During 2020, the FDA updated and expanded its series of guidelines on the topic of cell and tissue products with a revised version of the Guideline Regulatory Considerations for Human Cells, Tissues, and Cellular and Tissue-Based Products: Minimal Manipulation and Homologous Use.
In addition to the publication of a large number of guidelines and supporting documents in the field of cell and tissue products, the FDA also provides insights into the biological research projects of its scientists on its website.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a Warning Letter to a Mexican manufacturer. According to the FDA, the firm did not adequately validate the process and qualify the equipment used to manufacture the drug products. Furthermore, the company did not adequately test components prior to use in the manufacture of drug products destined for the US market.
There are only a few days left until the UK will leave the EU. On 01. January 2021 the UK will be considered a "Third Country" with massive consequences for the GMP environment for medicinal products and APIs. Now the EMA published a new Question and Answer Document which clarifies a number of questions which have been raised during the Brexit negotiations. Please read more about EMAs Q&A Document
A Task Force with members from the pharmaceutical industry, plant manufacturers and engineering companies has created the ECA Guide. The Guide was designed based on the requirements of EU GMP Annex 15 and supplemented by aspects of ASTM Guide 2500. The Annexes are very important for the applicability of the Good Practice Guide. They contain sample documents and templates that are successfully used in the pharmaceutical industry and in plant engineering and construction. Read more about the Guide in the GMP Journal Article.
Due to the great public interest and the varied discussions, EMA organises a public meeting on Covid-19 vaccines and the role of EMA in the approval process, which all interested citizens can attend via live broadcast.
The updated version of the paperback "ICH Q7 Side-by-Side Comparison", which lists and compares the "ICH Q7 Guideline - GMP for Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients" with the "How to do"- Document - Interpretation of ICH Q7 Guide and "Review form" on GMPs for APIs, is now available.
In view of the recent need for the fast development of medicinal products for COVID-19, the World Health Organization (WHO) published a new guideline on Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) for development batches. According to the WHO, there are currently no regulatory guidelines available which address this matter.
In view of recent experiences from inspections carried out for COVID-19 therapeutics, the World Health Organization (WHO) published a new working document entitled "GOOD MANUFACTURING PRACTICES FOR INVESTIGATIONAL PRODUCTS".
Cleaning is an important process step in the field of pharmaceutical production. So what are the requirements for GMP-compliant cleaning from the perspective of the authorities? A current FDA Warning Letter provides information on this.
The French Ministry of Health has published the specifications and quality requirements for medical cannabis in the pilot phase. The document covers flowers, extracts and finished products for oral, sublingual and inhalation use (including devices).
Deficiencies in aseptic production have led to a Warning Letter to the Japanese company Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited. Part 2 of the News deals with deficiencies in the media fill. What sort of issues did lead to this Warning Letter?
With the coming into force of the FDA Process Validation Guideline 2011 and the revision of Annex 15 (2015), the process life cycle has become state of the art in the field of validation. What does this mean in practice?
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has published the final guidance for industry entitled "Wholesale Distributor Verification Requirement for Saleable Returned Drug Product and Dispenser Verification Requirements When Investigating a Suspect or Illegitimate Product—Compliance Policies".
The Swissmedic has been informed by the Brazilian Health Regulatory Agency ANVISA that Brazil has suspended all imports of medicinal products from three Turkish wholesalers. In this regard, an information for Swiss companies was published.
Due to the deficiencies identified during an inspection that the FDA had already conducted in February 2020, an Indian pharmaceutical manufacturer has now received a Warning Letter. The main reasons for this were deficiencies in equipment design, validation and incoming goods inspection. Read more here.