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New Version of the Q&As on Safety Features for Track & Trace

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.

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Ph. Eur. General Notices Chapter - New Structure and Content

The European Pharmacopoeia Commission adopted a revised version of Ph. Eur. chapter 1. General Notices to provide greater clarity for users.

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Foreign Matter in Herbal Drugs

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).

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International Inspections: TGA and the Management of GMP Compliance Signals

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.

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Herbal Drugs - What is Well-Established Use?

Herbal medicinal products can be registered via the well established use approach within the EU. But what is needed for the simplified registration and how to demonstrate well established use?

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US Implementation of ICH Q12

The US FDA recently issued a draft guidance to help manufacturers implement ICH Q12 by explaining how to submit ECs.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.

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Copies in the GMP Environment / True Copies

In the context of data integrity, copies and how to deal with them play a central role. How are copies defined, what do the regulations require and what does an inspector expect?

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The GMP Requirements for Supplier Qualification

Supplier Qualification is more than auditing. Supplier qualification can be seen as a risk assessment tool. But what are the exact requirements?

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Problems at Emergent BioSolutions Plant even worse

You can't actually believe what you read in the Form 483 that the FDA issued to the Emergent BioSolutions site in Baltimore - the site that suffered a mix-up in the manufacture of a Covid-19 vaccine.

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Medical Cannabis in Greece

Greece is currently discussing a new bill about medical cannabis products. Its purpose is to allow medical cannabis companies in Greece to produce medical cannabis and export it to Europe.

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New USP Chapter on Visual Inspection of Parenterals?

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.

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Unexpected Deviations and the Role of the QP

Did you know that EMA's Questions and Answers Section to Annex 16 further clarifies the role of the QP in the context of handling unexpected deviations?

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Recall of Product Samples from U.S. Market Due to Improper Storage Temperature Conditions

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).

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Questions & Answers on Good Distribution Practices (GDP) - Part 4

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.

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FIFO, FEFO, LIFO: What is the meaning?

FIFO, FEFO and LIFO are the three main strategies for warehouse management. But what do the three abbreviations actually stand for and what exactly do they mean?

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APIC: Update of the Template for Potential Nitrosamine Contaminations

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.

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FDA adopts ICH Q12

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.

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FDA updates Q&A Guidance on Inspections and Applications

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.

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Revision of USP <781> Optical Rotation

In the current Pharmacopeial Forum, PF 47(3), a proposal of USP Chapter <781> Optical Rotation has been published for comments.

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ALCOA+ - what does it mean?

When we talk about data and data integrity, we always talk about ALCOA+. But what is hidden behind this abbreviation and do you really understand the implications?

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ICH E6 GCP Guideline: Updated GMP for IMP Principles

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. 

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Revision of USP <831> Refractive Index

A new draft of USP Chapter <831> Refractive Index has been published for comments in the current Pharmacopeial Forum, PF 47(3).

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GMP: Are there "planned" Deviations?

One discussion we have again and again in seminars is the question of planned variations. But such terminology can lead to problems.

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What are the requirements for an eCRF?

What is an eCRF? The MHRA GCP Inspectorate recently informed about the requirements for eCRFs (electronic case report forms). In addition they listed several findings from current GCP inspections.

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MHRA establishes own GMDP Database

The UK MHRA has established a new GMDP database with information issued by the MHRA and from EudraGMDP relating to manufacturing, wholesale authorisations and certificates and non-compliance statements.

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