With the Mutual Recognition Agreement between Europe and the USA, inspections are to be mutually recognised in the future. The FDA's approval of the EU Member States proceeds successively. Two more countries have recently been approved.
The topic data integrity generates a multitude of questions. Current questions are answered in a loose sequence of News. Question 3: What agreements need to be included in contracts with cloud service providers in order to ensure data integrity?
The BfArM has awarded the first contracts for the cultivation of medicinal Cannabis in Germany to two manufacturers. This means that the cultivation of pharmaceutical quality Cannabis in Germany can now commence.
The FDA has recently issued another Warning Letter to an US pharmaceutical manufacturer describing serious GMP deficiencies. This concerns among others the water system, the QC laboratory and quality assurance.
The Office of Pharmaceutical Quality (OPQ) was established in 2015 within the FDA as part of the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER). The aim was to ensure the quality of medicinal products throughout their entire lifecycle, from development to commercialisation. Now, the FDA's OPQ has reviewed the year 2018 and published a 13-page report.
Following the Q&As on what data is required for sterilization processes of primary packaging materials published in 2016, the EMA recently released the new Guideline on the sterilization of the medicinal product, active substance, excipient and primary container.
In March, the American authority FDA issued a Warning Letter to a US pharmaceutical manufacturer due to numerous violations of GMP. Among other things, inadequate cleaning of the equipment, errors in the stability studies as well as in contamination control were found.
There is currently a growing interest in the development of therapies derived from cannabis and its components.The FDA recently announced to form an internal agency working group to explore potential pathways for dietary supplements and/or conventional foods containing CBD.
FDA's regulations regarding cleaning validation are now relatively old. A GUIDE TO INSPECTIONS VALIDATION OF CLEANING PROCESSES dates back to the early 90s. In this context, Warning Letters show the "current thinking" of the FDA.
The FDA provided additional guidance on risk-based monitoring for effective oversight, including Data Integrity. Read more on FDA`s draft Guidance for Industry A Risk-Based Approach to Monitoring of Clinical Investigations: Questions and Answers.