The webinar on semi-automated visual inspection of parenteralia on June 16, 2020 met with great interest. In addition to many basic questions regarding visual inspection, specific questions about semi-automated inspection were asked and answered during the webinar. Here you can find a short selection.
In July 2018, the ECA Analytical Quality Control Group published version one of its guideline on Analytical Procedure Lifecycle Management (APLM) in support of the development of USP <1220> and the ICH revision of Q2(R2) and the newly proposed Q14.
In the last newsletter you could already read about a new Aide-Memoire of the PIC/S for the inspection of health-based exposure limits (HBEL). At the same time, the PIC/S has published a Q&A document on HBEL and cross-contamination. What is behind this Q&A paper?
The "Good Distribution Practice for Active Substances Guidance on interpretation and implementation" has been published recently as a joint publication of the ECA Foundation's GDP Association and the Pharmaceutical Quality Group of the Chartered Quality Institute. An interactive PDF of the document is now accessible free of charge in the member's area of the European GDP Association.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a Warning Letter to a firm that manufactures and distributes OTC products. The Warning Letter summarizes significant violations of current Good Manufacturing Practice (CGMP). The company failed, amongst others, to have the proper controls in place to prevent the unauthorized manipulation of laboratory raw electronic data. Furthermore, the laboratory management could not provide an adequate explanation for several unofficial HPLC injections.
Data integrity issues remain at the focus of FDA inspections. Insufficient or missing controls to ensure the integrity of electronic test data were one of the reasons for the Warning Letter issued to the American company Stason Pharmaceuticals.
The WHO published the revised draft of its guideline "Good Manufacturing Practices: water for pharmaceutical use" already end of July. The first revised draft of the guideline was published in May 2020. The new, second version contains further changes.
The topics data integrity/audit trail generate a multitude of questions. Current questions are addressed in a loose sequence of News. Question 8: What is the procedure for devices with standard audit trail functions if only a fraction of the data is relevant for the audit trail review?
The FDA issued a new guideline entitled “Cannabis and Cannabis-Derived Compounds: Quality Considerations for Clinical Research”. The draft guidance also introduces key FDA regulatory concepts to stakeholders who may be less familiar with the FDA and the FDA’s authorities than other drug developers.
Quality Risk Management (QRM) is a fundamental requirement in the Good Distribution Practice (GDP) environment. It is applicable to a variety of activities and processes, such as temperature mapping studies, supplier qualification, deviations, and change control. In this context, a new post, entitled "A Practical example of applying Quality Risk Management in GDP - Transportation Risks", has been published in the MHRA Inspectorate blog.
The EU-GDP Guidelines require that wholesale distributors have to appoint a responsible person (RP) for GDP. A written job description of the responsible person should define their authority to take decisions with regard to their responsibilities. But what are the elements which should be covered in such a job description?
The EMA has updated the Q&As on their Good Clinical Practice (GCP) page. In particular, a new Q&A Nr. 13 clarifies the responsibilities of sponsors and investigators regarding data entered into the eCRF and PI oversight.