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Apr. 7, Apr. 14, Apr. 21, & Apr. 28 - FDA virtual Town Hall series on COVID-19 test development and validation

Updated - April 2021

The FDA continues its series of virtual Town Hall meetings for developers of COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) diagnostic tests. The FDA will answer technical questions about the development and validation of these tests. For more information, see FDA's information page for these meetings.

Upcoming Dates and Times:
April 7, 2021; 12:15-1:15 PM, US Eastern Time
April 14, 2021; 12:15-1:15 PM, US Eastern Time
April 21, 2021; 12:15-1:15 PM, US Eastern Time
April 28, 2021; 12:15-1:15 PM, US Eastern Time

FDA Guidance: Emergency Use Authorization for Vaccines to Prevent COVID-19

October 2020

The FDA has issued a new guidance for industry to assist sponsors of Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) requests for COVID-19 vaccines. This guidance provides recommendations about the data and information needed to support the issuance of an EUA for an investigational COVID-19 vaccine for the duration of the COVID-19 public health emergency. For more information, see the guidance document.

UPDATED - FDA Guidance: Conduct of Clinical Trials of Medical Products during COVID-19 Pandemic

Updated - July 2020

In March 2020, the FDA issued a new guidance for industry, investigators, and institutional review boards on conducting clinical trials during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The guidance includes considerations for assuring the safety of trial participants, maintaining compliance with good clinical practice (GCP), and minimizing risks to trial integrity during the pandemic. For more information, see the guidance document.

The guidance was updated on July 2. It now includes updated information regarding the collection of informed consent from a prospective trial participant, and provides recommendations regarding video conferencing for trial visits.

FDA Guidance: Development and Licensure of Vaccines to Prevent COVID-19

June 2020

The FDA has issued a new guidance for industry to assist sponsors in the development and licensure of vaccines for the prevention of COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2). This guidance provides recommendations regarding the required data for manufacturing, clinical development, and approval of a COVID-19 vaccine. It also provides an overview of key considerations and statistics to determine vaccine safety and efficacy. For more information, see the guidance document.

FDA's Coronavirus Treatment Acceleration Program (CTAP)

April 2020

FDA has created a new emergency program, called the Coronavirus Treatment Acceleration Program (CTAP), to expedite development of potential treatments for COVID-19. This program aims to bring new treatments to patients as quickly as possible, while also supporting research to further evaluate the safety and effectiveness of those treatments. For more information, see FDA's overview of the CTAP program or read the press release.

CBR International is currently assisting clients with COVID-19 development programs and we are very familiar with the Coronavirus Treatment Acceleration Program (CTAP). We are assisting clients through this process to accelerate products to the clinic. Please contact us if you need assistance or general advice: call us at 720-746-1190 or email

FDA Guidances: Providing Regulatory Submissions in eCTD and Alternate Electronic Formats

March 2020

In February 2020, the FDA finalized its guidance on providing regulatory submissions in eCTD format (see the guidance document here). The guidance also specifies which submission types are exempt from eCTD requirements or may qualify for a long-term waiver, such as Type III drug master files. For those submission types, FDA has issued a draft guidance on providing submissions in alternate electronic format (March 2020, see the guidance document here).

For more information about the eCTD v4.0, see the FDA's draft Technical Conformance Guide and Module 1 Implementation Package (here) and the current ICH implementation package (here).

CBR International and our partner TruSubmit have over 15 years of experience in electronic submissions to the FDA and other regulatory authorities around the globe. To learn more about our comprehensive electronic submissions services, visit our Services page or contact us.

FDA's new Purple Book database

February 2020

The FDA has launched its new online Purple Book to help patients and prescribers identify FDA-approved biologic and biosimilar treatment options. The new format is a searchable database of FDA-licensed (approved) biological products, including biosimilar and interchangeable products. The database, and more information about it, can be found here: Purple Book.

FDA CDER releases New Drug Therapy Approvals 2019 Report

January 2020

The FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) has released their annual "New Drug Therapy Approvals" report, covering notable new drug approvals and illustrating CDER’s role in bringing innovative, safe, and effective drug therapies to patients in need. The report includes new drug products, new uses of existing drugs, and new biosimilar approvals. CDER director Janet Woodcock offered her perspective on some of the the trends and achievements covered in the report; read it here. The report itself can be found here: New Drug Therapy Approvals 2019.

Stephen Hahn confirmed as FDA commissioner

December 2019

Stephen Hahn has been confirmed as the next FDA commissioner. Read CNN's report here.

FDA approves Calquence (acalabrutinib) for treatment of chronic lymphocytic leukemia

November 2019

As part of Project Orbis, a collaboration with the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration and Health Canada, the FDA approved Calquence (acalabrutinib) for the treatment of chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) or small lymphocytic lymphoma (SLL). For more information, read the FDA press release or see product information [PDF]. This is the second collaborative international approval granted under Project Orbis. Learn more about Project Orbis here.

FDA approves Abrilada (adalimumab-afzb), a biosimilar to Humira (adalimumab)

November 2019

The FDA has approved Abrilada (adalimumab-afzb), a biosimilar to Humira (adalimumab), marking the 25th biosimilar approval in FDA’s effort to foster competition in the biologics market. For more information, read the FDA press release or see product information [PDF].

FDA News: reorganization of several CDER offices

November 2019

The FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) Office of Hematology and Oncology Products has been reorganized and renamed the Office of Oncologic Diseases. Learn more here.

CDER also plans to restructure the Office of New Drugs, with corresponding changes in the Office of Translational Sciences and Office of Pharmaceutical Quality. For more information, including implementation plans and timelines, read FDA's announcement.

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CBR plans to maintain business continuity during the COVID-19 outbreak

March 2020

CBR has designed its systems to ensure employees can securely provide continued service to clients while onsite from our offices, or via telecommuting due to a short-term or extended office closure. Should our offices be closed due to potential exposure to COVID-19, we will continue to operate and provide ongoing support to clients. Read our official statement here [PDF].