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    The changing role of regulatory operations


    The regulatory profession has always attracted diverse individuals with a wide range of professional experiences. Top talent has migrated from preclinical labs, clinical operations, quality, and a range of functions to pursue a career in regulatory operations. The role of the regulatory operations professional has and continues to evolve as the requirements for the position have changed drastically. These professionals have witnessed a substantial change in the responsibilities associated with their role. These changes are directly related to those in global submission requirements and associated standards, emerging technologies, and shift ing resourcing models, among other factors.

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    How data remediation and stewardship is becoming a standard responsibility for regulatory operations professionals


     Data quality is becoming increasingly critical to the success of medicinal product applications and has the potential to increase the speed and efficiency of medicines supply to patients. There is an industry move towards a data-driven regulatory enterprise, highlighted particularly through the arrival of initiatives such as identification of medicinal products (IDMP), real world evidence (RWE), digital application dataset integration (DADI), electronic product information (ePI), marketing status (IRIS), US FDA knowledge-aided assessment and structured application (KASA) and eCTD 4.0, among others.

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    Translating digitalisation trends into tangible solutions


    Pharmaceutical companies are seeking to take advantage of digital innovations to become data-driven organisations, but rstly, they must overcome various data challenges to move from concept to execution. Timm Pauli, Head of R&D Informatics at PharmaLex, and Dr. Torsten Osthus, Advisory Consultant to PharmaLex and Managing Director of Osthus Group, (whose service division, Osthus Services, recently merged with PharmaLex), explore the path to successful R&D digitalisation.

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    Data governance as a strategic imperative for regulatory compliance


    Data governance is a multi-faceted arrangement that relies on data quality, data integrity, data and document management, security and safe storage. It is critically important to companies and regulators as they evaluate product quality, the manufacturing process and the reliability of study data from non-clinical and clinical research. The integrity ...

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    Procedure withdrawals within Europe: past trends, impact and communication recommendations


    When an application for a new veterinary medicinal product (VMP) is submitted through a MR/DCP, the Applicant has the option to prematurely withdraw their application in the reference member state (RMS) or in one or several of the concerned member states (CMS). This would result in a total or partial withdrawal of the procedure. The Co-ordination Group for Mutual Recognition and Decentralised Procedures – Veterinary (CMDv) sent a questionnaire to all national competent authorities…

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    Regulatory Framework for Platform Technologies


    Several novel manufacturing technologies and platforms, for example, messenger ribonucleic acid (mRNA) platform, synthetic DNA (doggybone (dbDNA)) platform, have recently emerged to produce vaccines and advanced therapy medicinal products (ATMPs) for human use. However, the regulatory framework for such platform technologies is not fully developed. There is significant interest in utilising platform approaches for drug development and for the commercial production of human medicines. Thus, some form of regulatory guidance and pathway, similar to the EU platform technology master le (PTMF) system that is used in the regulatory approval of veterinary vaccines, would benefit the human vaccines industry.

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    Gene therapy products: regulatory expectations and challenges for industry


    As the technology behind gene therapy products continues to evolve, applicants face the challenge of adapting their programmes to increasingly demanding and detailed regulation. This article provides an overview of current regulatory expectations and the challenges they may present to industry.

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    Practical insights into the recent EU MDR framework


    This article focuses on the impact of the new guidance document on drug-device combination (DDC) products, in Article 117 of the European Medical Device Regulation (MDR) for pharmaceutical marketing authorisation holders (MAHs). It explores the new role of the notified body (NB) versus the MAH pertaining to the device part of the DDC, some of the pitfalls encountered by pharmaceutical MAHs and potential solutions to efficiently navigate the new framework. It also provides practical insights into key technical requirements for the product-specific quality aspects of a medical device, which are within the quality dossier of a successful EU application. The article also explores efficient global implementation within fast evolving and at times divergent, regional regulations.

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    The EU restriction proposal for intentionally-added microplastics: A focus on solid dosage form medicinal products and food supplements


    Among the European initiatives to address the growing concern of plastics in the environment, the European chemicals agency (ECHA) has prepared a restriction proposal for intentionally-added microplastics amid concerns about plastics in the environment. An introduction to the proposal and its impact on consumer products.

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    Terrestrial ecotoxicological studies for veterinary pharmaceuticals in livestock dung in the field: Phase II Tier A and beyond


    The environmental risk from veterinary pharmaceuticals (VPs), which are usually called veterinary medical products (VMPs) must be assessed according to European legislation: in particular, parasiticides that are used for pastured animals (eg, sheep, cattle etc). This is especially true regarding the non-target effects of faecal residues on dung-dwelling organisms. Focusing ...

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    Regulating medicines in a surge of change


    RegRap speaks to Steve Hoare, Quality Regulatory Science and Safety Policy Director at the ABPI

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    The impact of the Northern Ireland Protocol on human medicines


    Since the UK’s exit from the EU, the pharmaceutical industry has sought guidance on how this would impact the registration and supply of medicines, both in the UK and the EU. In addition, the publication of the Northern Ireland Protocol has added additional complexities, with a major impact on the ...

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    Brexit − Regulatory and supply chain considerations


    The UK formally left the EU on 31 January 2020 and the transition period, as set out in the withdrawal agreement, came to an end on 31 December 2020. During this transition period, the UK continued to remain under EU pharmaceutical law. From 1 January 2021, the UK adopted an ...

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    Pharmacovigilance regulations post-Brexit


    The UK (Great Britain and Northern Ireland) has left the EU and the Brexit transition period has passed. This article covers points to consider when ensuring that pharmacovigilance systems for human medicinal products are compliant with EU and UK requirements. The UK requirements largely mirror the existing EU pharmacovigilance (PV) ...

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    Time is running out for the rare pediatric disease designation and priority review voucher programs


    Since 2012, the rare paediatric disease priority review voucher (RPD PRV) program in the US, provides incentives to promote research in leftover orphan paediatric disease...

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    New regulatory tools for drug developers: sharing experience


    Advances of knowledge in therapeutic areas have led an ease in the development of and access to complex medicinal products. This article discusses the regulatory tools in drug development and regulatory science for drug developers.

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    Conditional oncology drug approvals: A sponsor’s perspective on the evolving landscape of FDA accelerated approvals


    The FDA’s accelerated approval (AA) pathway is an important regulatory mechanism that allows patients with serious or life-threatening conditions, potentially earlier access to treatments than under a standard, regular approval development pathway...