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    September’s Regulatory Focus: Diversity in regulatory affairs, clinical trials, and more

    Feature articles during September focused on diversity in regulatory affairs, challenges in conducting medical device clinical trials in Europe, clinical trial regulation and laws in China, and risk management in working with third-party distributors.   Equity in action, diversity, and resilience In Fall 2020, representatives from Pfizer Global Regulatory Affairs (GRA) and the Howard University College of Pharmacy (HUCOP) initiated discussions about creating a care...
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    Strengthening the regulatory profession through resilience and diversity

    This article explores the importance of resilience and diversity specific to the regulatory profession in preventing burnout and enhancing overall regulatory capability within an organization. The author addresses existing tools for  functional capability-building and supplemental considerations when intentionally building resilience into regulatory functions.   Introduction Regulatory affairs, or in many cases, a combined functional department named “regulatory an...
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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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    Challenges and opportunities in medical device clinical trials in Europe

    In mid-2021, a survey was launched to evaluate where European medical device manufacturers and pharmaceutical companies see the greatest challenges in clinical trials and which trends they envision in this area in coming years. The top challenges included lack of personnel, time investments, complexity of the study protocol, the identification of suitable subjects, and data analysis and publication. Although most participants had not yet conducted decentralized trials, mor...
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    China’s data localization‒centric policies and their impact on human research

    This article reviews Chinese laws governing healthcare data and genomic resources during 1998-2021 and their impact on clinical research in humans by pharmaceutical companies. Companies conducting such research must be vigilant about complying with the complex legal requirements governing the research and identifying potential risks and mitigation strategies for compliance. The analysis includes review of various legal requirements issued by the People’s Republic of China ...
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    Fostering diversity and talent: A Pfizer case study

    The Pfizer Global Regulatory Affairs (GRA) – Howard University College of Pharmacy (HUCOP) Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE) program fulfills a requirement of the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) curriculum and helps students explore biopharmaceutical industry career options and prepare for their career after graduation, such as pursuing postgraduate training and seeking employment. The HUCOP Preceptorship Program at Pfizer was designed to broadly increase awareness ...
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    August’s Regulatory Focus: Alternative regulatory pathways

    Feature articles during August focused on alternative global regulatory pathways and their use in providing faster, easier access to new treatments for unmet medical needs. Articles examined emergency use authorizations for in vitro diagnostics (IVDs) in the US, as well as regulatory pathways for laboratory developed tests (LDTs), innovative medicinal products in Switzerland, software as a medical device (SaMD) in the US and Europe, and cell and gene therapy products in Ja...
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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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    Regulatory pathways for innovative medicinal products for Switzerland

    Switzerland is not part of the EU or the European Economic Area (EEA), therefore, a national marketing authorization application (MAA) for Switzerland must be filed and approved before a medicinal product can be placed on the Swiss market. Besides the standard MAA procedure, there are expedited, simplified, and work-sharing procedures that can be selected, depending on the product characteristics. This article provides an overview of relevant Swiss marketing authorization ...
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    The changing regulatory landscape for laboratory developed tests

    The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of reliable and accurate diagnostic tests. Laboratory developed tests (LDTs) do not typically require premarket review. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has repeatedly proposed more rigorous regulatory frameworks for LDTs but has been unsuccessful owing to concerns about the impact on test availability and innovation. In this article, the authors describe the existing regulations and consider both sides of the d...
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    ‘Immune’ claims and COVID-19

    Correction and Editor’s note: The article, ‘Immune’ claims and COVID-19 (published 30 June 2021) incorrectly stated that Vi-Jon Inc. had received a warning letter from the FDA, when in fact it had not received such a letter. The article was corrected on 15 July 2021, but the correction was not appropriately noted on our website. The article was further updated on 27 August 2021 to remove an extraneous reference. Regulatory Focus regrets these errors and apologizes. ...
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    Regulation of cell and gene therapy products in Japan

    In recent years, new cell and gene therapies have been developed and approved in a number of countries, including Japan. The Japanese government fully supports academia and the pharmaceutical industry in the research and development of these innovative therapies, and in 2019, revised the Act on Securing Quality, Efficacy, and Safety of Products Including Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices to enact the conditional early approval system for accelerating the development and ...