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    Making the transition from regulatory manager to regulatory consultant

    This article is about making the transition from company-based regulatory management to regulatory consultancy. It describes the differences between the two roles and provides hands-on, detailed guidance on best practices and how to prepare and tool up for consulting. The author presents a case study demonstrating step by step how a consultant drew on those practices and tools to assist an overseas client in successfully marketing an existing medical device in the US.   ...
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    US-focused regulatory toolbox: The basics

    This article examines regulatory tools found mostly on the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) website for use by regulatory affairs professionals interested in drug products and medical devices marketed in the United States.   FDA guidance documents 1 Guidance documents represent the agency’s current thinking or interpretation of a particular policy or topic. They are an especially useful tool for RA professionals dealing with issues such as drug development ...
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    EU regulatory tools for RA professionals

    This article provides information on the key sources of information needed for understanding and keeping up-to-date with the European regulation of healthcare products, including medical devices and in vitro medical devices (IVDs), pharmaceuticals/medicinal products, and substances of human origin (blood, tissues, cells, and organs).   Introduction Regulatory professionals who need to understand the European regulation of healthcare products will find that the main s...
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    Starting out: A beginner’s toolkit of US regulatory resources

    This article offers a selection of 28 publicly available resources for newcomers to the regulatory profession. The author recommends many US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) websites, including information and guideline resources from a number of the agency’s centers and their respective websites and searchable databases.   Introduction The FDA website is the go-to platform for US-related regulatory information ( Table 1 [1]). This multipurpose learning and resea...
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    Getting to the point: Achieving clear communication with health authorities

    This article discusses the critical need for clear, precise, and consistent communication on the part of regulatory professionals in interactions and submissions with health authorities. It presents various approaches and offers examples for the regulatory professional to draw on to improve the clarity of such communications.   Introduction As a regulatory professional, one is constantly reaching for and achieving new goals. Whether it is initiation of a first-in-hum...
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    A regulatory anomaly: The NDA for water

    This is the story of a Code of Federal Regulations monograph for eyewash and a second regulation, which required a new drug application (NDA) for any drug sterilized by gamma irradiation. Both of these regulations did not take into consideration that water is a drug. Therefore, eyewash sterilized by gamma irradiation required an NDA. It took almost 14 years to eliminate the requirement of an NDA for eyewash sterilized by gamma. During this period, the company filed and rec...
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    September’s Regulatory Focus: Countdown to EU MDR and IVDR

    Feature articles during September focused on aspects of the EU Medical Device Regulation (MDR) and In Vitro Diagnostic Regulation (IVDR), with articles on compliance and manufacturer obligations, and perspectives examining the current status of the regulations. The issue also included the second part of the cell and gene therapy series, and an article on regulatory tools for generic drug companies.   MDR and IVDR, close up Full implementation of MDR is slated for ne...
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    Implementing the MDR: Slowing down on the homestretch?

    With the most recent delay to 26 May 2021 as the date of application for the European Medical Device Regulation (MDR) 1 still fresh in our minds, 2 many wonder if it is a matter of time before we hear about the next extension. It’s a valid question, as many manufacturers still have a long way to go until they are fully compliant with the new rules and expectations. However, it does not do justice to the differences between the circumstances at the start of the first wave...
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    IVDR, notified bodies, and technical documentation: The devil is in the detail

    This article discusses notified body expectations for the technical file and provides some practical tips for preparing submissions.   Introduction The “devil is in the detail” is a phrase I’m using a lot these days, and it is a feature of the In Vitro Diagnostic Device Regulation (EU IVDR) 2017/746 1 that is tripping up IVD manufacturers as they make their first submissions.   The IVDR states in Annex II that:   The technical documentation and, if applicable...
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    Regulation of cell and gene therapy products in China

    This article provides an overview of the Chinese regulations and guidance documents for cell and gene therapy products (CGTPs).   Introduction As early as 1993, Chinese regulators provided guidance on clinical research for somatic cell and gene therapy. More regulations, laws, and guidances have since been published, either specific to, or including, CGTPs. The two most recent publications have been draft guidelines for clinical studies for immune cell therapy produc...
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    MDR, IVDR, and compliance: A guide for distributors

    Distributors must prepare for new incoming requirements under EU medical device and in vitro diagnostic device regulations. The importance of establishing an effective quality management system, drafting comprehensive contractual agreements and, if required, engaging notified bodies, has created much uncertainty for distributors. To fulfil these new requirements and maintain device supply chains, it is essential for distributors to act early, ensure sufficient in-house com...
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    Gene therapies – The regulatory road to individualized medicine

    This article discusses the evolving US regulatory landscape for gene therapies. The author explores the recent history and developmental paradigm shifts for gene therapy products and concludes with advice for abbreviated development and thoughts on policies that will create a sustainable gene therapy ecosystem. The author examines the paradigm shift of clinical trial and lifecycle management for gene therapies and considers the changes to the US regulatory framework that ...