Device makers may see privacy legislation in California and other U.S. states as a source of regulatory balkanization, but that very same problem is cropping up in the international arena. In addition to the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), privacy requirements are popping up in Brazil and elsewhere, and Eric Bowlin, a partner at Deloitte Risk & Financial Advisory, told attendees on a virtual symposium that the best approach might be to base a compliance program on general principles.
DUBLIN – The EMA has activated a COVID-19 task force to coordinate and accelerate the European regulatory response to the pandemic. The task force is intended to take a lead role in shaping the development, authorization and post-approval surveillance of drugs and vaccines for treating or preventing COVID-19 infection.
PERTH, Australia – Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) is seeking input from industry stakeholders on a proposal to increase its fees to cover projected deficits this year. The proposal outlines three options.
The FDA's revised draft guidance for clinical decision support (CDS) systems was intended to fix several glaring holes in the first draft, but multiple stakeholders argued that the second draft contradicts the related provisions of the 21st Century Cures Act when it comes to CDS systems that purport to drive or guide clinical decision making.
BOGOTA, Colombia – Last month, Anvisa, Brazil's health surveillance agency, approved a proposal that makes it mandatory for the agency to monitor the prices of medical implants, a category that, in Brazil, includes orthoses, prostheses and special materials. Is this the beginning of a price capping era for medical devices in the Latin American giant?
BEIJING – China has finally written all its drug-related reforms into law, as it passed the amendment of its drug administration law in late August, the amendment to take effect on Dec. 1. Those moves carry one goal: to bring more and better drugs into the Chinese market as quickly as possible.
SAO PAULO, Brazil – Pharmacovigilance is emerging as a key concern for the development and distribution of biosimilars in Latin America. Experts gathered this week for the BIO Latin America conference focused on the issue and highlighted what they see as a key concern, one that is holding back the spread of that new class of drugs throughout the region.
SEOUL – South Korea's investors have become very interested in the global cell and gene therapy market. Licensing and M&A deals in the field have been active – a good sign for Korean biopharma firms eager to tap in.
In an era when data are more valuable than gold, China has rolled out new regulations to strengthen control of its human genetics data. Any foreign biotech companies or institutes intending to use Chinese data must engage a Chinese partner in the research project, amongst other new requirements.