Regulatory Affairs Editorial

  1. A Tactical Approach To Risk Management At The System-Level
    7/10/2019

    Many biotechnology/pharmaceutical organizations are in the early stages of developing their risk management process. For the most part, we tend to see this process developing at the clinical trial level. The struggle with implementing these practices solely at the trial level is that it quickly becomes inconsistent and obsolete. Study teams are taking the time to assess risk as it applies to their trial, but the information gained is seldom shared cross-functionally or upward through an organization. It is more of a “going through the motions” type practice — which is then filed away, never to be utilized again.

  2. 4 Key Ingredients Of A Robust Risk Management Framework
    5/16/2019

    It is certainly no surprise that risk management continues to hold the spotlight as a hot topic within the biotechnology/pharmaceutical industry. With the increased focus by regulatory authorities on an organization’s ability to identify, mitigate, and control risks, the industry remains in a state of growth, developing and evolving practices to ensure proper alignment with industry best practices and regulators’ expectations. Many organizations are finding it difficult to establish and embed risk management practices, as doing so requires a paradigm shift from a traditional risk-averse industry culture.

  3. 3 Powerful Writing Tips that Will Significantly Improve Your Clinical SOPs
    4/18/2019

    In addition to my career as a pharma industry consultant, I’m a writer. While I don’t claim to be the next Ernest Hemingway, I do consider myself a decent writer. I’ve put in the 10,000 hours of writing Malcolm Gladwell told us it takes to be an expert in his 2008 book, Outliers: The Story of Success. I’ve always had a passion for writing. At 24, I made a serious commitment to become a real “writer.”

  4. New FDA Guidance Answers Questions On RBM Use
    3/27/2019

    In August 2013, the FDA produced guidance on Oversight of Clinical Investigations – A Risk-Based Approach to Monitoring. In March 2019, the agency produced an eight-page question-and-answer draft guidance seeking to provide additional insights and facilitate sponsors’ implementation of RBM.

  5. Follow The Leader: Why Clinical Development Must Transition From Pharma-Led To Patient-Led
    3/12/2019

    “Patient-led drug development” has matured in recent years from an industry buzzword to a maxim practiced in pockets of pharma organizations each day. Yet, much more can be learned by looking through the patient lens, deeply considering their needs, and focusing on their quality of life. In recent years, companies have galvanized their efforts to develop additional methods for gathering patient input, to redesign clinical programs that improve patient experiences, and to track surrogate measures of “patient-centricity” at key stages.

  6. FDA Form 1572 And Non-U.S. Clinical Trials: To Complete Or Not To Complete?
    2/28/2019

    As Bob Dylan sang many years ago, “For the times they are a-changin,”1 could be the motto of drug development. Regulations, requirements, and enforcement practices have changed, and industry professionals strive to maintain awareness in order to be compliant. As the number of clinical trial site locations outside of the U.S. has increased — driven by untapped populations, faster recruitment, and lower costs,2 — the challenges have added up. Regionally, the required or anticipated documentation and enforcement of those requirements has changed over time. One document that has recently garnered attention is the FDA Form 15723 and specifically its use by non-U.S. investigators.

  7. Top 5 Strategies To Execute And Document GCP/GVP Vendor Oversight
    2/7/2019

    Over the last 10 years, the face of clinical research & development (R&D) and pharmacovigilance (PV) outsourcing has dramatically changed. What was a common industry scenario by 2010 — a full-scale operational pharma company utilizing both international and U.S.-based contract research organizations (CROs) to execute clinical investigator site monitoring and data management — has evolved into a new common scenario in 2019.

  8. Taking Control Of Quality Tolerance Limits In Clinical Trials
    1/8/2019

    The International Council for Harmonisation of Technical Requirements for Pharmaceuticals for Human Use (ICH) E6(R2) regulations have created a buzz within the industry regarding newly required expectations for quality tolerance limits (QTLs) when conducting good clinical practice (GCP) clinical trials. QTLs have historically been required for good manufacturing practice (GMP) activities, inferring limits at which significant actions must be taken to ensure the manufactured product achieves quality and usability limits.

  9. Moving Your QMS Beyond (Current And Future) Regulatory Expectations: A 7-Step Process
    12/27/2018

    Currently, sponsors running clinical trials have established quality management system (QMS) frameworks inclusive of organizational structure, processes, and procedures on the following premise: The QMS helps maintain a company’s compliance to regulations, ultimately with the hopes of ensuring patient safety, product quality, clinical responsibility, and data integrity.

  10. “The 12 Months Of Quality:” Tips For Building A Voluntary QA Culture In 2019
    12/26/2018

    Rather than 12 days of gifts, here are 12 months of suggestions to assist you in helping your organization bring its quality efforts and programs to the next level. As you think about where you want to be in 2019, consider these thoughts as strategies for building more credibility, cachet, and value around quality.