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How to Manage Clinical Trials Transitioned to the CTR?

In order to help sponsors using the CTIS, the EMA has published a sponsor handbook. The EMA is continuously updating the CTIS Sponsor Handbook with further priority topics and a revised version 3 has now been published.

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Sponsor Responsibilities with regard to Handling and Shipping of IMPs

Following the entry into application of the CTR at the beginning of last year, the final version of the "Guideline on the responsibilities of the sponsor with regard to handling and shipping of IMPs" has been published. IMPs may not be used in a clinical trial in a member state of the European Union until the completion of the two-step procedure referred to in this guideline.

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Update on the EMA Guidance for Applicants/MAHs involved in GCP Inspections

The EMA published the revised Guidance for applicants/MAHs involved in GMP, GCP and GVP inspections coordinated by EMA. By this revision only the GCP section of the document has been amended. Amongst others it has been clarified that the reporting inspector should be contacted prior to submitting any documents.

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USP clarifies Requirements for Plastic Packaging Systems

The USP General Chapters—Packaging and Distribution Expert Committee is proposing a revision to the Scope section of chapter <661> Plastic Packaging Systems and Their Materials of Construction. The revision is published to clarify the testing expectations that are outlined in <661.1> and <661.2>.

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ICH Q3C: Corrected Version of the Guideline for Residual Solvents Published

Since the end of April 2022, the revision of the "ICH guideline Q3C (R8) on impurities: guideline for residual solvents" of the ICH can be consulted on the ICH website under the heading "Quality Guidelines". This version has now been corrected and published in the new form.

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Expert Task Force issues new Version of CCS Guideline

With the publication of the final version of the revised Annex 1 in August, the ECA Foundation's CCS Task Force got together again to update the CCS Guide based on the final Annex 1 version. The new CCS Guide version 2.0 now comprises the revision of quoted passages, the modification and insertion of individual sections and tables as well as an improved clarity and the update of the attachments.

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FDA Draft Guidance for Industry on Statistical Approaches for Assessing Bioequivalence

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has published a draft guidance for industry entitled "Statistical Approaches to Establishing Bioequivalence". When finalized, the new document will replace the previous version, which was issued in February 2001.

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Cross Contamination in Steam Steriliser at US Sterile Manufacturer

In October, the US FDA issued a Warning Letter to a US sterile manufacturer due to numerous GMP violations. The inspection, which had already taken place from March to April 2022, had revealed numerous deficiencies. The main reasons for the Warning Letter were cross contamination and microbiological contamination of products.

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GDP Non-Compliance Report: Numerous Major GDP Violations at Irish Wholesale Distributor

The Irish Health Products Regulatory Authority has added a new GDP Non-Compliance Report to the EudraGMDP database. During an inspection of a wholesale distributor, a number of major deviations from Good Distribution Practice were found, leading to an immediate suspension of the authorisation.

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Change Control for Transport Processes

Any change from design or predefined processes requires risk assessment and potential impact evaluation for both the transport process and, consequently, the product. This article discusses the importance of having a structured, compliant Change Control (CC) process in place for medicinal product manufacturers as well as for their qualified logistics vendors.

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Qualification of Suppliers - What needs to be considered?

According to the EU GDP Guidelines, wholesale distributors must obtain their supplies of medicinal products only from persons who themselves hold a wholesale distribution authorisation or a manufacturing authorisation which covers the product in question. Thus, all suppliers must be qualified in an adequate way. But what is the rationale for this point and how to implement the requirements?

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FDA Warning Letter: Data Integrity and Good Documentation Practice Failures

In November 2022, the U.S. FDA issued a Warning Letter to the U.S. American company Kari Gran Inc. after having inspected its site in July 2022. The Warning Letter mentions the list of cGMP observations for finished products.

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USP issues Chapter "Elemental Impurities-Limits" for Comments

The second revision of the ICH "Guideline for Elemental Impurities Q3D(R2)" was finalised in April 2022 and is available on the ICH website under the heading "Quality Guidelines". As a result of this revision, the chapter "<232> Elemental Impurities-Limits" of the USP has now been revised and published for comments on the USP Pharmacopeial Forum website.

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Danish Authority updated Document on Requirements for a QP

The Danish Medicines Agency has revised its guidelines on the requirements and expectations of the QP. In places, these deviate from the requirements of Directive 2001/83/EC, especially with regard to education and experience.

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FDA Warning Letter to Glenmark due to Laboratory Issues

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a Warning Letter to Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Limited. During an inspection at the site in Goa, India, several GMP violations were found. The company failed to thoroughly investigate OOS results. In addition, the FDA considers the chromatographic data integration procedure as inadequate.

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Clinical Trials Regulation - Version 6.2 of the Q&As

The European Commission published an updated Version of the Questions & Answers relating to the EU Clinical Trials Regulation. What are patient facing documents and how are these documents expected to be submitted ?

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EMA Evaluates Access to Raw Data from Clinical Trials

The EMA started a pilot to assess whether using raw data can help speed up and improve the medicine-evaluation process. Read more about EMA´s Proof-of-Concept Pilot.

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EMA publishes 2020 / 2021 GCP Annual Reports

Following the delayed 2019 Annual Report of the Good Clinical Practice Inspectors’ Working Group (GCP IWG) published earlier this year, the EMA released the 2020 and 2021 annual GCP reports. An increase in findings related to computer systems is noted compared to the last reports.

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Expanded Access to IMPs: FDAs Questions & Answers

The FDA published a revised draft guidance on frequently asked questions about the agency´s regulation of expanded access to investigational medicinal products. But, what exactly is expanded access?

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Amendment to the CTR on IMP Labelling

The European Commission (EC) amended the current requirements provided in the Clinical Trials Regulation (CTR) for the labelling of investigational medicinal products (IMPs) regarding expiry dates by means of a Delegated Regulation.

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FDA Warning Letter: Too low Ethanol Content in Hand Sanitizer Products

There has been a recent accumulation of Warning Letters from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to manufactures of hand sanitizer products. At the end of November, a further letter was published. In this case, FDA laboratory analyses showed that the ethanol content of several batches was too low. In addition, the FDA has also found numerous GMP violations. There was already a lack of the necessary basic SOPs.

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In 2022 again Numerous FDA 483s due to Deficiencies in the Stability Program

Observations made by the inspector during an FDA inspection are listed on the FDA Form 483. The FDA has now published the data for the fiscal year 2022. Deficiencies in the stability programme in the area of "drugs" were mentioned in numerous FDA 483 forms.

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Cleaning in 6th Place in the FDA Warning Letter Statistics

The ECA regularly provides evaluations of the FDA Warning Letters per fiscal year. In 6th place in the fiscal year 2022 (Oct. 2021 - Sept. 2022) are deficiencies regarding the topic of cleaning/cleaning validation. What was found?

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New Proposal for USP Chapter <711> Dissolution Published for Comments

In the Pharmacopeial Forum, PF 48(6), a proposal for a revised Chapter <711> Dissolution was published. The purpose of the revision is to replace USP Prednisone Tablets RS with a new Reference Standard, USP Dissolution Performance Verification Standard-Prednisone RS, to qualify the Dissolution Apparatus 1 and Apparatus 2.

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Warning Letters for Companies selling CBD containing Food and Beverages

The U.S. FDA warns five companies for illegally selling food and beverage products containing cannabidiol (CBD). According to the agency, the use of CBD raises safety concerns, especially with long-term use.

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