Many of the requirements laid down in the US-American GMP regulations (21 CFR 210/211) are not very specific. However, they are concretized among other things by Guidances - and by Warning Letters. Warning Letters in particular show very clearly how the FDA interprets its GMP regulations. A current Warning Letter provides information on the tasks of the Quality Assurance Unit.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) pays close attention to what is inside hand sanitizer products imported into the United States. Recently, a product labeled as containing 75% ethanol, but in fact contained only 58%, was detained and refused admission at the border. As a consequence, the Chinese manufacturer received a Warning Letter.
Extracts or isolates containing Cannabidiol are used in cosmetics and food supplements supplied to the UK market. One question still remains: How to interprete the 1 mg UK limit for controlled cannabinoids?
According to the USP no microbiological testing of low water activity pharmaceutical products may be needed after a comprehensive risk assessment. The USP therefore revised the general chapter <1112> Role of Water Activity in Microbial Risk Assessment of Nonsterile Pharmaceutical Products.
In December, the FDA updated its guidance on bacterial safety strategies for platelets and platelet preparations, particularly in light of the current implementation difficulties faced by facilities under pandemic conditions.
The EU demands to reduce animal testing or to avoid it altogether wherever possible. The pyrogen test on rabbits is therefore being replaced by MAT as an alternative in the EU. But how long has this taken and where is the journey going for alternative test systems in microbiology? A short review and outlook can be found here.
When does EU GMP Guide Part II apply to the manufacture of herbal extracts? A new EMA Q&A document on GMP for herbal extracts used as active substances in herbal medicinal products gives the answer to this question.
The "Q&A" document for centralised marketing authorisation procedures, focusing on questions and answers on topics that marketing authorisation holders should consider after obtaining a marketing authorisation, was revised again and published on the EMA website in February.
Pragmatic procedures are currently required to ensure the flexibility needed to maintain the integrity of clinical trials during the COVID-19 pandemic. The updated guidance on management of clinical trials during COVID-19 includes adapted approaches for IMP supply and details on remote source data verification.
Wholesalers must ensure that their Quality Management Systems (QMS) is aligned with the GDP requirements. Otherwise, this can lead to a GDP Non-Compliance Report, as a recent example entered into the EudraGMDP database by the Romanian authority shows.
What are the FDA's plans regarding new guidances for the calendar year 2021? An answer to this question is provided by the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) in their list of planned and / or to be revised guidance documents. On five pages, comprising 18 individual categories, these documents are presented.
In October 2020, the ECA Academy offered the Live Online Training "The GDP Compliance Manager". During the Q&A sessions, many interesting questions were posed to the speakers' team. The ECA would like to share a selection of these Q&As sorted by topic. Part 1 deals with questions related to GDP training.
The competent authority of Czechia has entered a new GPD Non-Compliance Report into the EudraGMDP database due to the fact that a Czech wholesale distributor does not provide approved storage facilities.
As a complement to the many guidances and documents on the development and manufacture of products from human cells and tissues, the FDA also provides an overview of strategies and approved tests for microbiological testing of donors of cells and tissues.