FDA Inspection Compliance Program for Combination Products
Combination products are products that are subject to different sets of regulations. Such products may, for example, consist of a drug and a medical device, or a biological component may be added. Because of the different product components, special monitoring procedures are required.
EMA publishes updated Question and Answer Document on Combination Products
With the EU regulations 2017/745 and 2017/746 on medical devices (MDR) and in vitro diagnostics (IVDR) coming into force on May 21, 2021, new requirements have been/will be imposed on combination products with regard to their medical device component. There is an updated question and answer document (Q&A) from the European Medicines Agency on current issues.
EUDAMED - Current Status of the Database for Medical Devices
The European Commission published Questions & Answers on 26 May 2021, the day of application of Regulation 2017/745 for medical devices. The Questions & Answers are related to the requirements and tools for the safety of medical devices, including EUDAMED.
EU-Switzerland: MRA for Medical Devices no longer valid
Due to the new EU Regulation on Medical Devices (2017/745) and failed negotiations between Switzerland and the EU, the corresponding Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA) will become obsolete. This has far-reaching consequences.
The US FDA recently issued a draft guidance to help manufacturers implement ICH Q12 by explaining how to submit ECs. In addition, the agency provides general guidance about the elements that are considered ECs for the device constituent part of combination products.
Questions and Answers Document on Audit Alternatives of Notified Bodies
In a previous News you could read about audit alternatives of Notified Bodies in Covid-19 times. The guideline was based on a document of the Medical Device Coordination Group (MDCG). This guideline has now been supplemented by a question and answer document.
Audit Alternatives of Notified Bodies in Covid-19 Times
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, on-site audits by Notified Bodies are partly only possible to a limited extent or not at all. What are the alternatives? A guideline of the Medical Device Coordination Group (MDCG) provides information on this.
FDA Publishes Catalog of Tools for the Development of New Medical Devices
Medical devices are essential medical tools and that is why health authorities are also interested in their development. For this purpose, the FDA has presented a catalog of tools for the development of medical devices.
Reprocessing of Medical Devices - Implementing Regulation for Single-Use Devices
The reprocessing of single-use devices in the medical device sector is left to the EU Member States. However, only the national law of the respective member states must allow this. Now, an implementing regulation is available which describes common specifications for reprocessing single-use devices.
Medical Device Warning Letter Statistics for the first Half of the Fiscal Year 2020
The ECA regularly provides you with analyses of the deficiencies in FDA Warning Letters regarding medical devices. In the comparable period of the years 2017, 2018 and 2019 (1 October - 30 September), we mentioned the noticeably low number of Warning Letters. This trend is also evident for the first half of the fiscal year 2020 (1 October 2019 - 31 March 2020). Learn more about the top 3.