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6 Jul
Clinical trials and pharmacovigilance: Spanish Code of Conduct leads the way in data management
In an effort to expand the regulatory framework with self-regulatory instruments, the Spanish Data Protection Authority recently approved a “Code of conduct for the processing of personal data in the field of clinical trials and other clinical research and of pharmacovigilance” supported by Farmaindustria, the national trade association for the pharmaceutical industry in Spain.
6 Jul
Draft EMA guidelines on transparency in clinical trials: Protecting commercially confidential information
On April 7, 2022, the EMA published draft guidelines on the transparency of information uploaded to the Clinical Trial Information System for the specific purpose of giving operational guidance on the management of commercially confidential information and personal data
6 Jul
Clinical trial contracts: What the new NCCEC models provide
On May 31 of this year, the National Center for the Coordination of Ethics Committees updated its model drug and medical device trial contracts. They are the benchmark for regulating the relationships between sponsors, CROs, and research centers involved in clinical trials.
6 Jul
News on the reorganization of Ethics Committees: Latest updates
In the past few months great strides have been made to establish the national ethics committees envisaged by Law No. 3 of 2018 (the “Lorenzin Law”), which were supposed to be identified by the Ministry of Health within sixty days of the Lorenzin Law taking effect.
The National Coordination Centre for Ethics Committees published new draft agreements for conducting clinical trials on drugs and medical devices
19 Apr
The new decree on non-profit studies: Data and results may now be sold
On February 16, 2022, more than two years later than planned, the Ministerial Decree of November 30, 2021, containing measures to facilitate and support the development of nonprofit clinical trials of medicinal products and observational studies, as well as to regulate the transfer of data and results of nonprofit trials for registration purposes, was finally published in the Official Gazette.
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July 19, 2022
Guidelines for the implementation of the Electronic Health Record (EHR) to ensure dissemination, uniformity and accessibility of the EHR at national level now published in the Official Gazet...
June 6, 2022
The National Coordination Centre for Ethics Committees published new draft agreements for conducting clinical trials on drugs and medical devices
April 27, 2022
EU Medical Device Coordination Group (MDCG) approves “Guidance” on the borderline between medical devices and medicinal products in order to support the uniform application of Regulation...
April 5, 2022
Electronic prescriptions: the current modalities of transmission from doctors to patients and from patients to pharmacies are extended until 31st December 2022
March 24, 2022
EU Medical Device Coordination Group (MDCG) approves “Guidance” on appropriate surveillance of devices covered by certificates according to the MD Directives, under the transitional prov...
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