domestic and overseas manufacturers of medicines and biologicals.   Compliance signals include “intelligence, data and information” that TGA receives that indicate a manufacturer has departed from GMPs. The signals come from “various internal and external intelligence sources, as well as our inspections and routine comp...
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    Euro Roundup: Northern Ireland warns of Brexit border strain for pharmaceuticals

    The Minister for Health in Northern Ireland has warned “additional bureaucracy and management” created by Brexit is putting a strain on a team that advises on medicines and pharmaceutical issues.   Robin Swann, the politician in charge of health in Northern Ireland, framed the problem as a result of the solution Brexit negotiators came up with to avoid the creation of a hard border on the island of Ireland. The solution, the Northern Ireland Protocol, leaves the jurisd...
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    Asia-Pacific Roundup: Vietnam seeks mRNA tech transfer for local COVID vaccine production

    The Vietnamese health ministry has met with the World Health Organization (WHO) to discuss the transfer of the technology needed to manufacture mRNA vaccines in the country.   Vietnam received a shipment of 811,200 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford via the COVAX Facility at the start of last month. Around 900,000 people have now received a vaccine, but the supply of doses remains a constraint on the pace of the rollou...
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    Euro Roundup: EMA streamlines processes to handle COVID-19 volume

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) is temporarily revising its processes to cope with a rising volume of work related to the COVID-19 pandemic. EMA made the changes to ensure it can handle a “very active pipeline” that is expected to yield up to five COVID-19 therapies this year.   Faced with that workload, EMA is temporarily freeing co-rapporteurs from the need to provide their own assessment reports on initial marketing authorization applications for non-COVID-19 ...
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    Euro Convergence: Market access pathways for AI now visible

    The pathways companies will use to bring artificial intelligence or machine learning (AI/ML) medical devices and diagnostics to market in the future are now becoming clear, Loganathan Kumarasamy, head of US compliance services at Zifo Technologies, said at RAPS Euro Convergence 2021.   Devices and diagnostics that make use of AI and ML need regulation specific to the field, Kumarasamy said, pointing out that software in medical devices has long been used safely under e...