sábado, 19 de marzo de 2016

Zika updates from FDA: GE mosquitoes, guidances/Q&A + workshop registration closes today (3/18)

FDA Medical Countermeasures Initiative Update

Public comment period open

Female Ae aegypti mosquito (CDC)
On March 11, 2016, FDA released for public comment a draft environmental assessment (EA) (PDF, 33 MB) submitted by Oxitec, Ltd., that assesses the potential environmental impacts of a field trial of the company’s genetically engineered (GE) Aedes aegypti mosquitoes (OX513A) in Key Haven, Florida.
Ae. aegypti is known to transmit potentially debilitating human viral diseases, including Zika, dengue, yellow fever and chikungunya. FDA is also releasing a preliminary finding of no significant impact (FONSI) (PDF, 148 KB) that agrees with the draft EA’s conclusion that the field trial of such GE mosquitoes will not result in significant impacts on the environment. Comment by April 13, 2016.
Image: Female Ae. aegypti mosquito (Credit: CDC/ Paul I. Howell, MPH; Prof. Frank Hadley Collins)

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Zika workshop: Register by Friday, March 18

Zika Virus in the Americas: An HHS Expert Consultation to Accelerate the Development of Countermeasures

March 28-29, 2016 - North Bethesda, MD + webinar now available

The workshop will review current information about the virus’ epidemiology (including potential link to microcephaly) and clinical manifestations and pathogenesis of Zika virus. There will also be discussion of strategies to accelerate the development of vaccines, diagnostics, therapeutics and novel vector control methods and ensure blood supply safety.
This consultation is supported by NIAID, NICHD, ASPR/BARDA, CDC and FDA within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Zika guidances & Q&A

This Q&A provides answers to common questions from blood establishments asked in response toguidance (PDF, 111 KB) issued February 16, 2016. 

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News updates

More events:
  • April 14, 2016: Update on FDA’s Role in Regulatory Oversight of LDTs disclaimer icon (webinar), hosted by the Association of Public Health Laboratories and the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science - Alberto Gutierrez, PhD, Director of the FDA Office of In VitroDiagnostics and Radiological Health, will discuss FDA’s latest thoughts on laboratory-developed tests (LDTs) regulatory oversight (fee)
  • April 19-22, 2016: Preparedness Summit disclaimer icon (Dallas, TX), hosted by the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) (fee) - includes a Medical Countermeasures Link workshop disclaimer icon to provide federal updates for state strategic national stockpile and local MCM coordinators 
View more events on the frequently updated MCMi News and Events page
Guidance and information for industry:
Also see Zika guidances and Q&A above
  • FDA is seeking comments related to a proposed Nonclinical Study Data Reviewer's Guide (SDRG) template. Comment by May 3, 2016.
  • CDRH invites medical device industry, academia, and health care facilities to participate in its 2016 Experiential Learning Program, designed to provide medical device review staff with an opportunity to understand the policies, laboratory practices, and challenges faced in broader disciplines that impact the device development life cycle. Submit requests to participate by April 11, 2016.
How to submit comments
Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) updates:
  • FDA is announcing that a proposed collection of information, Guidance: Emergency Use Authorization of Medical Product, has been submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and clearance under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. Fax written comments on the collection of information by April 11, 2016(March 10, 2016)
  • FDA issued an EUA to authorize emergency use of the OraQuick® Ebola Rapid Antigen Test for the detection of Ebola Zaire virus in cadaveric oral fluid swab specimens from individuals with epidemiological risk factors for Ebola virus infection and suspected to have died of Ebola. Additional technical information (March 4, 2016)
More information and all current EUAs
Funding opportunities and deadline reminders:
  • FDA is backing disclaimer icon long-term improvements to national integrated food safety through a cooperative grant program for State-level Food Protection Rapid Response Teams (RRTs).Submit letters of intent by March 30, 2016.
  • On Rare Disease Day 2016 (February 29) FDA announced the launch of the Orphan Products Natural History Study Grants Program, funding much-needed natural history studies to facilitate product development for rare diseases. FDA intends to commit approximately $2 million and award 2-5 grants in Fiscal Year 2017 (October 1, 2016-September 30, 2017). 
More funding opportunities (bottom of page)
In case you missed it:
  • FDA’s Commissioner’s Fellowship Program is accepting applications for the Class of 2016 from April 1 - May 12, 2016. FDA invites outstanding health care professionals, scientists, and engineers to apply to its two-year fellowship program, where they will receive regulatory science training and the chance to conduct cutting-edge research on targeted scientific, policy, or regulatory issues under the mentorship of an FDA senior scientist.

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