The UK Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) is launching a sensible and likely workable approach to resuming domestic inspections - a combination of distant and on-site inspections.
The MHRA recently published inspection findings in the conduct of post-authorization safety studies (PASS). In particular, the agency observed significant breaches of the study protocol for the MAHs non-interventional PASS during inspection at a study site.
The European Commission published an updated Version 3 of the Questions & Answers relating to the Clinical Trials Regulation. Amongst others, the new version covers the classification of changes to ongoing clinical trials.
The MHRA GCP inspectorate has continued to see non-compliance in reference safety information in clinical trials. In particular, the agency is still seeing unreported SUSARs and absence of adequate risk mitigation measures due to incorrect use of the RSI.
In a final assessment report, the CHMP has published recommendations for marketing authorisation holders of medicinal products containing sartan. Read more here about the requirements for limit values of nitrosamine impurities and for risk assessments, as well as the deadlines to be met.
The German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment has issued a new statement recommending that the assessment of hemp-based food products be based on the EFSA-derived acute reference dose of 1 microgram Δ9-THC/kg body weight.
The MHRA GVP inspectorate recently published their latest inspection metrics for the period from April 2019 to March 2020. The highest number of all findings in the reporting period related to risk management followed by quality management systems.
The Higher Regional Court (OLG) of Hamburg has decided, in the context of proceedings aimed at the issuance of an interim injunction against a wholesaler, that medical cannabis (cannabis flowers) is not (yet) a medicinal product at the wholesale level.
COVID-19 injectable products may need some changes to the primary packaging components (e.g., glass vials and stoppers) due to supply chain issues affecting their availability. Therefore, the FDA has issued a new guidance with recommendations for the appropriate reporting category and the content of postapproval change submissions.
In the FDA Guidance for Industry on process validation, there is also a short section on concurrent validation. Concurrent validation should be used rarely, but may be possible if, for example, products are manufactured infrequently or medically necessary products are needed for short-term market supply. A recent Warning Letter underlines the guideline's statement that concurrent validation should be used rarely.
In February 2021, the WHO published the new Guideline "GOOD MANUFACTURING PRACTICES FOR MEDICAL GASES" on the manufacture, testing, storage and distribution of medical gases for comment. The reason for the WHO to create this new guideline is the increased demand for oxygen for ventilation due to the Corona pandemic.
The new variants of SARS-CoV-2 are now occupying the minds of scientists around the world. The FDA is responding with a series of updated guidelines and recommendations for developers and manufacturers of vaccine tests and therapeutics.
The Federal Administrative Court of Germany (Bundesverwaltungsgericht - BVerwG) has dealt with the question of what requirements are to be placed on the expertise of the Responsible Person for GDP. In a recently published judgment, the court has clarified that knowledge of pharmacy comparable to that taught in a pharmaceutical (vocational) training is not required. Rather, the knowledge can also be gained through practical experience.
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 2 deals with questions related to the role of the Responsible Person for GDP.
In December, the FDA updated its guidance on bacterial safety strategies for platelets and platelet preparations, particularly in light of the current implementation difficulties faced by facilities under pandemic conditions.
Version 14 of the "How to do" Document - Interpretation of the ICH Q7 Guide and "Review form" for APIs, which has been available since the beginning of the year, mainly includes additions and updates in the chapters 11, 15 and 16. The How to do document is intended to facilitate the implementation of the ICH Q7 Guide and lists recommendations on how to interpret it.