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Ex­pect­a­tion of a Faster Growth of Health Food in Near Fu­ture
The Ad­min­is­trat­ive Meas­ures for the Re­gis­tra­tion and Re­cordal of Health Food (“Meas­ures”) ad­op­ted and pro­mul­gated by China Food and Drug Ad­min­is­tra­tion ("CF­DA") on 4 Feb­ru­ary 2016 have come in­to force on 1 Ju­ly 2016.The above Meas­ures give more clar­ity to health food man­u­fac­turer or dis­trib­ut­or in terms of man­u­fac­tur­ing and im­port­ing of health food in China.The Meas­ures provide a new two-track ad­min­is­trat­ive sys­tem and a more ef­fi­cient guideline for health food in­dustry. Com­pared with the cur­rent reg­u­la­tion (i.e. Tri­al Im­ple­ment­a­tion of Health Food Re­gis­tra­tion, “Tri­al Im­ple­ment­a­tion”), the Meas­ures sim­pli­fy and op­tim­ise the pro­ced­ure for health food re­gis­tra­tion, and parts of the health food (formerly sub­ject to re­gis­tra­tion pro­cess) are now sub­ject to re­cordal. This will help to shorten the peri­od to meet reg­u­lat­ory com­pli­ance of health food on the Chinese mar­ket. The new re­gime is also be­ne­fi­cial for for­eign health food man­u­fac­tur­ers who mainly carry out these goods through on­line sale, mainly those who man­u­fac­ture nu­tri­tion com­ple­ments, such as vit­am­in and min­er­als.Ac­cord­ing to the 2015 an­nu­al re­port is­sued by CF­DA in Feb­ru­ary 2016, 987 re­gis­tra­tions of health food cases have been ap­proved and 513 al­ter­a­tion ap­plic­a­tion cases have been ap­proved in the year 2015. It can be ex­pec­ted that after the pro­mul­ga­tion of the Meas­ures, the num­ber of both re­gistered and re­cor­ded health food will have a much faster growth in the near fu­ture.Please click the be­low source link to read the full con­tent.
New GCP of Med­ic­al Devices
On 23 March 2016, the China Food and Drugs Ad­min­is­tra­tion (“CF­DA”) and Na­tion­al Health and Fam­ily Plan­ning Com­mis­sion (“NHFPC”) jointly is­sued the new Good Clin­ic­al Prac­tice of Med­ic­al Devices (“New GCP”). This New GCP will re­place the Pro­vi­sions on Clin­ic­al Tri­als of Med­ic­al Devices ef­fect­ive from 1 April 2004. The New GCP will take ef­fect from 1 June 2016 but it will not ap­ply to in vitro dia­gnost­ic re­agents.Ac­cord­ing to the Ad­min­is­trat­ive Meas­ures of Re­gis­tra­tion of Med­ic­al Devices, the Class II and Class III med­ic­al devices, ex­cept those ex­emp­ted from clin­ic­al tests as pub­licly lis­ted by the CF­DA, are sub­ject to clin­ic­al test and their clin­ic­al tests need to be filed with the loc­al FDA. In ad­di­tion, the clin­ic­al tests of some Class III med­ic­al which have high risks fur­ther need to be ap­proved by the CF­DA. There­fore, the New GCP will have lar­ger im­pact on the clin­ic­al tests of Class II and Class III med­ic­al devices.The New GCP has 11 chapters, in­clud­ing (1) gen­er­al prin­ciples, (2) pre­par­a­tion for clin­ic­al tri­al, (3) pro­tec­tion of rights of sub­jects, (4) pro­gram of clin­ic­al tri­al, (5) du­ties of eth­ics com­mit­tee, (6) du­ties of ap­plic­ant, (7) du­ties of clin­ic­al tri­al en­tit­ies and re­search­ers, (8) re­cords and re­ports, (9) ad­min­is­tra­tion of med­ic­al devices for clin­ic­al tri­al, (10) ad­min­is­tra­tion of ba­sic doc­u­ments and (11) mis­cel­laneous. It has enorm­ously ad­ded the rules of clin­ic­al tri­al to be com­plied with by ap­plic­ant, eth­ics com­mit­tee, clin­ic­al tri­al en­tity and re­search­er and in­creased the pro­tec­tion for sub­jects. Du­ties and ob­lig­a­tions of rel­ev­ant parties in the clin­ic­al tests of med­ic­al devices will be stream­lined and the ap­plic­ants for clin­ic­al tests, i.e. man­u­fac­tur­ers of med­ic­al devices, will be much more af­fected by this New GCP. The main con­tents of the New GCP are as fol­lows:A chapter re­gard­ing pre­par­a­tion for clin­ic­al tri­al is ad­ded in the New GCP. It adds some more con­di­tions for car­ry­ing out clin­ic­al tri­als, in­clud­ing provid­ing the test re­port made by a qual­i­fied test­ing en­tity with­in 1 year, hav­ing filed the clin­ic­al tri­al with the loc­al pro­vin­cial FDA, hav­ing ob­tained the ap­prov­al for clin­ic­al tri­al of Class III med­ic­al device.In the chapter re­gard­ing the pro­tec­tion of rights of sub­jects, in ad­di­tion to keep the list of in­form­a­tion re­gard­ing the clin­ic­al tri­al to be dis­closed to sub­jects in the old Pro­vi­sions on Clin­ic­al Tri­als of Med­ic­al Devices, the New GCP adds the ob­lig­a­tions of an ap­plic­ant for clin­ic­al tri­al to provide the eth­ics com­mit­tee with a series of doc­u­ments for eth­ics con­trol, to re­port to the eth­ics com­mit­tee the ser­i­ous ad­verse events, status of clin­ic­al, and de­vi­ations in the clin­ic­al tri­al, etc., and not to mis­lead the sub­jects by ex­ag­ger­at­ing the in­dem­ni­fic­a­tion for re­ceiv­ing the clin­ic­al tri­als.A chapter re­gard­ing the pro­gram of clin­ic­al tri­al is ad­ded in the New GCP. It re­quires that an ap­plic­ant for clin­ic­al tri­al is ob­liged to pre­pare the pro­gram of clin­ic­al tri­al and iden­ti­fies the scope of such pro­gram. Oth­er­wise, there is no guideline for car­ry­ing out clin­ic­al tri­als.The chapter re­gard­ing the eth­ics com­mit­tee’s du­ties is also a newly ad­ded chapter in the New GCP. This chapter spe­cifies the com­pos­i­tion of the eth­ics com­mit­tee, the qual­i­fic­a­tions of its mem­bers and rules of pro­ced­ure. The eth­ics com­mit­tee is gran­ted the rights to sus­pend and ter­min­ate clin­ic­al tri­als.It is spe­cified in the New GCP that the ap­plic­ant for clin­ic­al tri­al shall be re­spons­ible for the truth and re­li­ab­il­ity of clin­ic­al tri­al data. It is a dif­fi­cult ob­lig­a­tion to be per­formed by the ap­plic­ant in the cur­rent prac­tice. At present, the num­ber of ex­ist­ing med­ic­al in­sti­tu­tions which can carry out clin­ic­al tri­als is far be­low the de­mand for clin­ic­al tri­als. It is quite of­ten that an ap­plic­ant can­not con­trol the status of a clin­ic­al tri­al by a med­ic­al in­sti­tute. In or­der to im­ple­ment such re­spons­ib­il­ity, the New GCP re­quires the ap­plic­ant to es­tab­lish mon­it­ors to carry out mon­it­or­ing over the en­tire pro­cess of clin­ic­al tri­al and sets out the de­tailed du­ties of such mon­it­ors.The New GCP also ex­tends the term for keep­ing the re­cords for clin­ic­al tri­als. The med­ic­al in­sti­tute shall keep the ma­ter­i­als for clin­ic­al tri­al for 10 years after end­ing of a clin­ic­al tri­al and the ap­plic­ant shall keep such ma­ter­i­als un­til no longer use of such med­ic­al device, which is deemed to be an in­fin­ite peri­od.In re­spect of clin­ic­al tri­al of med­ic­al devices, the New GCP is one of reg­u­la­tions to be en­acted ac­cord­ing to the Su­per­vi­sion and Ad­min­is­tra­tion Reg­u­la­tion of Med­ic­al Devices. The oth­er one is the Ad­min­is­trat­ive Meas­ures on Veri­fic­a­tion of Qual­i­fic­a­tion of En­tit­ies for Clin­ic­al Tri­al of Med­ic­al Devices. The draft of such reg­u­la­tion was is­sued for pub­lic com­ments in Ju­ly 2015 and it is en­vis­aged that this draft may be passed and en­acted
China En­cour­ages In­nov­at­ive Drug by Modi­fy­ing Its Drug Clas­si­fic­a­tion Rules
Fol­low­ing the new rules of clas­si­fic­a­tion of med­ic­al devices ef­fect­ive as of 1st Janu­ary 2016, the China Food and Drug Ad­min­is­tra­tion (“CF­DA”) is­sued a cir­cu­lar re­gard­ing the re­form of chem­ic­al drug re­gis­tra­tion clas­si­fic­a­tion on 4 March 2016 (“Cir­cu­lar”). This new Cir­cu­lar has come in­to force on the date of pub­lic­a­tion.Please click the be­low Source link to read more de­tails.


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