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ATMP - Critical Deficiencies during an Inspection in the Netherlands

An inspection by the Dutch authority in February revealed a number of deficiencies at a manufacturer of advanced therapy medicinal products (ATMPs). The Non Compliance Report that was published shows which of these were critical.

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GMP for Advanced Therapies (ATMP) - Many Questions and some Answers

With the development of more and more guidance documents in the field of ATMP, new questions arise. The EMA has therefore published a Q&As paper on the GMP requirements for ATMPs.

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Revision of the PIC/S Guidelines for ATMPs and Biological Medicinal Products

In order to take account of the rapid development in the field of biological medicinal products and ATMPs, the PIC/S has revised Annex 2 of its GMP Guideline and made it available for comment.

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FDA Warning Letter for Colombian API manufacturer

In April 2021, the U.S. FDA issued a Warning Letter to a Colombian API manufacturer due to significant violations of cGMP regulations for Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (APIs).

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Ph. Eur. Essential Oils: Revised Monograph and New General Chapter

The European Pharmacopoeia (Ph. Eur.) Commission, adopted the revised general monograph on Essential oils and a new chapter on Monographs on essential oils.

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EMA confirms full functionality of CTIS - on track to go live January 2022

Last week, the EMA confirmed that the clinical trial EU Portal and Database (Clinical Trial Information System (CTIS)) is now fully functional and on track to go live by 31 January 2022.

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Covid-19 Vaccine Mix-Up in the US - what's behind it?

It has been recently reported in the press that there was a mix-up in the manufacturing of the J&J Covid-19 vaccine at a contract manufacturer. Already one year before, considerable quality deficiencies were found at the site. Now the site had to stop producing for now.

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APIC: Update of the "Cleaning Validation" Guide for APIs

The new version of APIC's document "GUIDANCE ON ASPECTS OF CLEANING VALIDATION IN ACTIVE PHARMACEUTICAL INGREDIENT PLANTS" was finalised in February 2021 and is now available.

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Questions & Answers on Good Distribution Practices (GDP) - Part 3

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 3 deals with questions related to the Quality Management System (QMS).

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GDP-Non-Compliance-Report for German Wholesale Distributor

The Competent Authority of Germany (Bezirksregierung Düsseldorf) has entered a new GPD Non-Compliance Report dated into the EudraGMDP database due to serious GDP violations at a German wholesaler. The case involves trading of falsified medicinal products and storage of expired medicinal products in regular stock. Furthermore, there are doubts on the reliability of the Reponsible Person and the CEO due to an ongoing criminal procedure.

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GDP Non-Compliance Report for Romanian Wholesale Distributor

The competent authority of Romania (National Agency for Medicines and Medical Devices of Romania) has entered a new GPD Non-Compliance Report dated 15 April 2021 into the EudraGMDP database.

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FDA publishes Guidance for Remote Interactive Evaluations - but not to replace Inspections

Teleconferencing, livestreaming sessions and screen-sharing technologies will be used by the FDA in future remote evaluations- but these remote evaluations will not be considered inspections.

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No Distribution of CBD Products Allowed?

According to recent decisions of two Administrative Courts in Germany, Berlin and Hamburg, food supplements containing cannabidiol may not be marketed without further action.

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Track & Trace: Amendment of the Delegated Regulation on Safety Features

On 17 March 2021, the Delegated Regulation (EU) 2021/457 was published in the Official Journal of the European Union. It amends the Delegated Regulation 2016/161 regarding an exemption from the obligation for wholesalers to decommission the unique identifier (UI) of medicinal products exported to the UK.

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Revised Ph. Eur. Chapter 2.1.3. Ultraviolet Ray Lamps for analytical Purposes Published for Comments

A revised chapter 2.1.3. Ultraviolet ray lamps for analytical purposes was published in Pharmeuropa 33.2. Comments on the draft monograph can be submitted until 30 June 2021.

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MHRA conducted over 750 Inspections remotely

A blog of the MHRA allows interesting insights into the current inspection practice of the authority and describes advantages and disadvantages of distant assessments.

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Illegal Selling of CBD-Products: FDA Continues Issuing Warning letters

The FDA still warns companies for illegal selling Over-the-Counter CBD Products for pain relief including products listing CBD as an inactive ingredient.

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FDA Warning Letter to Mexican Manufacturer based on Review of Documents

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently published a Warning Letter to a Mexican firm whose facility is registered as a manufacturer of over-the-counter (OTC) drug products in the United States. The Warning Letter is not based on inspection findings from an onsite audit but on the review of documents that the company was required to send at the request of the FDA. The FDA found different serious deficiencies based on the submitted documents.

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Switzerland aims to Facilitate Access to Medicinal Cannabis

The Swiss Narcotics Act is to be amended. Among other things, the amendment provides that cannabis-based treatments can be prescribed directly by doctors without having to obtain an exceptional authorization from the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health. In addition, cultivation and export are to be permitted.

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Poor Documentation Practice caused U.S. FDA Warning Letter

In March 2021, the U.S. FDA issued a Warning Letter to a Chinese manufacturer of over-the-counter (OTC) drug products called "Foshan Biours Biosciences Co., Ltd." due to significant violations of cGMP regulations for finished pharmaceuticals.

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Revised Ph. Eur. Chapter 3.2.9. Rubber Closures

A general revision of Ph. Eur. Chapter 3.2.9 "Rubber Closures" has been proposed in Pharmeuropa 33.2. In particular the proposal includes changes to the sections regarding composition changes and extractable elements, functionality & fragmentation testing.

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Supplier Qualification for Packaging Material

USP´s Packaging and Distribution Joint Subcommittee posted a proposal for the development of a new General Chapter <1xxx> Supplier Qualifications.

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EMA: Revision of Q&A Documents regarding the Centralised Procedure

The latest versions of the two Q&A documents relating to the centralised procedure have each been supplemented by a question regarding the importation of finished medicinal products into the European Union.

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UK Recognition of EU/EEA Batch Testing does not end on 1 January 2023

A letter from the UK government to medicines and medical products suppliers extends the transitional phase for the recognition of EU batch tests beyond 2022.

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Rapid Revision and Implementation of Pharmacopoeial Monographs Concerning 5 Sartan Preparations

In the light of the recommendations made in CHMP's final assessment report on nitrosamine impurities in sartan preparations, the European Pharmacopoeia Commission has revised 2 general chapters and 5 API monographs in a rapid procedure. Read more here about which new requirements are specified in the updated sartan monographs.

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