Top FDA Official: Agency ‘Creative,’ ‘Efficient,’ ‘Focused’ After COVID-19 Domestic Inspection Hiatus
William Maisel says FDA investigators are putting their best foot forward when conducting facility inspections amidst the coronavirus pandemic.
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‘What, Me Worry?’: Experts Say They’re Not Concerned About FDA Restarting Domestic Inspections Amidst COVID-19
In a few days the US FDA will fire up its domestic inspectorate for the first time since March. But is it a good idea? Three industry experts said during a Food and Drug Law Institute webinar that they’re not particularly worried.
US FDA commissioner Stephen Hahn said on 10 July that the agency has a plan to send investigators back into the field in 10 days. Whether or not a company is inspected, however, will depend on local COVID-19 conditions.
Jeff Shuren, director of the US FDA’s device center, says the agency is drafting a guidance document that will give industry recommendations on how it should handle products granted emergency use authorization during the COVID-19 public health emergency, once it’s over. The guidance will also address already-approved devices that were modified by their makers under enforcement discretion.