The FDA’s Accreditation Scheme for Conformity Assessment (ASCA) program promises to smooth out the path from development to market access for device makers, but there are a few potential biocompatibility hiccups. Among these is that any customized preparation of a sample for biocompatibility testing would render that product ineligible for the ASCA pilot, but a product containing nanomaterials is also not eligible because of concerns over biocompatibility.
HONG KONG – Singapore authorities have given provisional approval for a locally developed breath test for COVID-19. The test is developed by Breathonix Pte Ltd., a spin-off company from the National University of Singapore through its Graduate Research Innovation Program. The company said its Brefence Go COVID-19 breath test system was the first test of its kind to secure provisional authorization in Singapore.
Regulatory snapshots, including global submissions and approvals, clinical trial approvals and other regulatory decisions and designations: Abbott, Alpha Tau Medical, Angiodynamics, Elute, Eyeyon Medical, Glaukos, Mimedx, Roche.
Imagine an orthopedic implant that not only accelerates bone healing but also captures data to support real-time clinical decisionmaking. That’s the vision of Intelligent Implants Ltd., whose Smartfuse system recently won FDA breakthrough device designation. The first indication is for lumbar spinal fusions.
LONDON – The U.K. health technology assessment agency, NICE, has called for a halt to the use of transvaginal laser therapy in the treatment of urinary stress incontinence and vaginal atrophy, saying there is not enough evidence of long-term safety, or proof that the procedures are effective.
The European Commission unveiled its third alternative to providing global access to COVID-19 vaccines and treatments just ahead of the June 8 meeting of the World Trade Organization’s Council for Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights and the start of the G7 summit.
Ortho Regenerative Technologies Inc. received a clinical hold letter from the FDA in connection with its investigational new drug (IND) application to begin a phase I/II trial for Ortho-R. The FDA asked for additional information on chemistry, manufacturing and control for the drug/biologic combination that the company is evaluating as an adjunct to rotator cuff repair surgery.
PERTH, Australia – Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) will begin accepting applications from domestic companies to become conformity assessment bodies (AU CAB) beginning July 1. The aim is to allow approved Australian corporations to issue conformity assessment certification for medical devices under Australian law to align with the country’s essential principles.
Early feasibility studies for cardiology devices were a massive problem for the FDA and industry in times gone by, a problem that was believed to drive device flight from the U.S. That problem has been largely solved, according to the FDA’s Andrew Farb, but Farb noted that neurological devices are the next target for improved early feasibility study (EFS) development in the U.S., which suggests that the path to pivotal studies for devices in this space will soon be much less cumbersome.