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25.05.22

Revised USP Chapter <831> Refractive Index Published again for Comments

In the Pharmacopeial Forum, PF 48(3), a new proposal of USP Chapter <831> Refractive Index has been published for comments. The text has been revised again to take into account the comments received on the previous proposal published in PF 47(3).

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25.05.22

New Version of the ICH Q3D Guideline for Impurities published

Since the end of April 2022, the second revision of the ICH "Guideline for Elemental Impurities Q3D(R2)" is available on the ICH website under the heading "Quality Guidelines". This version includes revisions and adaptations in Appendices 2 and 3. Appendix 5 has been newly added.

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25.05.22

FDA Warning Letter: Deviation from USP Compendial Methods

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a Warning Letter to an American manufacturer. The firm produces a United States Pharmacopeia (USP) article. The core problem was that the company deviated from the USP for analytical testing, but could not adequately demonstrate that the method is equivalent or better than the current USP compendial method.

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25.05.22

FDA Updates Guidance on Investigating Out-of-Specification (OOS) Test Results for Pharmaceutical Production

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has published a new version (Revision 1) of its Guidance for Industry on Out-of-Specification (OOS) Results. The original version of the document was published almost 16 years ago, in October 2006.

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18.05.22

Elastomers for Pharmaceutical Packaging and Manufacturing

Following the recently adopted USP general chapter <665> for plastic materials used in manufacturing, the USP now published two draft chapters for elastomers for pharmaceutical packaging and manufacturing.

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18.05.22

Chapter 5.21 "Chemometric Methods Applied to Analytical Data" to be Published in Ph. Eur. 11.1

During its 172nd session in March 2022, the European Pharmacopoeia (Ph. Eur.) Commission adopted a revised version of general chapter 5.21. Chemometric methods applied to analytical data to be published in Ph. Eur. Supplement 11.1 and be effective as of 01 April 2023.

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11.05.22

How to Demonstrate Comparability of Analytical Procedures

A new Ph. Eur. Chapter 5.27. Comparability of alternative analytical procedures has been proposed in Pharmeuropa 34.2. The comment deadline is 30 June 2022.

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05.05.22

EDQM updates List of available Reference Standards

Also in March, the list of available reference standards, which comprises more than 3.000 substances, was revised - and the resulting changes, innovations and updates were listed in the newsroom of the EDQM website.

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04.05.22

Revised Technical Guide for Metals and Alloys

Currently there are no compendial standards available for metal packaging systems for pharmaceutical use. Thus any other guidance providing information on metal components like the revised EDQM technical guide “Metals and alloys used in food contact materials and articles” can be useful.

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27.04.22

FDA Warning Letter: Testing into Compliance using Unvalidated Test Methods

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has published a new Warning Letter to an American drug manufacturer. The company retested failing lots with unvalidated test methods until passing results were obtained. Other deficiencies concern the cleaning validation, the stability program and HPLC data integrity.

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27.04.22

Requirements for Styrene Block Copolymers

Following the previously published Ph. Eur drafts for COC / COP, a new Ph. Eur. chapter 3.1.18. Styrene block copolymers for containers and closures for parenteral preparations and ophthalmic preparations has been proposed in Pharmeuropa.

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26.04.22

FDA Warning Letter due to GMP Violations when handling OOS Results

During an inspection, FDA inspectors look closely at how quality control handles analytical data that deviates from the specification. Find out what is important to consider when handling OOS results, verifying test methods and checking electronic data.

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26.04.22

FDA Warning Letter: No Quality Unit, No Thorough Investigations and No Stability Program

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has published a Warning Letter to a Californian firm that utilizes Contract Manufacturing Organizations (CMOs) to manufacture nasal spray products. The FDA criticises the lack of a quality unit (QU), an insufficient investigation into microbial contamination and an inadequate stability program.

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26.04.22

EDQM Survey: TOC to replace Test for oxidisable Substances in Sterile WFI

The EDQM has launched a survey on whether the test for oxidisable substances for sterilised water for injection (Sterile WFI) in the European Pharmacopoeia should be changed to a test for total organic carbon (TOC). Read more.

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13.04.22

Japanese Pharmacopoeia 18th Edition - English Version Now Available

The English translation of the Japanese Pharmacopoeia (JP) 18th edition is available for download free of charge.

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