European Commission Releases New GMP Guide Annex 2 for Biologics for Consultation

GMP News
9 October 2007
 

European Commission Releases New GMP Guide Annex 2 for Biologics for Consultation

 
An up-dated draft version of Annex 2 was published recently.

With this new document the European Commission pays tribute to significant developments in the field of biologics during the last years:

  • the introduction of GMP for active substances used as starting materials (Part II of the EU-GMP Guide)

  • the increasing range of biological products

  • the implementation of the new regulations on advanced therapies including gene therapy, somatic cell therapy medicinal products, tissue engineered products.

This short list is reason why the document grew from 5 to 24 pages.

On the other hand you may ask the question if this approach to cover the complete heterogeneous group of biological products in one single document can be successful.

The new annex 2 has been divided into two main chapters:

Chapter A describes general GMP requirements which have to be applied to all biological products. In its structure this part of the document is very similar to the current annex 2. But many of the demands are described in more detail and new requirements have been added.

Chapter B contains guidance on individual product classes (monoclonal antibody products, somatic and xenogenic cell therapy prodcuts, vaccines ...).
Surprisingly the text for tissue engineered products is missing - a class of biologicals with impressing advancements during the last couple of years.

Due to the complexity of the comprehensive project the European Commission allows a remarkably long period for consultation until March 14, 2008.

The reading of the new annex is strongly recommended to all who are involved in the development, production or quality control of biological products - especially to those colleagues who are engaged in advanced therapies.

Please use this opportunity to forward your comments and suggestions to the European Commissions - ether directly or via those organisations that represent your interests. You have the unique chance to influence those requirements that will have a direct impact on you.

You will find the new draft Annex 2 to the EU-GMP Guide at http://ec.europa.eu/enterprise/pharmaceuticals/pharmacos/docs/doc2007/2007_09/
gmp_annex_2_consultation_2007_09_03.pdf
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APIC/CEFIC and the ECA announced the new date for the ICH Q7 Week. The training course "ICH Q7 Compliance for APIs Manufactured by Cell Culture/Fermentation" will concentrate on biopharmaceutical APIs. It will take place from 25-27 February 2008 in Berlin, Germany. For detailed information please visit www.ichq7a-week.org.


Author:
Dr Ulrich Herber
On behalf of the European Compliance Academy (ECA)
 

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