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    Using risk management to support outsourcing activities

    This article outlines organizational risks and benefits with respect to third-party vendors and partnerships in regulatory affairs functions. It also discusses the different controls available to apply an effective risk management program in an organization.   Introduction   The use of contracted or third-party services can be an effective way for organizations to resource projects or programs. This way of working has been a growing trend in business operations, e...
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    Electronic platforms for submission of clinical trial information

    This article provides guidance for use of the European electronic platforms for retrieving and submitting information about clinical trials and compares them with other similar regional electronic databases, such as the US Food and Drug Administration’s MyStudies mobile app and Switzerland’s national platform, swissethics. The authors present an overview of some of the main international portals, available and under development, and provide an analysis of their specific as...
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    Outsourcing in regulatory operations

    This case study explains Project BRIDGE and its vision to centralize process and services, such as dossier planning, compilation and publishing, submission, tracking and archiving to efficiently ensure compliance, increase transparency and maintain or improve quality of submissions to global health authorities. Introduction The author began employment at Boehringer Ingelheim, a large global pharmaceutical company with headquarters in Germany in October 2014. At that ti...
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    EU device regulations, COVID-19 response and global regulatory strategy

    Feature articles during April focused predominantly on the new European Medical Devices Regulation ( EU MDR ), In Vitro Diagnostic Medical Devices Regulation ( EU IVDR ) and the COVID-19 pandemic, with a number of regulatory experts examining the impact of pandemic-related delays on the progression of the European regulations. Also included were articles on the European Database on Medical Devices (Eudamed), the Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA) between Switzerland an...
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    New claims under EU MDR and EU IVDR

    This article discusses medical device promotional and advertising product claims under Article 7 of the European Union’s new Medical Devices Regulation ( EU MDR) and In Vitro Diagnostic Medical Devices Regulation (EU IVDR) and examines how and when product claims are misleading or false as defined under the regulations. Introduction    Article 7 of the EU MD R 1 and EU IVDR 2 provide new claims regulations for medical devices. All of the requirements relate ...
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    Preparing for EU MDR translation

    This article discusses what medical device manufacturers need to know about product information language translation as required by European Medical Devices Regulation ( EU MDR ). The author addresses how companies can better meet the regulation’s language component requirements and offers suggestions ranging from being aware of who the information reading audience is and hiring professional translators.   Introduction   The complex regulatory requirements for EU ...
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    Communication During a Pandemic

    This article offers best practices for company communication during a pandemic, such as the current COVID-19 global emergency. The author emphasizes the need to make company communications responsible and thoughtful, not only in these challenging times, but always. Discussed are best practices for communication through many mediums, such as telephone calls, email and social media and doing so in such a way that the message is not misinterpreted, misleading, sent to the wro...
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    Optimizing remote internal quality audits

    This article provides tips and techniques for effective, risk-based remote internal quality auditing methods in a good manufacturing process (GMP) quality management system. The author covers the circumstance in which a “virtual” audit may be necessary or desirable as opposed to an on-site audit and discusses potential challenges when auditing off-site and how to overcome them. She emphasizes good communication skills, discusses the characteristics of various internal audi...
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    EU IVDR changes regulatory landscape

    This article discusses new requirements for technical documentation, periodic safety reports, notified body changes, postmarket surveillance and vigilance, labeling and product traceability under the European Union’s new In Vitro Diagnostic Regulations (EU IVDR).   Introduction   Many regulatory changes are scheduled to come into effect in May 2022 as part of the new EU IVDR (2017/746.) 1 However, it likely that EU IVDR will come into effect a year later t...
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    EU MDR impacts MRA Switzerland–EU

    This article discusses the potential impact of not renewing the bilateral Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA) between Switzerland and the European Union (EU) regarding medical devices prior to the proposed new EU MDR implementation date of May 2021. The author explores a range of negative impacts affecting the medical device industry in Europe and patients if the MRA is not renegotiated before that deadline. He reviews the historical long-standing relationship between Swi...
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    EU MDR’s proposed delay and ISO 10993-18 compliance

    This article discusses the latest update to ISO 10993-18 released in January 2020. The author identifies changes implemented by this update and explains how they intensify the identification standard for medical devices and create new challenges for those companies working to certify devices under the European Medical Devices Regulation ( EU MDR). 1 The author suggests that while regulatory professionals must understand this standard to ensure their submissions are ful...
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    COVID-19 impacts EU MDR’s proposed delay

    This article discusses implications for the proposed May 2021 deadline for EU MDR caused by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. While saying the proposed one-year extension may give manufacturers additional time to prepare, the author reviews what must be done for compliance, despite the new EU MDR deadline. In reviewing those compliance steps, she explains why many medical devices will likely be dropped from the market as manufacturers are forced to make a choice to ...