Category Archives: Medical Devices

New CDRH Guidance in October

by Barbara Unger, GMP Quality Expert, and GMP Regulatory Intelligence Editor-in-Chief

The FDA has been on a bit of a tear in publishing guidance for devices and generic drugs.  Here we address the CDRH guidance issued between September 29th and October 25th 2017 and provide summaries of their content.  Seven guidance listed below are final, and one is published for comment.  Many are associated with requirements in the Medical Device User Fee legislation, MDUFA.  Expect more of these moving forward into the MDUFA IV era.

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US-EU Mutual Recognition Agreement of 2017

A Long Time in the Works

by Barbara Unger, GMP Quality Expert, and GMP Regulatory Intelligence Editor-in-Chief

Implementation of the Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA) for drug GMP inspections between the US FDA and the European Union (EU) inspectorates has been in the development since 1998 and was formalized this year. This agreement was driven by the reality of the changes in sites of drug manufacturing over the last decades. No longer is drug manufacturing primarily a ‘domestic’ function, either in the US or European countries.  The current supply chains are global with significant proportions of manufacturing performed across the globe, most significantly in India and China.  Both the FDA and EMA inspectorates have limited personnel and budgets and have been working to leverage their expertise and minimize where the two inspectorates visit facilities that their partner recently inspected, thus increasing their efficiency.  This allows each inspectorate to take a more risk-based approach to inspections and concentrate on those facilities that are in developing regions and provide a large percentage of either APIs or finished products that are prescribed and sold in the US and EU.

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The FDA Re-Org Has Begun. What Does it Mean for You?

by Barbara Unger, GMP Quality Expert, and GMP Regulatory Intelligence Editor-in-Chief

BACKGROUND:

The FDA began a plan to align the Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA) into a ‘program based structure’ in 2013.  This reorganization is now being implemented. The ORA is the lead for all FDA field activities including inspections of regulated products and their manufacturers, and review of imported products.  Effective May 15, 2017, we enter the transition phase as the FDA moves to reorganize the ORA structure and function to align with the agency’s centers. The FDA provides information on each of the areas, including a ‘fact sheet’ and a ‘boundary map’ for these offices.

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FDA Import Alerts equates to Warning Letters?

Does an FDA Import Alert automatically equate to an impending FDA Warning Letter?

by Barbara Unger, FDAzilla GMP Quality Expert

INDIA | IMPORT ALERT 66-40 and Association with Warning Letters Regarding These Sites | Detention Without Physical Examination of Drugs from Firms Which Have Not Met Drug GMPs 

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