British Regulatory Authority MHRA criticises Cross Contamination Issue

The publication of EMA's "Guideline on setting health based exposure limits for use in risk identification in the manufacture of different medicinal products in shared facilities" and the related Q&A documents have given the topic cross contamination a greater importance.


Safety Features: EU Commission issues Version 12 of Q&As

The European Commission has reviewed their list of questions and answers regarding safety features and issued it as version 12. Find out what changed in the Q&As on safety features.


Warning Letter for Korean Manufacturer due to Poor Sterile Practices

As a result of repeated deviations in the area of aseptic manufacturing, a Korean manufacturer has received a Warning Letter from the FDA.


New Ph. Eur Monograph on PAT adopted

The European Pharmacopoeia (Ph. Eur.) Commission adopted 16 new texts including the general chapter on PAT - Process analytical technology (5.25).


New Ph. Eur. Structure of Chapter 3 on Materials and Containers

The Ph. Eur. Commission decided to restructure Ph. Eur. Section 3 on materials and containers. A new Subsection 3.3. has been added to cover items that are classified as medical devices according to EU legislation. Read more about 3.3. Containers for human blood and blood components, and materials used in their manufacture; transfusion sets and materials used in their manufacture; syringes.


Revision of EMA's Guideline on the Use of Pharmaceutical Water

In the course of the revision of the European Pharmacopoeia which allows the production of WFI with other methods than distillation, the revision of EMA's "Guideline on the quality of water for pharmaceutical use" has become necessary.


GDP Association updates Code of Practice for the Responsible Person for GDP

The Code of Practice "The Responsible Person for GDP" has been revised. The new Version 2 has just beed issued for members of the European GDP Association.


Poor GMP/GDP Practice found in US Warehouse

In a warehouse in Arkansas, USA, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) found "alarming" insanitary conditions.


New ICH Topic M11 CeSHarP

A new ICH topic was endorsed by the ICH Management Committee in November 2018. Read more about the proposed new ICH M11 guideline Clinical electronic Structured Harmonized Protocol (CeSHarP).


FDA allows greater flexibility for clinical investigators about informed consent

The FDA proposes to allow greater flexibility for clinical investigators about informed consent in minimal risk situations. Read more about Institutional Review Board Waiver or Alteration of Informed Consent for Minimal Risk Clinical Investigations.


Dose Escalation - is it GCP compliant?

On the MHRA Inspectorate blog a new post has just been published emphasizing that according to GCP dose escalation practices should be the same regardless of whether a clinical trial involves healthy volunteers or patients. Read more about "Dose Escalation - is it GCP compliant?"


New ICH Topic Q14 and Revision of Q2

A new ICH topic was endorsed by the ICH Management Committee in November 2018. Read more about the proposed new ICH Q14 guideline Analytical Procedure Development and the revision of Q2(R1) Analytical Validation.


PIC/S gives ECA the Opportunity to comment on PI 041-1 (Draft 3) - Data Integrity

The Pharmaceutical Inspection Co-operation Scheme as international association of pharmaceutical inspectors is currently elaborating a document on data integrity. This document was published for comment on 30 November 2018. Among others, the ECA Foundation has been given the opportunity by the PICS to comment on this third draft by 28 February 2019. Read more about the new draft 3 of PI 041-1 "Good Practices for Data Management and Data Integrity in regulated GMP/GDP Environments".


British Authority MHRA provides Interpretation on Cleaning Validation

With the introduction of the Permitted Daily Exposure (PDE) values in conjunction with questions on cross contamination and on cleaning validation, the EMA began a new chapter a few years ago. This is a complex issue and it caused uncertainty within the industry. Insofar, the EMA brought a subsequent Q&A document. This is being interpreted by the British Regulatory Authority MHRA with regard to inspection results.


Qualification of Identical Pieces of Equipment: is a Bracketing Approach acceptable?

Again and again, the question arises as to whether a bracketing approach - i.e. selective skipping of individuals tests - may be used for the qualification of identical pieces of equipment. Can the answer to the question whether or not to skip individual tests be found in Part IV of the EU GMP Guide?


MRA: FDA accepts four new States

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it accepted four new states, which will now benefit from the EU-US Mutual Recognition Agreement MRA.


Classification of GMP Deficiencies - A new Guideline of the PIC/S

Following the committee meeting at the end of September 2018, the PIC/S working group had elaborated a new guideline on the classification of GMP deficiencies which is going to be adopted.


Brexit: EMA to focus on Medicines Evaluation and Supervision

End of September the EMA together with the European Commission organised a meeting with industry stakeholders to discuss the UK's withdrawal from the European Union ("Brexit"). Now the report of the EMA-Industry stakeholder meeting was published.


Non-Compliance Report due to Deficiencies in Documentation Management and Cleaning Validation

The first inspection of an Indian pharmaceutical company ended with the worst imaginable result. Read more about the GMP violations found by the European inspectors with regard to documentation management, cleaning and process validation, as well as further violations of GMP basic requirements.


A global Approach to Classification of GMP Deficiencies?

PIC/S adopted a new Guidance on Classification of GMP Deficiencies. It supports the global harmonisation of the classification of GMP deficiencies.


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