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).
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.
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.
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.
FDA Warning Letter to Mexican Manufacturer based on Review of Documents
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently published a Warning Letter to a Mexican firm whose facility is registered as a manufacturer of over-the-counter (OTC) drug products in the United States. The Warning Letter is not based on inspection findings from an onsite audit but on the review of documents that the company was required to send at the request of the FDA. The FDA found different serious deficiencies based on the submitted documents.
A general revision of Ph. Eur. Chapter 3.2.9 "Rubber Closures" has been proposed in Pharmeuropa 33.2. In particular the proposal includes changes to the sections regarding composition changes and extractable elements, functionality & fragmentation testing.
Rapid Revision and Implementation of Pharmacopoeial Monographs Concerning 5 Sartan Preparations
In the light of the recommendations made in CHMP's final assessment report on nitrosamine impurities in sartan preparations, the European Pharmacopoeia Commission has revised 2 general chapters and 5 API monographs in a rapid procedure. Read more here about which new requirements are specified in the updated sartan monographs.