Industry responds to proposed regulatory changes for clinical trials of medical devices

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Industry has united through the Research and Development Taskforce (RDTF) to respond to the Therapeutic Goods Administration’s (TGA) consultation on proposed changes for clinical trials of medical devices and make a joint submission on maintaining regulation commensurate with risk.

Industry came together through the RDTF, a multi-sector collaboration between AusBiotech, the Medical Technology Association of Australia and Medicines Australia, to thoroughly review the current design of clinical trials oversight, and highlighted in its submission that there is evidence demonstrating that Australia’s current process is safe and efficient for participants in first in human studies.

Patient safety is at the heart of Australia’s existing regulatory processes, and industry is supportive of the sound patient protection provided through Australia’s existing scientific and ethical review system in place for high-risk devices, along with the TGA’s mandatory safety reporting requirements.

While industry agrees with the TGA that over time, medical devices have increased in their complexity - with advances in technology such as the materials used, including 3D printed materials, and the interaction with software, it contends that these developments do not infer that the risk has increased – as indicated, without evidence, in the consultation paper.

Australia has a thorough process and world-class regulation in place to assess risk and best protect patients, and the RDTF suggested in its submission that implementing the proposed changes will not better protect patients’ health, and equally, it will also disadvantage public health activities.

There was overall support from industry for the TGA’s proposal to include all medical device clinical trials in Australia’s Good Clinical Practice (GCP) Inspection Program (to enable selected trials and documentation supporting these trials to be inspected).

As the national voice of the life sciences industry, AusBiotech champions advocacy and regularly submits commentary on behalf of its members and the Australian life science sector.

Together with the RDTF, the response was also developed together with AusBiotech’s Clinical Trials Advisory Group, AusMedtech Advisory Group, and AusMedtech Regulatory Affairs Advisory Group, which each provide guidance and advice on operational and policy-related regulatory matters.

Read the full submission now.