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Impact of Brexit on marketing authorisation holders – new EMA and CMDh guidance

The European Commission and European Medicines Agency (EMA) have published a Q&A document (the EMA Q&A) concerning the legal consequences for marketing authorisation holders (MAHs) of centrally authorised medicines if the UK becomes a ‘third country’ after Brexit. The EMA Q&A provides further detail following the European Commission and EMA notice of 2 May 2017. … Continue reading

FDA / EMA parallel scientific advice principles published

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and European Medicines Agency (EMA) recently released an updated “General Principles” statement regarding the agencies’ parallel scientific advice (PSA) program for human medical products. The PSA program provides scientific advice and protocol assistance in parallel to sponsors. “Sponsor” refers to: in the US, the sponsor of an Investigational … Continue reading

European Union’s new medical device regulations come into force

Today, 25 May 2017, two new Regulations come into force in the European Union: the Medical Device Regulation (MDR) which replaces two EU Directives on general medical devices and active implantable medical devices; and the In Vitro Diagnostic Medical Devices Regulation (IVD MDR) which replaces the EU Directive on IVD medical devices. Now begins a … Continue reading

NICE to fast-track more medicine approvals but wider changes do not impress industry

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) produces guidance in a number of forms including technology appraisals. Technology appraisals are recommendations on the use of medicines and treatments within NHS England. The recommendations are based on a review of clinical and economic evidence. NHS England is legally obliged to fund medicines recommended by … Continue reading

European and US regulators’ agreement on mutual recognition of inspections of medicines manufacturers

In the European Union (EU), inspections of medicines manufacturing sites are carried out by national competent authorities from EU Member States. Each year, EU competent authorities and the US Food and Drug Administration inspect many manufacturing sites in the EU, US and elsewhere in the world, to ensure compliance with Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP). EU … Continue reading

The UK Government’s Brexit White Paper and its impact on the life sciences sector

On February 2, 2017, the Government published a White Paper on its plan for exiting and achieving a new partnership with the EU. The White Paper expands upon Prime Minister Theresa May’s speech on January 17, 2017. We have previously written about the speech and earlier developments (The UK government’s Brexit plan and its implications for Life Sciences). See … Continue reading

Biologics: what’s in a name? Health Canada and EMA take a different approach from FDA

Last week the US Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) provided guidance on the Nonproprietary Naming of Biological Products. Each biologic, whether originator, related product or subsequent entry (biosimilar) will now be given a non-proprietary name comprised of a core name and a meaningless four-letter suffix. This is an important divergence from the practice in Canada … Continue reading

The UK Government’s Brexit plan and its implications for life sciences

On January 17, 2017, Prime Minister Theresa May delivered her much anticipated speech on the UK Government’s plan for exiting the EU. Continued membership of the EU’s single market and full membership of the customs union have both been explicitly ruled out. The plan for achieving a new partnership between the UK and the EU … Continue reading

Sunshine around the world

In the United States, the healthcare industry is familiar with the Sunshine Act’s tracking and reporting requirements related to payments and transfers of value to physicians, as well as to physician ownership and investment interests. And around the world, new rules and policies are seeking to increase transparency. For example, the Norton Rose Fulbright’s UK briefing, … Continue reading
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