New Q-and-A Website on cGMP by FDA

GMP News No. 447

GMP News
6 August 2004
 

New Q-and-A Website on cGMP by FDA

 
Within the framework of FDA's cGMP Initiative, the
Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) has opened up a new questions-and-answers (Q-and-A) section on its website. It is meant to help render FDA's current cGMP interpretation more transparent. These questions and answers are classified by CDER as high as Level 2 guidance, and the section is run jointly by CDER, CBER, CVM, and ORA.

The questions and answers that have now been published deal with many aspects of chapter 21 CFR 211 "Current Good Manufacturing Practice for Finished Pharmaceuticals." They cover the following topics:

  • Organisation and Personnel
  • Buildings and Facilities
  • Equipment
  • Control of Components and Drug Product Containers and Closures
  • Production and Process Controls
  • Packaging and Labeling Control
  • Holding and Distribution
  • Laboratory Controls
  • Records and Reports
  • Returned and Salvaged Drug Products

Under "equipment" you will find e.g. the question whether built-in auto-calibration features of analytical balances fully replace external performance checks. Regarding "production and process controls" there is a discussion about non-obvious sources of contamination that can cause a positive media fill result.

Another interesting question in the field of "records and reports" is: May an internal audit report be destroyed after the corrective measures have been carried out?

Moreover, the individual answers list useful literature- and cross references. They also include the name and e-mail address of the author, who can be contacted for further information!

In this way, a number of questions and answers have already been compiled on these CDER web pages.

Unfortunately, the introduction does not explain where the questions come from and in which intervals new questions are added. This section will certainly establish itself as an important source of information for all those who work in a GMP-regulated environment. 

You will find the Q-and-A website at:
http://www.fda.gov/cder/guidance/cGMPs/default.htm.

If you are looking for interpretations of FDA's cGMP requirements on the above topics, we recommend you:
   

Equipment
Control of Components and Drug Product Containers and Closures
Production and Process Controls
Packaging and Labeling Control
Laboratory Controls
Records and Reports
 
Author:
Dr Ulrich Herber
CONCEPT HEIDELBERG
  

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