The Food and Drug Omnibus Reform Act (FDORA) authorized FDA to conduct remote device facility inspections. While it will take time for the FDA to take the necessary steps to start performing remote inspections, industry can look to remote regulatory assessments as a potential model.
Audits for medical device companies and other organizations in the medtech space used to be primarily in person. However, the pandemic magnified flaws in the global regulatory process. A shift to remote audits may be the key to interorganizational and international regulatory harmonization moving forward.