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  Post Number #1  
Old 1st February 2006, 10:57 AM

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Question Legal and Regulatory Requirements - Differences

Is there a difference between legal and regulatory requirements?

If yes, can someone provide me a clear definition of each?



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Old 1st February 2006, 11:00 AM
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Have a look at this thread: Please define statutory and legal requirements
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Old 1st February 2006, 02:27 PM
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Look! Legal and Regulatory

Law is defined as: Main Entry: 1law
Pronunciation: 'lo
Function: noun
Etymology: Middle English, from Old English lagu, of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse log law; akin to Old English licgan to lie -- more at LIE
1 a (1) : a binding custom or practice of a community : a rule of conduct or action prescribed or formally recognized as binding or enforced by a controlling authority (2) : the whole body of such customs, practices, or rules

Regulation is defined as:Main Entry: 1reg·u·la·tion
Pronunciation: "re-gy&-'lA-sh&n, "re-g&-
Function: noun
1 : the act of regulating : the state of being regulated
2 a : an authoritative rule dealing with details or procedure <safety regulations> b : a rule or order issued by an executive authority or regulatory agency of a government and having the force of law
3 a : the process of redistributing material (as in an embryo) to restore a damaged or lost part independent of new tissue growth b : the mechanism by which an early embryo maintains normal development
synonym see LAW

Therefore, they are synonyms of each other and usually used interchangably..
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Old 1st February 2006, 04:47 PM

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Laws vs Reglations

Laws are usually more general or less specific than regulations. An example in the U.S. is the Clean Water Act (a law); the regulations that implement the Clean Water Act are those in Title 40 of the CFR (Code of Federal Regulations). In some cases individual Federal agencies have their own regulations that dictate how they implement the Act. State laws and regulations pretty much work the same way; in some cases the State law implements a Federal law; in other cases there is no comparable Federal law.

A more detailed discussion can be found at: http://www.epa.gov/epahome/lawintro.htm
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Old 1st February 2006, 06:40 PM
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Good discussion, and I liked BSmith's answer very much.
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Old 22nd January 2014, 02:25 AM

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Re: Is there a difference between legal and regulatory requirements?

Many people are confused about the difference between laws and regulations. Laws and regulations are rules. But, they differ in how they came into being. The difference between laws and regulations is:

Laws are enacted by a governing body, in the U.S. an elected governing body called Congress. Similar elected bodies enact laws in other countries. Enacted laws are enforceable in court. The Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (FD&CA)is an example of an enacted law.

Regulations are laws made by agencies. Agency-made laws are called regulations. As with enacted laws, agency-made laws, regulations, are enforceable in court. Regulations made by the FDA are examples of agency-made law.

Enacted laws and agency-made laws, which are called regulations, are similar in that they state legal requirements and are enforceable in court. Regulations are limited in this way:

An agency can create regulations only if an enacted law authorizes it to do so. A law authorizing an agency to make regulations is called a “Rules Enabling Statute.” (A statute is an enacted law that has been given a number and published in an official book of statutes, or “codified.”) An agency can create regulations only to implement or enforce the enacted law.

A section of the enacted law, FD&CA, authorized the creation of the FDA, and authorized the agency to make regulations to carry out the FD&CA. FDA cannot in its own discretion broaden, or narrow, the FD&CA.

In contrast to regulations, FDA guidelines are not laws, and are not in themselves enforceable in court. Similarly, standards, which are collective works setting forth specifications and methods for achieving them, by organizations having interest and expertise in the subject area, are not in themselves, legally enforceable. Sometimes, however, a standard is “incorporated by reference” into an enacted law or regulation thereby making that standard a part of the law.

A common mistake in the medical device world is where people fail to recognize the distinction between regulations, which state legally enforceable requirements, and other types of authority, such as guidelines and standards, or internal procedures, which are useful for establishing norms and procedures, but do not state the legal requirement.

I am a regulatory and compliance lawyer and a scientist. Lawyers are the professional group with the training and qualifications to interpret rules, like enacted laws and regulations, and evaluate how well an organization’s procedures and practices meet the legal requirements.

In contrast, scientists, physicians, engineers, and other technicians have the special skills to design and execute protocols and procedures. Some technical people have the skills to design procedures and test plans to demonstrate that the technology performs, or is likely to perform, as intended and designed. While different from legal/regulatory interpretation, the skills to develop and execute a test plan to demonstrate that a device does, and will continue to, do what you intended it to do, are critical to medical device development.

Regards, Fransus

Last edited by Fransus; 22nd January 2014 at 02:46 AM. Reason: formatting
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Old 22nd January 2014, 02:43 AM
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Re: Is there a difference between legal and regulatory requirements?

Very good answer Fransus, but if you'll check you're in a discussion that pretty much ended 8 years ago.

For the sake of this discussion within the context of ISO 9001 the answer is pretty much NO, there is no difference unless you'd like to consider contract requirements as "legal".
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Old 22nd January 2014, 08:16 AM
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Re: Legal and Regulatory Requirements - Differences

Welcome to the Cove, Fransus and a great start

Your clarification on the subject is great !

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