The Regulatory Impact of EUAs

The Regulatory Impact of EUAs

Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) is a valuable asset that the FDA uses to make exceptions for unapproved medical devices during public health crises. It has brought up some controversy since COVID-19 started making its way around the globe. Regardless, there is little doubt that it has had a major impact on the regulatory policies of industries everywhere. EUAs are affecting more industries than just the medical device manufacturers. They’re also playing a role in speeding up approvals for other manufactured products.


Regulatory Impact of EUA Authority


Since just February 2020, the FDA has issued EUAs for more than 100 different elements, including drugs, devices and biologics. Other organizations, like those making personal protective equipment, ventilators and hand sanitizers, have gone through the EUA process for distribution approval.


At the beginning of the global pandemic, hand sanitizer started flying off of retail shelves due to the increase in COVID-19 fears. Doctors became desperate for PPE and respirators as patients entered hospitals in critical condition from the illness. Pharmaceutical manufacturers that produced these types of products wanted to make sure their goods reached the market faster. The quicker they were available for sale, the more patients and doctors could start reaping the medical benefits. As a result, it became more common to use EUA’s to skip over the lengthy 510(k) submission processes.


While this strategy can help manufacturers turn out new products more quickly, what happens after the emergency has passed? Vaccine acceptance rates in many countries are climbing.  If you work in our regulated industry, how will you keep products on the market over the long term?


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What You Need to Know About the Regulatory Impact


Receiving EUA approval provides a faster way for manufacturers to put their products on the shelves, even if those products are still in the experimental phase. The regulatory impact of EUA approval during COVID-19 is that more products are receiving fast approval than ever before. That said, it’s crucial to remember that this approval is only temporary.


The government needs to declare a state of defense or public health emergency before an EUA can be issued for a product. After the emergency passes, you’ll have to go through the regulatory approval process to ensure that your product is effective and safe to use. The COVID-19 vaccine has shown high efficacy and social distancing is becoming more relaxed. You need to consider long-term portfolio strategies so your product can continue its first-to-market advantage.


Preparation for an EUA submission into the market involves maintaining a consistent pharmaceutical supply chain flow. To have a product authorized, you may need to start gathering relevant information and resources. This can include test data, labeling requirements and clinical support. Going through the full approval process will ensure that your product is fit to serve the public on a long-term basis.


About RCA® Pharmaceutical Consulting Services 


Regulatory Compliance Associates (RCA) has helped thousands of pharmaceutical companies meet regulatory, compliance, quality assurance, and remediation challenges. With more than 20 years of experience with FDA, Health Canada, EU and global regulatory agencies worldwide, Regulatory Compliance Associates® offers leading pharmaceutical consultants. We’re one of the few pharma consulting companies that can help you navigate the challenges associated with industry regulations.


Our pharmaceutical consulting firm includes over 500 seasoned FDA, Health Canada & EU compliance consultants and regulatory affairs experts who understand industry complexities. It’s a pharma consultancy founded by regulatory compliance executives from the pharmaceutical industry. Every pharmaceutical industry consultant on the Regulatory Compliance Associates team knows the unique inner workings of the regulatory process. 


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Whether you’re in the product planning, development or pharmaceutical lifecycle management stage or need a remediation strategy for a compliance crisis, Regulatory Compliance Associates will guide you through every pharmaceutical consulting step of the regulatory process. Our pharmaceutical consulting Experts will create a customized approach depending on your product and company’s individual needs. Our regulatory compliance clients include:


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As your partner, we can negotiate the potential assessment minefield of regulatory compliance services with insight, hindsight, and the clear advantage of our breadth and depth of knowledge and regulatory compliance consulting. We offer the following pharma consulting regulatory affairs services for pharmaceutical companies.


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The regulations process surrounding pharmaceutical companies can be tricky for even the most experienced industry veteran to understand. Just one misstep could mean significant and lasting consequences for your business. At Regulatory Compliance Associates, we offer the pharma consulting experience and pharma consultants necessary to guide you through the quality compliance process.


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Regulatory Compliance Associates has a proven remediation services approach to managing FDA Warning Letters, Consent Decrees, Remediation and other serious regulatory situations. Our pharma consultants know how to partner with executive, legal, and communication teams. Each RCA pharma consulting Expert will develop a response that will be accepted by the regulatory agency and be realistic to execute.


Regulatory Compliance Associates pharma regulatory consultants will develop a comprehensive proof book of documented evidence demonstrating the corrective action taken to remediate non-compliant issues. In addition, each Regulatory Compliance Associates pharma consulting Expert understands compliance enforcement. We’ll prepare a comprehensive pharma consulting strategy to assist in your remediation efforts, drive continuous improvement, and maintain regulatory compliance with the regulations.


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EUA consultingRegulatory Compliance Associates® (RCA) provides pharmaceutical consulting to the following industries for resolution of life science challenges:



We understand the complexities of running a life science business and possess areas of expertise that include every facet of R&D, operations, regulatory affairs, quality, and manufacturing. We are used to working on the front lines and thriving in the scrutiny of FDA, Health Canada, MHRA and globally-regulated companies.


As your partners, Regulatory Compliance Associates can negotiate the potential minefield of regulatory compliance and regulatory due diligence with insight, hindsight, and the clear advantage of our unique expertise and experience.


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Sotera Health Company, along with its three best-in-class businesses – Sterigenics®Nordion® and Nelson Labs®, is a leading global provider of mission-critical end-to-end sterilization solutions and lab testing and advisory services for the healthcare industry. With a combined tenure across our businesses of nearly 200 years and our industry-recognized scientific and technological expertise, we help to ensure the safety of over 190 million patients and healthcare practitioners around the world every year.


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