RAPS is closely monitoring developments in the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. See our public safety page for the latest updates.

  • Regulatory NewsRegulatory News

    FDA clarifies informed consent provisions in COVID-19 clinical guidance

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) last week updated its guidance on conducting clinical trials amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic to clarify how sponsors can obtain informed consent from patients in isolation or who can receive electronic copies of informed consent documents but due to time constraints cannot print or electronically sign the documents.   The guidance , which has been updated frequently as more questions arise from sponsors during...
  • Regulatory NewsRegulatory News

    EC details device assessment capacity amid COVID-19

    European notified bodies reported on their ability to conduct conformity assessment quickly for COVID-19-related medical devices and in vitro diagnostic medical devices, in response to a survey conducted by the European Commission (EC).   The survey sought to quantify lead times for conformity assessment for the various routes by which COVID-19-related medical devices may be placed on the market in the European Union (EU) and for which notified bodies need to be involv...
  • Regulatory NewsRegulatory News

    EMA, HMA consult on next 5-year network strategy

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) and Heads of Medicines Agencies (HMA) on Monday released their next five-year network strategy aimed at steering the regulators through a “time of rapid charge” for a two-month public consultation .   The 46-page European medicines agencies network strategy to 2025 sets out six priorities for the regulatory network in the post-coronavirus era and follows the agencies’ previous network strategy to 2020. (RELATED: EU regulators ...
  • Regulatory NewsRegulatory News

    FDA asks stakeholders to join PDUFA talks by 17 August

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Monday called on non-industry stakeholders, including advocacy groups, healthcare professionals and other experts, to declare their interest in participating in consultation meetings for the next Prescription Drug User Fee Act program by 17 August 2020.   The monthly periodic consultation meetings take place alongside FDA’s negotiations with regulated industry and are expected to begin the following month.   The call...
  • Regulatory NewsRegulatory News

    Radiologists to FDA: Autonomous AI not ready for prime time

    Artificial intelligence is not ready for autonomy in radiology, according to two radiological professional associations who asked the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to wait for more rigorous testing and surveillance of the modality before authorizing its autonomous implementation in medical imaging.   In follow-up to a February 2020 workshop focused on artificial intelligence (AI) in medical imaging, the chairs of the American College of Radiology (ACR) and th...
  • Regulatory NewsRegulatory News

    Report calls for limits on compounded bioidentical hormone therapy

    Evidence does not support the clinical utility of compounded bioidentical hormone therapies and their use should be limited to patients who cannot use products approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), according to a consensus study report from the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM).   FDA requested the NASEM review due to increasing popularity of compounded bioidentical hormone therapies (cBHT) combined with concerns over he...
  • Regulatory NewsRegulatory News

    FDA: Digital safety data submission to supplant PDFs

    After a successful pilot program, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is fine-tuning a transition to all-digital submission of safety data from clinical trials of investigational drugs.   The goal is to modernize the submission of regulatory data by shifting from use of multiple PDF documents into a digital submission format with structured data elements “that will allow us both to improve the data quality and also allow us to use new analytic tools,” to make oth...
  • Regulatory NewsRegulatory News

    EU agencies clarify pharmacovigilance expectations amid COVID-19

    In an update to their joint questions and answers document on regulatory expectations for medicinal products amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, the European Medicines Agency (EMA), European Commission and Heads of Medicines Agencies (HMA) expand on their expectations for pharmacovigilance.   The updated document features three new questions related to pharmacovigilance, covering topics from corrective and preventive actions management to pharmacovigila...
  • Regulatory NewsRegulatory News

    FDA issues COVID-19 vaccine guidance, setting 50% effectiveness threshold

    In an immediately effective guidance issued Tuesday, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) sets its expectations for the development and licensure of vaccines to prevent coronavirus disease (COVID-19), including considerations for manufacturing, nonclinical and clinical studies and post-licensure requirements.   For a vaccine that would be widely deployed against COVID-19, FDA says it expects sponsors to demonstrate that the vaccine is at least 50% effective in a p...
  • Regulatory NewsRegulatory News

    Guidance: FDA holds off on enforcing certain UDI requirements

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a final guidance for unique device identification compliance dates for Class I and unclassified medical devices. The immediately effective guidance also clarifies agency policy regarding compliance dates for certain devices requiring direct marking.   In the guidance, FDA clarifies that it does not currently intend to enforce standard date formatting, unique device identification (UDI) labeling, or Global Unique Devi...
  • Regulatory NewsRegulatory News

    WHO ACT-Accelerator prioritizes global vaccine approach

    The importance of a global approach to vaccine development and production, with a focus on collaboration, was a topic of a technical update and press briefing held 26 June by the World Health Organization (WHO).   The usual practices for drug development have been upended by the speed and scale of the COVID-19 pandemic, said officials. “I’m very hopeful and optimistic that this will be an unprecedented collaboration that also sets a model for the future,” said WHO Chie...
  • Regulatory NewsRegulatory News

    Pediatric anti-infective development addressed by FDA

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued new draft guidance for sponsors who are developing anti-infective drug products for the pediatric population.   The draft guidance notes that pediatric drug development in general comes with some challenges, including the fact that differences not only in body size but also organ maturation and body fluid composition and distribution can affect drug pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics in children. Also, some infect...