This week Australia’s TGA issued letters to multiple sponsors calling in technical data on custom surgical implants. The agency is taking a closer look at the evidence held by manufacturers for safety and performance of custom devices. This will inform TGA’s planned reforms for regulation of advanced manufactured devices. In the short term, those without adequate data may be in for an uncomfortable time.
TGA acts on promise to streamline special access – removing duplication of ethics committee review of clinical need and extending the duration of approvals. There’s also a new Special Access C – which sets up notification only pathways for medicines and devices with accepted history of use.
Time is running out for Prosthesis list applications. Manufacturers seeking reimbursement from February next year must act now or wait until August 2018 before they get paid for implantable devices. Opportunity knocks but twice a year. There’s still time to get your listing application in but be quick
Manufacturers who have TGA registrations but haven’t yet started sales can claim relief from TGA annual charges – but only if they act very quickly. The window for applications closes on 22 July
There’s much uncertainty and concern about the new IVD Regulation in Europe. The new regulations began this past European holiday weekend, and begin a lengthy transition to implementation. If you are wondering how this may work out, look Down Under, where at the end of June, Australia will complete its transition to new IVD Regulations (IVDR). We take a look at the lessons to learn from the Australian experience.
The European Medical Device and Active Implantable Medical Device Directives have for more than 20 years provided the “best practice” regulatory model which has been adapted into so many other markets around the world. But now Europe has changed. How will other markets deal with the regulatory disconnect between the new European Model and the now outdated copies around the world? Is this new global disharmony a threat – or can others follow Europe’s lead and take the opportunity to deliver a more harmonised global regulation?