GMP NEWS 2023

Recommendations of Notified Bodies on Hybrid Audits in the Medical Device Sector

In a 3.5 pages position paper, Notified Bodies have presented their views on hybrid audits of medical device and IVD manufacturers. What does it say?

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Update of the EMA Q&As on GDP Requirements

Is it acceptable that storage conditions are not monitored for medicinal products which do not have any predefined storage conditions on the outer packaging? This is one of three new questions answered by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) on its website. The other two questions relate to the activities of brokers with parties outside the EEA.

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What are the Requirements for Premises and Storage Facilities?

Wholesale distributors must have suitable and adequate premises and storage facilities. But what are actually the specific requirements according to the EU GDP Guidelines?

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FDA Warning Letter due to Inadequate Storage Conditions and Repacking/Relabeling Operations

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has published a Warning Letter to a drug repackaging and relabeling facility located in Pennsylvania. The document summarizes significant deviations from current Good Manufacturing Practice (CGMP) for Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (APIs). It also addresses Good Distribution Practice (GDP) aspects.

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GDP in the US: FDA warns Company for Violation of Drug Supply Chain Security Act

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has published a so-called untitled letter to a US company. The FDA states that the firm violated the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA). Specifically, the letter concerns a former subsidiary of the company that was a licensed pharmacy and wholesale drug distributor.

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The GDP Non-Compliance Reports of 2022 - An Overview

If the outcome of an inspection is that the wholesale distributor does not comply with Good Distribution Practice (GDP), a statement of non-compliance may be entered into EudraGMDP. We have prepared an overview of the GDP Non-Compliance Reports published in 2022 and the respective reasons for issuing these reports.

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FDA publishes Lists of planned Medical Device Guidances 2023

In October 2022, the Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) published a list of new guidances planned for fiscal year 2023 (1 October 2022 - 30 September 2023), as well as older guidances to be reviewed for topicality. What is planned?

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ICH Q13: Final Version of Guideline for Continuous Manufacturing published

Already in 2018, the ICH had started working on a Guideline entitled "CONTINUOUS MANUFACTURING OF DRUG SUBSTANCES AND DRUG PRODUCTS - Q13". A draft was published in mid-2021. Now ICH has approved the final version.

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Risk Analyses do not always help - Example of Cross-Contamination

With ICH Q9 Quality Risk Management becoming effective, risk analyses have become the "magic word" in the GMP environment. But risk analyses do not always help. An example of this can be found in an FDA Warning Letter on the subject of cross-contamination.

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ICH M10 Guideline on Bioanalytical Method Validation and Study Sample Analysis

The EMA published an updated Q&A document regarding the new ICH M10 guideline on Bioanalytical Method Validation and Study Sample Analysis. The document became effective on 21 January 2023.

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Revision of USP Chapter <1236> Solubility Measurements Published for Comments

In the Pharmacopeial Forum, PF 49(1), a proposal for a revised USP General Chapter <1236> Solubility Measurements was published. Based on comments received, some revisions were made in addition to those proposed in PF 48(2).

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Australia Amended its Cannabis Regulation regarding GMP Requirements

Australia´s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), which regulates Medicinal Cannabis in Australia, has put out its latest Compilation regarding the production and import regulations (TGO 93). As of July 2023, all imported medicinal cannabis products released for supply in Australia will have to present evidence to be produced under GMP.

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USP: Possibility to Comment on the "Residual Solvents" Chapter

As recently reported, the "ICH guideline Q3C (R8) on impurities: guideline for residual solvents)" has been updated and can be consulted on the ICH website under the section "Quality Guidelines". As a result, the USP chapter "<467> Residual Solvents" has now been revised and published for comment on the USP Pharmacopeial Forum website.

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EMA/CMDh: Update of the Q&A Document on Nitrosamines

The Q&A document "Questions and answers for marketing authorisation holders/applicants on the CHMP Opinion for the Article 5(3) of Regulation (EC) No 726/2004 referral on nitrosamine impurities in human medicinal products", which was jointly prepared by the EMA and the CMDh, has been updated and the latest version published on the EMA website.

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FDA: Updated ANDA PFC Document Published for Comment

In December 2022, the US-American FDA published the draft of the so-called document entitled "ANDAs: Pre-Submission Facility Correspondence Related to Prioritized Generic Drug Submissions" for comment. This is the second revision of the guidance document, which has been in place since 2017. It is now open for comment until 07 March 2023.

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EMA: IRIS Guides Revised Again

The "IRIS guide to registration and RPIs" was updated again between the end of November and mid-December 2022. The "IRIS guide for applicants" has also been revised and is now valid as version 2.13. The latest versions of both documents are available on the EMA website.

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CMDh: Q&A Document on ASMF Updated

The CMDh, CMDv and EMA Q&A document "Q&A on Active Substance master file (ASMF)", last revised in March 2022, has been updated again and published on the HMA (Heads of Medicines Agencies) website in the CMDh section.

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EMA revises Q&A Documents on the Topic of "Centralised Procedures"

In December 2022, the "Questions & Answers (Q&A)" documents relating to centralised marketing authorisation procedures were again revised and published on the website of the European Medicines Agency (EMA). The Q&A catalogues, which can be used by marketing authorisation holders and applicants of centralised procedures, provide answers to possible questions at the different stages of the centralised marketing authorisation application process.

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USP-NF Stimuli Article on Quality by Design (QbD) Principles in Method Development

In the Pharmacopeial Forum, PF 49(1), a stimuli article entitled "A Novel Approach Using Quality by Design to Develop and Implement Flexible Methods in Non-Application Over-the-Counter Monographs" was published.

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