The final version of Ph. Eur. 2.8.2 Foreign Matter in herbal drugs has been published in Ph. Eur. 11.1. The revised chapter clarifies that the quantitative limits for foreign matter only apply to foreign organs and foreign elements; other foreign elements should, as far as possible, be absent.
In the Pharmacopeial Forum, PF 48(5), a stimuli article entitled "Analytical Method Precision Comparisons—A Special Case" was published. It addresses a statistical strategy that has been proposed to compare method precision during the transfer of a validated analytical procedure.
Following the recently introduced new Ph. Eur. chapter 5.26 Implementation of pharmacopoeial procedures, the EDQM published some examples to provide users with practical guidance. How can the critical factors potentially affecting the analytical procedure performance be identified?
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has again found genotoxic and potentially carcinogenic impurities in hand sanitizers. In this case, it is about an American manufacturer in whose products benzene, acetaldehyde and acetal impurities were detected at unacceptable levels.
A revised general chapter 2.2.46. Chromatographic separation techniques has been published in Ph. Eur. 11.0. The implementation date is 01 January 2023. Due to numerous queries received through the EDQM HelpDesk, selected questions and answers have now been published. These complement the series of existing FAQs dealing with the European Pharmacopoeia and international harmonization.
As of early September 2022, the Stimuli Document "Analytical Instrument and System (AIS) Qualification: The Qualification Life Cycle Process" has been posted for comments on the USP Pharmacopeial Forum website.
Since the end of July, the "Concept paper on the revision of the guideline on the chemistry of active substances" of the CHMP's (Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use) Quality Working Party (QWP) is available for public comments. This document aims to clarify the need to revise and update the guideline "Guideline on the chemistry of active substances (EMA/454576/2016)".
The FDA issued a revised Q&A document on charging for investigational medicinal products (IMPs). The draft guidance responds to frequently asked questions about FDA's processes, policies and regulation regarding charging patients for investigational new drugs under certain circumstances.
The FDA addresses inquiries from stakeholders related to Good Clinical Practice on an ongoing basis and has now published responses to questions received from 2017 to 2021. One of the interesting questions asks: Is it possible to have a Remote Location ("satellite site")?
The European Commission finally adopted the revised Annex VI to the CTR as regards labelling requirements for IMPs. The amendment eliminates the obligation to include an expiry date on the primary packaging of IMPs in specific circumstances.
A proposal for USP chapter <1079.4> Temperature Mapping for the Qualification of Storage Areas has been published for comments in the Pharmacopeial Forum, PF 48(5). It will apply to every link in the supply chain, such as manufacturers, wholesale distributors and third-party logistics providers. The new chapter should be viewed in the context of the United States Pharmacopeia's (USP) efforts to build out the <1079> series of chapters on Good Storage and Distribution Practices.
The competent authority of Germany (Thuringian State Authority for Consumer Protection) has entered a new GPD Non-Compliance Report dated 21 July 2022 into the EudraGMDP database. The wholesale distribution authorisation (WDA) of the company concerned was suspended. Among other things, the authority criticized the lack of a GDP-compliant quality system.
On 12 July 2022, the competent authority of Germany (Regierungspräsidium Karlsruhe) added a new GDP Non-Compliance Report to the EudraGMDP database. The reason given is the fact that there is no responsible person.
Bracketing approaches are certainly allowed in the context of cleaning validation. First, for the products themselves, so that a "worst case" substance can be used for validation, second, for devices of the same design, the effort can be reduced by bracketing. In this way, a device can be selected. So how to define these "worst cases"? Read more here about FDA's view on this.
In July 2022, the U.S. FDA issued a Warning Letter to the U.S. American company "Jost Chemical Co." after having inspected its site in January 2022. The Warning Letter mentions the list of cGMP observations for Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (APIs).
The Brazilian Health Regulatory Agency, ANVISA, published answers to questions received during a webinar on clinical research with medicinal Cannabis held in May this year. One of the important questions addressed is: How can batch reproducibility be demonstrated?