Due to the new EU Regulation on Medical Devices (2017/745) and failed negotiations between Switzerland and the EU, the corresponding Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA) will become obsolete. This has far-reaching consequences.
The European Commission has published Version 18b of the "Questions & Answers" on safety features. In particular the update took into account the new ISO standard for Packaging Tamper verification features.
A revised version of Ph. Eur. Chapter 2.8.2 Foreign Matter is available. It clarifies the requirements for other foreign matter like moulds and animal contamination and any other unwanted matter (e.g. glass, metal, plastic).
The Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has published a guidance on the management of so-called GMP compliance signals for domestic and foreign manufacturers of medicinal products and biological products.
The US FDA recently issued a draft guidance to help manufacturers implement ICH Q12 by explaining how to submit ECs. In addition, the agency provides general guidance about the elements that are considered ECs for the device constituent part of combination products.
In the current Pharmaceutical Forum PF 47(3), a Stimuli article describes the weaknesses in the current specifications for testing parenterals for particles and how these could be addressed in a new USP chapter.
A global healthcare company is voluntarily recalling 1,468 product samples from the U.S. market because they were stored at temperatures below storage requirements. The products affected are used to lower blood glucose levels in people with diabetes. The recall is being conducted with the knowledge of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
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 4 deals with questions related to documentation.
The latest version of the "REPORT ON THE RISK OF POTENTIAL PRESENCE OF NITROSAMINE IMPURITIES" has been available on the APIC website since April 2021. The questionnaire is to be seen as a summary report and can be used to document the results of the risk assessments with regard to contamination by nitrosamines in APIs.
The FDA adopted the ICH Q12 Guideline for post-approval change management. The guideline is intended to complement the existing ICH Q8 to Q11 Guidelines. It is composed of a Core Guideline and two Annexes with practical examples for ECs and PACMPs.
After the publication of the Guidance for "Remote Interactive Evaluations", FDA has updated its "Manufacturing, Supply Chain, and Drug and Biological Product Inspections During COVID-19 Public Health Emergency Questions and Answers Guidance for Industry" with some further clarifications.
The ICH has published a draft version of the updated principles that are currently under development by the ICH E6(R3) EWG. Amongst others, the updated version includes revised and expanded principles regarding GMP for IMPs.