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    EMA Fees See 1.7% Increase

    From Monday, all general fees payable to the European Medicines Agency (EMA) will be subject to a 1.7% increase compared to those received by 31 March, as part of alignment with the EU’s 2018 inflation rate. The 1.7% increase applies to applicants’ and marketing authorization holders’ general fees payable to EMA. It brings the previous basic fee of €286,900 ($321,774) up to €291,800 ($327,269) on a new application for which the presentation of a full dossier is needed, ...
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    FDA Proposes Radiological Health Deregulatory Action

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Friday proposed to amend and repeal parts of the current radiological health regulations regarding certain recommendations, including radiation protection during medical procedures and performance standards for diagnostic x-ray systems. The action sought via the new proposed rule also covers recommendations under the radiological health regulations on diagnostic x-ray systems’ major components, laser products, ultrasonic ther...
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    FDA Classifies IVDs for Bacillus Detection

    In vitro diagnostic (IVD) devices for the detection of the Bacillus species were assigned to class II on Friday, following the release of a US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) final rule. The IVDs are prescription devices and indicated to aid in the diagnosis of diseases caused by the Bacillus species, including anthrax. They are intended for the detection and differentiation of the bacteria, such as Bacillus anthracis , and had been unclassified devices prior ...
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    FDA Drafts Guidance on Inspections of Medical Device Establishments

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued draft guidance on Thursday to implement uniform processes and standards for FDA inspections of domestic and foreign medical device establishments. FDA has updated processes and standards for uniformity within and across inspections other than for-cause and to establish a standard timeframe for such inspections of device establishments. The uniformity in FDA investigators’ approaches to these inspections “may inform firms’...
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    Continuous Learning: FDA Looks to Wider Adoption

    The work at the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) on advanced continuous learning for regulatory processes is informing agency-wide efforts. FDA principal deputy commissioner Amy Abernethy touched on how CDRH projects and other initiatives leverage the continuous learning approach during a Wednesday keynote discussion at AcademyHealth’s Health Datapalooza 2019 in Washington, D.C. In an interview with Focus , Ab...
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    EU MedTech Industry Signals Need for Harmonized Approach to Cybersecurity

    EU’s medical technology trade association on Wednesday issued new recommendations to ensure a harmonized approach on medical devices and digital health technology cybersecurity. The European Coordination Committee of the Radiological, Electromedical and Healthcare IT Industry (COCIR) developed a set of seven recommendations to EU authorities to help guide a harmonization strategy for cybersecurity in line with security requirements set via new or forthcoming legislative...
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    FDA Panel Recommends New Postmarket Requirements for Breast Implants

    As part of efforts to make breast implants safer, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) should consider additional postmarket data reporting requirements on breast implant manufacturers, the agency’s General and Plastic Surgery Devices Panel suggested after a two-day meeting. On whether to remove textured breast implants from the US market as other countries have done, the panel argued data is lacking to support such a recommendation as it would reduce options for p...
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    CDRH Proposes New IMDRF Work Item on Standards

    Medical device industry delegates and global regulatory authorities are looking to further support their collaboration with standards development organizations (SDOs) through a newly proposed liaison program. Scott Colburn, director of the standards program at the US Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH), pitched an International Medical Device Regulators Forum (IMDRF) new work item (NWI) during a workshop hosted by the IMDRF s...
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    ICH Advances Revised Guideline on Elemental Impurities

    The internationally harmonized guideline for a risk-based approach on assessing and controlling elemental impurities in drug products entered the final implementation phase. ICH Q3D(R1) Guideline for Elemental Impurities, developed via the International Council for Harmonisation (ICH), reached the fourth out of five steps in ICH’s process of regulatory harmonization last week, moving toward implementation of the revised guideline. The guideline was first recommended for...
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    FDA Draft Guidance on Patient Experience Data Incomplete, Critics Argue

    Industry group BIO, the National Association for Rare Disorders (NORD) and the National Center for Health Research (NCHR) called for clarification on how regulators will use draft guidances proposed by external stakeholders on patient experience data. The comments on the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) draft guidance from December 2018 on developing and submitting proposed draft guidances related to patient experience data showed some consensus around including ...
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    AdvaMed Responds to Senator’s Call to Advance Cybersecurity

    Responding to a letter from Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) that called for a collaborative effort to advance cybersecurity in health care, medical device industry group AdvaMed sought to ease concerns about the impact of cyber attacks with updates on industry and regulators’ moves in line with its five principles. The industry trade association’s board of directors adopted the set of five medical device cybersecurity principles in 2017 to drive best practices across its member...
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    FDA, DHS Alert to Cybersecurity Flaws Affecting Medtronic Cardiac Devices, Programmers, Monitors

    Hundreds of thousands of units of Medtronic implantable cardiac devices, programmers and home monitors are vulnerable to cybersecurity incidents, according to two US federal government notices. On Thursday, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an FDA safety communication, while the US Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team (ICS-CERT) issued an advisory to flag cybersecurity vulnerabilities detected in...