GMP NEWS 2021

Questions and Answers on Labelling Flexibilities for COVID-19 Vaccines

The EMA published an updated version of the Q&A document relating to labelling flexibilities for COVID-19 vaccines. Can a QR code replace the printed expiry date?

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FDA publishes Draft Guidance on Visual Inspection of Parenterals

It has been known for some time that the US FDA is working on its own guide on the visual inspection of parenterals. Now the draft has been published as a 15-page document.

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APIC: Update of the ICH Q7 "How to do" Document

The latest version (version 15) of the "How to do" document - Interpretation of ICH Q7 Guide and "Review form" for APIs was finalised and published on the APIC website in July 2021. It is also intended to facilitate the implementation of the ICH Q7 Guideline and provides recommendations on how to interpret it.

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Change in the Board of the European GDP Association

The European GDP Association has recently announced a change in the Board. Emil Schwan moves from the Board to the Authority Advisory Board.

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COVID-19 Vaccines - Inspections under Emergency Approvals in the US

The GAO report details the number and frequency of FDA inspections of Covid-19 vaccine manufacturers and other biopharmaceutical manufacturers during the pandemic period.

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Revised IPEC GDP Audit Guide for Pharmaceutical Excipients Available to the General Public

In September 2021, the International Pharmaceutical Excipients Council Federation (IPEC Federation) announced the availability of the revised IPEC Good Distribution Practices Audit Guide for Pharmaceutical Excipients (Version 3, 2021). After the guide was initially only accessible exclusively to IPEC members for three months, the document was now made available to the general public.

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GDP Non-Compliance Report for German Wholesale Distributor: No GDP Conform Quality System and No Suitable and Adequate Premises

The competent authority of Germany (Bezirksregierung Köln) has entered a new GPD Non-Compliance Report dated 03 December 2021 into the EudraGMDP database. Due to the seriousness of the violations, the Wholesale Distributor Authorisation was revoked.

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WHO publishes Guidance on Safe Production and Quality Control of Monoclonal Antibodies

In October, the WHO published a draft revision of the Guide for the Safe Production and Quality Control of Monoclonal Antibodies. It is a continuation of the guidance documents on this topic that have already existed since 1991.

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Regenerative Medicine Advanced Therapy (RMAT)- FDA explains which products fall under "RMAT"

By providing clarification on the designation "Regenerative Medicine Advanced Therapy" , the FDA is providing more clarity on which products may fall in this classification.

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GDP for Veterinary Medicinal Products: Implementing Regulation (EU) 2021/1248 of 29 July 2021

In August 2021, the new Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2021/1248 on measures on good distribution practice for veterinary medicinal products entered into force. Read more in the summary of the most important aspects of the new document.

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Update on ICH E6(R3) Progress

The E6(R3) EWG is currently working on ICH´s Guideline on Good Clinical Practice to address the application of GCP principles to the increasingly diverse trial types and data sources. To update international parties on the EWG’s progress ICH hosted a web conference in May. 

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Final ICH E8(R1) Guideline on General Considerations for Clinical Trials

The final ICH E8(R1) guideline reached Step 4 of the ICH Process. It provides guidance on the clinical development lifecycle, including designing quality into clinical studies. The next step in the ICH process is to implement the final guidance in ICH member countries.

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Good Lay Summary Practice

The Clinical Trials Regulation (CTR) requires in Article 37 that the sponsor of a clinical trial must submit a lay summary. The European Commission has now published a guideline on "Good Lay Summary Practice" (GLSP).

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Remote Inspections: Reflections on the global Transformation of international Inspections

The ICMRA has published a report on remote inspections with valuable advice for the pharmaceutical industry, also for its own preparation and implementation.

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Herbal Reference Standards - What are Active and Analytical Markers?

Active and analytical markers are used  for release and stability testing of herbal substances, preparations and HMPs. The EMA provides guidance on the selection of markers in a reflection paper on markers used for quantitative and qualitative analysis.

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CEPs: New IT Application of the EDQM

In October 2021, the EDQM established a new IT application for handling and managing CEP applications. This resulted in some innovations and changes, especially in the communication between the applicant and the EDQM. This in turn led to updates in the related documents and guidelines.

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HMPC starts Revision of GACP Guideline

The EMA committee adopted a concept paper for the revision of the Guideline on Good Agricultural and Collection Practice (GACP). Interested parties are invited to provide comments by 15 March 2022. 

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Dissolution Testing in Pharmaceutical Analysis (Part 2)

The dissolution test is a key test parameter for assessing the performance of solid and semi-solid dosage forms in both drug development and quality control. There are many requirements laid down in dissolution guidances and associated documents. To get an overview, take a look here

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Q&As from the EMA Webinar for Industry on Integration of EudraGMDP and OMS

At the beginning of October, we reported on important changes for entries in the EudraGMDP Database. To inform about the new developments, the EMA had organized a webinar for industry on the integration of EudraGMDP and OMS. The EMA has now published a 13-page Q&A document with 87 questions raised during that webinar.

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Stimuli Article on High-Throughput Residual Solvent Analysis Using SIFT-MS

In the Pharmacopeial Forum, PF 47(6), a Stimuli article entitled "High-Throughput Residual Solvent Analysis Using Selected Ion Flow Tube Mass Spectrometry (SIFT-MS)" was published. The Stimuli article provides evaluation and validation SIFT-MS as an alternative analytical procedure to the procedures in USP chapter <467>.

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