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Transferring regulation into practice: The challenges of the new layperson summary of clinical trial results - Volume 24, Issue

The new European Clinical Trials Regulation, published on 27 May 2014, requires sponsors to provide summary results of clinical trials in a format that is understandable to laypersons. The lay summary is to be made publicly available in the yet to…

Regulatory Writing Developments in paediatric regulation - Volume 22, Issue

Recently, both sides of the Atlantic have seen developments in paediatric regulation. In Europe, the EMA has published a new template for the paediatric investigation plan (PIP), which should help dispel some (but by no means all) doubts and…

New EU medical device regulations: Impact on the MedTech sector - Volume 26, Issue

Abstract Regulation plays a fundamental role in the translation of innovative medical devices from concept to clinical application and ensures that only devices that exhibit the highest standards of safety and quality are released onto the EU Single…

Medical Device Regulation: A necessary step towards more patient and user safety - Volume 26, Issue

Abstract The new Medical Device Regulation (MDR) has recently been approved, and after a transition period of 5 years, all medical devices will be approved and marketed according to these new regulations. This article compares the main changes of…

French breast implants, the Medical Device Regulation, and a theoretical case study - Volume 26, Issue

Abstract The 2010-2011 Poly Implant Prothèse scandal triggered a review of the Medical Device Directive. This resulted in a new Medical Device Regulation that was approved this year. It contains many changes, and many questions will arise when…

Cosmetic regulatory writing - Volume 23, Issue

On 11 July 2013, a new regulation for cosmetics was applied in Europe, Regulation (EC) 1223/2009, replacing Directive 76/768/CEE. This new regulation clarifies the roles and responsibilities of all stakeholders and introduces new notions such as…

Regulatory medical writing in Switzerland - Volume 22, Issue

Switzerland is practically unknown in the drug/medical device regulatory landscape despite being home to some of the world's biggest pharmaceutical firms. This article briefly describes the regulations governing clinical trials in Switzerland and…

Legislation and the lay audience: Challenges of communicating benefit and risk in the light of new regulations - Volume 24, Issue

There is a paradigm shift in the pharmaceutical industry and regulatory agencies towards transparency and an emphasis on the benefit-risk ratio of medicines. The recent changes in legislation surrounding clinical documentation have produced…

Transparency and the healthcare industry: The Sun is shining - Volume 22, Issue

The demand for greater transparency in financial relationships between the healthcare industry and healthcare professionals is increasing globally, and has led to establishing government regulations and professional guidelines for detailed reporting…

Bad karma - Volume 22, Issue

Bad Pharma provides a hyper-critical account of the pharmaceutical industry's approach to conducting, publishing and using clinical research and development. However, its attack on the drug regulators is unfair and its examination of the medical…

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