Transitioning to the new Therapeutic Goods Advertising Code | 05 April 2022
The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) is updating advertisers on the transitional arrangements for the 2021 Advertising Code, particularly regarding hard copy ad stock.
On January 1, 2022, the Therapeutic Goods (Therapeutic Goods Advertising Code) Instrument 2021 (2021 Code) went into effect. The Therapeutic Goods Advertising Code (No. 2) 2018 is repealed and replaced by the 2021 Code (2018 Code). Advertisers can comply with either the 2021 Code or the 2018 Code during the transition period, which runs through June 30, 2022.
In comparison to the 2018 Code, the mandatory statement requirements in the 2021 Code have been streamlined and decreased in number. However, the TGA recognises that advertisers may have hard copy advertisements on hand that meet the 2018 Code’s statutory statement requirements but are not strictly compliant with the 2021 Code. While marketers use up their existing hard copy inventory, the TGA will take a pragmatic approach and refrain from taking enforcement action when advertisers follow the 2018 Code’s mandatory statement requirements rather than the 2021 Code’s. The TGA expects marketers to move to the 2021 Code requirements by the end of the transition period on 30 June 2022 for advertising that can be easily altered.
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA (USA)
Counterfeit At-Home OTC COVID-19 Diagnostic Tests | 29 April 2022
Counterfeit COVID-19 tests are tests that have not been authorised, cleared, or approved by the FDA for distribution or use in the United States but are designed to appear like authorised tests so that consumers believe they are actual FDA-approved tests. The FDA is worried about the possibility of erroneous findings when consumers use these illegal tests since the performance of these bogus tests has not been thoroughly proven. The FDA has a list of authorized at-home OTC COVID-19 diagnostic tests.
Resilient Supply Chain Program for Medical Devices| 20 April 2022
The Resilient Supply Chain Program (RSCP) for medical devices aims to strengthen public health supply chains by proactively monitoring, assessing, and communicating risks and vulnerabilities to minimise medical device shortages.
The RSCP was created to improve the FDA’s ability to prevent and mitigate supply chain disruptions and promote resiliency in the US medical device supply chain to ensure that patients have access to safe and effective medical devices by:
- Developing strategies, analyses, and informational products to prevent and, when appropriate, mitigate medical device supply chain disruptions and shortages
- Identifying supply chain hazards and disseminating actionable information to medical device manufacturers, distributors, healthcare delivery organisations, patients, healthcare employees, and government partners. Developing communication channels across the medical device ecosystem to enhance collaborations for the development of prevention and risk reduction strategies
- Enhancing collaborations for the development of prevention and risk reduction strategies by developing communication channels across the medical device ecosystem
- Working with government partners and medical device stakeholders to evaluate supply chain disruption and shortage signals, assess potential consequences, and provide public health data to assist an informed response.
Genetic Non-Invasive Prenatal Screening Tests May Have False Results: FDA Safety Communication | 19 April 2022
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the United States is alerting consumers and healthcare providers about the dangers of misleading results from genetic non-invasive prenatal screening (NIPS) tests, also known as non-invasive prenatal testing or tests (NIPT). NIPS tests can reveal whether a foetus has specific genetic abnormalities that could lead to a child being born with a severe health problem.
The FDA is providing this information to educate patients and health care providers and assist limit the improper use of NIPS testing due to the increased usage of these tests and concerns raised in recent media stories. Before electing to receive NIPS tests, the FDA suggests that patients talk to a genetic counsellor or other health care provider about the benefits and dangers. Before making any decisions concerning their pregnancy, patients should review the results of NIPS tests with a genetic counsellor or other health care practitioner. These screening tests have dangers and limits, and the results should not be used to identify chromosomal (congenital) abnormalities or illnesses on their own.
Breakthrough Devices Program | 15 April 2022
The Breakthrough Devices Program is a voluntary programme that recognises specific medical devices and device-led combination solutions that improve the treatment or diagnosis of life-threatening or irreversibly debilitating diseases or conditions.
The FDA’s Breakthrough Devices Program allows manufacturers to interact with FDA experts through various programme options, allowing them to address issues that arise during the premarket review phase quickly. This programme can help manufacturers receive feedback from the FDA and identify areas of agreement. Manufacturers might also expect their submission to be reviewed first.
Cybersecurity in Medical Devices: Quality System Considerations and Content of Premarket Submissions | 07 April 2022
FDA Released draft guidance that applies to devices that incorporate software (including firmware) or programmable circuitry, as well as software as a medical device (SaMD). The guidance is not restricted to network-enabled devices or have other linked features. The guidance offers suggestions for cybersecurity information to be supplied for devices under the following premarket submission categories:
- Premarket Notification (510(k)) submissions
- De Novo requests
- Premarket Approval Applications (PMAs) and PMA supplements
- Product Development Protocols (PDPs)
- Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) submissions
- Humanitarian Device Exemption (HDE) submissions
The document can be found here.
Medical Device Interoperability | 05 April 2022
Medical device interoperability refers to the capacity to share and use data between one or more devices, products, technologies, or systems in a safe, secure, and efficient manner. This data can be displayed, stored, interpreted, analysed, and utilised to automatically act on or control another product, among other things.
As electronic medical devices grow more connected to one another and other technologies, the capacity of interconnected systems to share and use data safely, securely, and effectively becomes increasingly essential.
Interoperable devices that can communicate data across systems and platforms can help to improve patient care, reduce errors and adverse events, promote innovation, and enable more diversified study datasets.
The FDA encourages intelligent, secure, and safe interoperability between medical devices and information systems. To promote medical device interoperability, the agency has worked with hospitals, health care providers, manufacturers, standards development organisations, and other interested parties.
EUROPEAN UNION (EU)
Guidance on borderline between medical devices and medicinal products under Regulation (EU) 2017/745 on medical devices | 26 April 2022
The difference between Regulation (EU) 2017/745 on medical devices (MDR) and Directive 2001/83/EC on medicinal goods for human use (MPD) is critical for the appropriate implementation, interpretation, and enforcement of the two sets of laws.
Several sections in the MDR and MPD serve as a separating line between the two legal frameworks. This guidance document includes further clarifications and examples of essential regulations to aid in the uniform implementation of the MDR across the EU. A working group of experts from Member States’ relevant agencies, Commission services, the European Medicines Agency, and various stakeholders prepared the document.
Clinical Trials Regulation Question and Answer document | 13 April 2022
European Commission has released a question-and-answer document on Clinical Trials Regulation (EU) 536/2014. The goal of the paper is to provide answers to clinical trial-related issues. This article contains commonly requested ‘questions and answers about how the rules on clinical trials are implemented. All revisions to these questions and answers are given and debated by the “Expert group on clinical trials” and reflect the group’s viewpoint. The document can be accessed here.
EUDAMED – UDI/Devices technical documentation update | 11 April 2022
Regulations (EU) 2017/745 and 2017/746 introduced the EU device identification system based on a unique device identifier (UDI), allowing medical devices traceability. This requires that manufacturers submit the UDI/Device information of all devices they place on the EU market in EUDAMED. The document clarifies the data provided in EUDAMED for the UDI module.
EUDAMED – NBs & Certificates module technical documentation update | 11 April 2022
Notified Bodies (NB) should register in EUDAMED any information regarding certificates issued (including amendments and supplements), suspended, reinstated, withdrawn, or refused and other restrictions imposed on these certificates. Such information is accessible to the public. The document clarifies the update in the EUDAMED NB & certificates module.
Joint implementation and preparedness plan for Regulation (EU) 2017/746 on in vitro diagnostic medical devices (IVDR) | 01 April 2022
The IVDR (In-Vitro Diagnostic Medical Devices Regulations) is set to effect on 26 May 2022. The Medical Device Coordination Group (MDCG), which comprises experts appointed by the Member States, approved a Joint Implementation Plan for the MDR in March 2020. Priority activities for Member States and Commission services were outlined in the plan, which would be monitored at the MDCG level. The MDR joint implementation plan acknowledged a similar process for the IVDR. As a result, the present document proposes a draft IVDR joint implementation plan. The document was updated this month.
Report on surveillance activities 2020 | 08 April 2022
The report outlines the medical device and in vitro diagnostic medical device monitoring operations carried out during 2020. The report analyses the data collected in the Ministry’s supervisory system database based on health professionals’ and manufacturers’ recommendations. The publication is aimed at all stakeholders in the device sector, including manufacturers, healthcare professionals, patient associations, and central and local institutions interested in purchasing and managing medical devices and in vitro medical-diagnostic devices. It allows the reader to acquire helpful information elements to carry out better their professional activity in medical devices and in vitro medical-diagnostic devices that have already been placed on the market. The Italian report can be found here.
Webinar – In-Vitro Diagnostic Medical Devices Regulation | 21 April 2022
The HPRA (Health Products Regulatory Authority) will host a free webinar on the In-Vitro Diagnostic Medical Devices Regulation (IVDR), which will address significant subjects and provide practical information on the IVDR’s implementation, regulatory implementation at the national and European levels, post-market surveillance, vigilance and registration requirements, and HPRA inspections and performance studies. For registration, visit here.
Annual Communication | 21 April 2022
If the synthetic methods, processing equipment, cleaning or containment procedures are comparable to active substances, HPRA has published a form for the manufacturer, importer, or distributor of active substances to add new active substances to the registration.
Medical Device Regulation: Survey for healthcare professionals | 25 April 2022
The Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA) is surveying to assess healthcare professionals’ awareness and understanding of medical device (MD) and in vitro diagnostic medical device (IVD) laws in Ireland. This survey’s results will only be used to identify particular regulatory subjects of concern to healthcare professionals and determine how to effectively help them with medical devices and IVD regulations. The survey can be found here, and the deadline to submit it is 13 May 2022.
Self-Test COVID-19 Kits | 15 April 2022
The Malta Medicines Authority has released applications inviting distributors to submit applications to make Covid-19 Self-Test Kits available to the public.
Introduction of robotic surgery to the public health system | 08 April 2022
Health Minister Adam Niedzielski launched the introduction of robotic surgery into Poland’s public healthcare system. The financing of robotic surgery procedures is a technological leap in Polish healthcare; all operations will be reimbursed according to a specially calculated tariff, said Adam Niedzielski at the Provincial Specialist Hospital in Wrocław during a conference on the development and financing of robotics inpatient treatment. – On the one hand, robots make doctors’ jobs simpler, and on the other hand, it ensures that patients receive the best possible care’ he added further.
UNITED KINGDOM (UK)
Written Confirmations for export to EEA and Northern Ireland of Active Substances manufactured in Great Britain | 04 April 2022
The United Kingdom is designated as a Third Country to export Active Substances for Human Use to the European Economic Area (EEA). Northern Ireland’s active substance manufacturers will continue to be accepted by the European Economic Area. Each shipment of Active Substance manufactured in the UK exported to the EEA, and Northern Ireland will then require a Written Confirmation. For the Written Confirmation, a template has been created here. This Written Confirmation certifies the following for a third nation exporting Active Substances to the EEA:
- the standards of Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) are equivalent to those in the EU/EEA
- the manufacturing plant is subject to regular inspections (which may be both announced and unannounced)
- significant non-compliance events would be communicated to the EEA without delay
Import of goods and products under sanitary surveillance | 20 April 2022
ANVISA issued a Notice inviting any individual or institution interested in the topic to provide data and information to identify difficulties encountered in the import procedures of goods and products subject to sanitary monitoring. The implementation of laws for international trade activities should consider the promotion of product access and the reduction of the health risk of these items to the Brazilian population. Any person or organisation interested in the issue is welcome to participate in the consultation, particularly those involved in foreign commerce, such as importers, exporters, customs brokers, carriers, customs, and representatives from other federal agencies. Those interested in taking part must complete the survey between 26 April 2022 and 09 June 2022.
ANVISA discloses data on adverse events | 07 April 2022
The 1st Newsletter on Post-Market Monitoring of products and services subject to health surveillance has been released by ANVISA. Based on data from the System of Notification and Investigation in Sanitary Surveillance, the publication includes information on notifications of adverse events, technical complaints, product quality deviations, and reports of intoxications. The data covers poisoning, Surveillance and Control Measures, Cannabidiol, Kit Intubation, Sanitizing, and Cosmetovigilance.
Implantable defibrillators and cardiac valve prostheses | 01 April 2022
ANVISA issued Call Notices 5 and 6 in the Official Gazette (D.O.U.) requesting holders of registrations for implanted defibrillators and cardiac valve prosthesis, which follow the technical qualities specified in Normative Instruction (IN) 119/2022 and having the following technical names:
- Implantable double chamber defibrillator
- Single-chamber implantable defibrillator
- Implantable defibrillator for cardiac resynchronization therapy
- Biological cardiac valve prosthesis
- Mechanical cardiac valve prosthesis
to send technical attributes of each model of medical device (health product) registered with ANVISA for economic monitoring purposes in a spreadsheet. The technical attribute data collected will be used to create economic monitoring panels for implantable defibrillators and cardiac valve prostheses, which will enable the grouping of products with similar technical specifications and the disclosure of price history statistics used in public purchases, reducing asymmetric information in the market.
MOH Gains ISO International Recognition | 13 April 2022
The Ministry of Health, represented by the Directorate General of Quality Assurance Center (DGQAC), was awarded ISO 9001/ 2015 certification by the International Organization for Standardization in 2020 for the following directorates:
- The Directorate General of Administrative Affairs
- The Directorate General of Financial Affairs
- The Directorate General of Pharmaceutical Affairs & Drug Control
- The Directorate General of Private Health Institutions
- The Directorate General of Projects & Engineering Affairs
Guidance on Change Notification for Registered Medical Devices | April 2022
This guideline document aims to assist registrants in assessing whether a Change Notification for a medical device listed on the Singapore Medical Device Register (SMDR) is required. Registrants must inform the Authority about the modifications of the registered medical devices under the Health Products (Medical Devices) Regulations 2010 (Regulations). As a consequence of a reportable Adverse Event (AE) or an ongoing Field Safety Corrective Action, this guidance also applies to circumstances where a registered device undergoes any adjustments or planned changes, including labelling changes (FSCA). The guidance document can be accessed here.
Software Medical Devices – A Life Cycle Approach | April 2022
This guideline is produced by the Health Sciences Authority (HSA) to clarify the regulatory obligations for software medical devices across their entire life cycle, from product development through post-market activities following their launch in Singapore. This guideline is only a recommendation. It should not be interpreted as a new regulatory control on software medical devices by anyone involved in developing and providing such devices in Singapore. This paper addresses essential software-related regulatory requirements, such as cybersecurity and regulations for Artificial Intelligence (AI) medical devices, and it applies to the software of all Risk Classifications. With new software-related technologies and growing hazards, these rules will be evaluated and updated regularly. The document can be found here.
Risk Classification of Standalone Medical Mobile Applications and Qualification of Clinical Decision Support Software (CDSS) | April 2022
To establish the risk categorization of Standalone Medical Mobile Applications that are Medical Devices, this guideline refers to the IMDRF’s Framework for Software as a Medical Device (SaMD) (commonly referred to as SaMD). This guideline further clarifies whether Clinical Decision Support Software (CDSS) is classified as a regulated medical device or not and the current regulatory approach and standards for such software regulated by HSA. The guideline can be found here.
HSA’s advisory on factors that may affect the accuracy of COVID-19 antigen rapid self-test kit results | 04 April 2022
COVID-19 testing, including polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing and antigen rapid tests (ART), are helpful tools for detecting COVID-19 infection. While professional PCR tests and ARTs performed by healthcare professionals are assumed to have greater precision, self-testing remains an essential tool in public health response during a pandemic because it is easily accessible, inexpensive, and provides faster results in the detection of COVID-19. The Health Sciences Authority (HSA) has evaluated all COVID-19 ART self-test kits to fulfil the required safety, performance, and quality requirements. However, the test findings may be influenced by a variety of circumstances, including the viral load of the individual and the sampling method used. Companies must notify HSA of any erroneous findings from their ARTs that they are aware of, and HSA must investigate to rule out any quality or performance concerns with their tests. HSA is actively watching local and worldwide trends and will take appropriate measures if necessary.
Guidance – Special Access Routes (SAR) | 01 April 2022
All Class B, C, and D medical devices must be registered with the Health Products Act (Act) and the Health Products (Medical Devices) Regulations 2010 (Regulations) before being sold in Singapore. Qualified practitioners (i.e., physicians and dentists) sometimes need access to unregistered medical devices to fulfil exceptional clinical needs emerging in their profession in an emergency or when all conventional treatments have failed. Qualified practitioners may use unique access methods to access unregistered medical devices for use on their patients. More details can be found here.
Note: The Special Access Routes (SAR) updates for unregistered medical devices will take effect from 1 April 2022.
Webinar – Dental Laboratory Regulatory Requirements in Singapore | 01 April 2022
The Singapore Health Sciences Authority will have a Zoom webinar to discuss the regulatory standards for dental laboratories that manufacture or modify dental devices. The regulatory obligations that apply to dental laboratories that manufacture devices for local use and guidance on the notification and reporting processes will be covered in this webinar. For more details and registration, visit.
DRAP issues final Guidance document for applicants on Import and Export permissions of therapeutic goods in the country | 27 April 2022
DRAP has regulatory control over the import and export of all therapeutic products to evaluate if they are permissible under relevant drug laws and prohibits entrance or exit of any therapeutic commodity if the regulatory standards are not met. These regulatory measures are in place to prevent substandard therapeutic products from entering the market and to ensure that standard quality therapeutic goods are available. These regulatory controls are in place to keep inferior products out of the supply chain and ensure that standard quality therapeutic commodities are available. The document can be accessed here.