EC Commission Publishes the Restructured EU-GMP Guide!

GMP News No. 629

GMP News
25 October 2005
 

EC Commission Publishes the Restructured EU-GMP Guide!

 
On 10 October 2005, the Enterprise and Industry Directorate-General of the EC Commission published the restructured EU-GMP Guideline. This restructuring is a consequence of the requirements from the Directives 2004/27/EC and 2004/28/EC referring to medicinal products for human and veterinary use (see our detailed GMP News No. 572 of 4 July 2005). These guidelines require that only those APIs be used as starting materials that have been manufactured in compliance with the detailed GMP guidelines for starting materials. Besides, the document lays down that the basic principles of a Good Manufacturing Practice for APIs will be passed in the form of comprehensive guidelines.

According to these requirements, the EU-GMP Guide was divided into two parts:

  • Part I: Basic Requirements for Medicinal Products
  • Part II: Basic Requirements for Active Substances Used as Starting Materials

As in the past, Part I contains the chapters 1 to 9 ("Quality Management" to "Self Inspection").

The contents of Part II are identical with those of the former Annex 18 ("Good manufacturing practice for active pharmaceutical ingredients"); only the introduction has been changed. However, the scope has been extended: it refers to APIs for the manufacture of drug products for human use and for veterinary use.

Within the framework of this revision, Annex 1 through 17 will also be revised, i.e. regulatory gaps will be bridged, and overlaps with each other, removed. However, up till now, no revised texts have been published. A corresponding "concept paper" by the EC's Ad hoc GMP Inspection Service Group, which was published for commenting in May this year, contains suggestions for changes in Annexes 2 (biologic products), 3 (radioactive drugs), 6 (medical gases) and 7 (herbal medicinal products). The deadline for comments was at the end of August so that we will not see any revised annexes too soon.

At the same time as the revised GMP Guide, the EC Commission published the accordingly changed "Introduction to the GMP Guide".

In parallel with the restructuring of the EC GMP Guide with the stress on the GMP Guide for active pharmaceutical ingredients, the German legislative body published a draft for the pharmaceutical and API ordinance. Other European countries, too, will transpose the directive to use solely GMP-compliant APIs as starting materials into national legislation. The deadline for this procedure is 30 October 2005.
  

If you are dealing with active pharmaceutical ingredients, we recommend you the following GMP Education Courses:
 
Author:
Dr Gerhard Becker
CONCEPT HEIDELBERG
 

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