The Office of Pharmaceutical Quality (OPQ) was established in 2015 within the FDA as part of the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER). The aim was to ensure the quality of medicinal products throughout their entire lifecycle, from development to commercialisation. Now, the FDA's OPQ has reviewed the year 2018 and published a 13-page report.
Following the Q&As on what data is required for sterilization processes of primary packaging materials published in 2016, the EMA recently released the new Guideline on the sterilization of the medicinal product, active substance, excipient and primary container.
In March, the American authority FDA issued a Warning Letter to a US pharmaceutical manufacturer due to numerous violations of GMP. Among other things, inadequate cleaning of the equipment, errors in the stability studies as well as in contamination control were found.
There is currently a growing interest in the development of therapies derived from cannabis and its components.The FDA recently announced to form an internal agency working group to explore potential pathways for dietary supplements and/or conventional foods containing CBD.
FDA's regulations regarding cleaning validation are now relatively old. A GUIDE TO INSPECTIONS VALIDATION OF CLEANING PROCESSES dates back to the early 90s. In this context, Warning Letters show the "current thinking" of the FDA.
The FDA provided additional guidance on risk-based monitoring for effective oversight, including Data Integrity. Read more on FDA`s draft Guidance for Industry A Risk-Based Approach to Monitoring of Clinical Investigations: Questions and Answers.
During its 162th session, the European Pharmacopoeia Commission published the revised guideline "Guide for the elaboration and use of monographs on vaccines and immunosera for human use", which helps experts and interested parties in this field to prepare and interpret the monographs.
What are FDA's plans concerning new guidelines for calendar year 2019? The Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) has provided an answer to that question in its list of planned guidelines and/or guidelines to be revised.