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    FDA officials tout progress and achievements in advanced manufacturing

    The US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’S) efforts to encourage the industry’s adoption of advanced manufacturing is bearing fruit, according to a new update from the agency, noting robust interest from industry in participating in the agency’s Emerging Technologies Program (ETP).   In addition, “significant funding” from Congress has helped fund more research in advanced manufacturing, wrote Michael Kopcha, director of the Office of Pharmaceutical Quality in the FD...
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    FDA nixes GUDID submission requirements for class I consumer healthcare devices

    Manufacturers of class I medical devices considered to be consumer healthcare products will get a reprieve from complying with the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Global Unique Device Identification Database (GUDID) submission requirements under a draft guidance issued on Wednesday.   Under the agency's unique device identification (UDI) compliance policy guidance issued in June 2020, class I devices, other than implantable, life-supporting, and life-sustaini...
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    ICMRA: Industry's commitment to quality can facilitate regulatory flexibility

    Frequent communication with industry and relying on assessments by other regulators have enabled the rapid scale-up of COVID-19 vaccines and therapeutics, asserted regulators and industry representatives attending a July workshop sponsored by the International Coalition of Medicines Regulatory Authorities (ICMRA).   The workshop explored how different regulatory tools are being deployed to increase manufacturing capacity for vaccines during the COVID-19 pandemic. The...
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    New USP chapter details lifecycle approach to analytical testing

    The United States Pharmacopoeia (USP) has released a new chapter 1220 ahead of publication in the USP-NF that sets a lifecycle approach to analytical method development with the goal of easing the process for instituting post-approval changes for analytical methods. The chapter will become official on 1 May 2022.   The USP chapter complements efforts underway at International Council for Harmonisation to develop a Q14 guideline to make it easier for manufacturers t...
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    ICH guideline proposes daily limits for seven mutagenic impurities

    The International Council for Harmonization (ICH) on Wednesday issued its M7(R2) guideline setting new permitted daily exposure (PDE) limits for seven DNA-reactive substances to limit their carcinogenic risk. The guideline is now available for public comment.   The guideline contains 21 mutagenic impurities, adding seven substances to the 14 previously published in the ICH M7(R1) guideline, which reached Step 4 in June 2017. (RELATED:   FDA Finalizes Guidance on Mut...
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    ICH announces sign-off on good clinical practices guideline

    The International Council for Harmonization (ICH) recently announced that the E8(R1) guideline on general considerations for clinical studies had reached Step 4 and is awaiting sign-off by regulators. The widely anticipated guideline modernizes the design, conduct and reporting of clinical trials by adopting quality by design principles. The guideline incorporates “current concepts achieving fit-for-purpose data quality.”   ICH announced that “the modernisation of IC...
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    New MDCG guidance shows how devices fit into MDR’s classification rules

    The European Commission’s Medical Devices Coordinating Group (MDCG) on Monday issued a guidance to help manufacturers classify their devices under the Medical Device Regulations (MDR) before they are placed on the EU market.   Under the MDR , which went into effect on 26 May 2021, devices are divided into four classes: I, IIa, IIb and III. Devices are ranked according to risk from class I for the lowest-risk devices to class III for the highest.  Annex VIII of the...
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    FDA draft guidance outlines criteria for conducting benefit/risk assessments

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a draft guidance on Wednesday that aims to shed light on how it assesses the benefits and risks of new drugs in deciding whether to approve them. The guidance also describes how companies can present benefit and risk information in their applications to increase chances of approval.   The guidance also addresses how sponsors can collect patient experience data to inform their benefit/risk assessments. It was developed ...
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    EMA announces new efforts to minimize animal testing

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has announced it will be providing “special support” to help drug developers use alternative approaches to animal testing through its Innovation Task Force (ITF). Such approaches include tests based on human and animal cells, organoids, organ-on-chips and insilico modeling, all of which have promise to be more predictive scientific tools.   The task force, established by EMA in 2014, is a horizontal cross-sectorial group that b...
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    FDA addresses microbial contamination in non-sterile drugs

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Wednesday issued a draft guidance to help manufacturers control microbiological contamination of their non-sterile drugs (NSDs). The guidance stems from FDA’s concerns over a high number of adverse events and recalls associated with contaminated products.   The agency reports receiving 197 adverse event reports from microbiological or fungal contamination of non-sterile products between 2014 and 2017. Of these, 32 were deeme...
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    Pharmaceutical industry signals support for FDA’s BsUFA III commitment letter

    Two major pharmaceutical industry groups have endorsed the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) recent commitment letter under its Biosimilar User Fee Amendments (BsUFA III) program which will run from FY 2023 to 2027, calling it an “an important milestone.”   After months of negotiation with industry, FDA released the commitment letter for the third iteration of BsUFA III in mid-September (RELATED: BsUFA III commitment letter details FDA, industry goals for bio...
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    FDA issues draft guidance on electronic 510(k) submissions

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday issued a draft guidance to assist sponsors in using an electronic template for submitting a premarket notification 510(k).   In the draft guidance , FDA said it will accept the electronic Submission Template and Resource (eSTAR) template for applications to the Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) and the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER).    The guidance implements section 745(A)(...