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Harmonizing the Common Rule and U.S. Food and Drug Administration Human Subjects Research Regulations

On September 28, 2022, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued two Notices of Proposed Rule Making to harmonize FDA’s regulations pertaining to human subjects research and the review of cooperative research by a single institutional review board with those of the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects. Earlier in September, FDA also issued a draft guidance entitled “Ethical Considerations for Clinical Investigations of Medical Products Involving Children.”

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COVID-19 Disruptions of International Clinical Trials: Comparing Guidances Issued by Key European National Regulatory Authorities, the Australian Department of Health, Brazil’s ANVISA, Health Canada and Singapore’s HSA

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The COVID-19 pandemic has had a major impact on the conduct of clinical trials worldwide. Recognizing this impact, national authorities have issued guidance for sponsors, investigators and institutional review boards (IRBs)/research ethics committees (RECs) regarding the conduct of clinical trials. Following up on an earlier alert that was released on April 2, 2020, available here summarizing guidance from FDA, EMA, MHRA and PMDA, the below chart summarizes guidance related to COVID-19 and clinical trials released by additional national regulatory authorities. The chart below summarizes guidance from the European Medicines Agency (“EMA”), the French National Agency for Medicines and Health Products Safety (“ANSM”), the German Federal Ministry of Health (“BfArM”), the Italian Medicines Agency (“AIFA”), the Spanish Agency for Medicines and Health Products (“AEMPS”), Switzerland's Swissmedic and swissethics, the Australian Department of Health, the Brazilian Health Regulatory Agency (“ANVISA”), Health Canada, and Singapore Health Sciences Authority (“HSA”).

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