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USP Published New Drafts for General Chapters on Plastic Materials

In the current issue of the Pharmacopeial Forum, the USP general chapters on plastic packaging materials have been re-published for comment.



ICH M10 - Draft Guideline on Validation of Bioanalytical Methods published for public Comments

On 13 March, the Euroepan Medicines Agency (EMA) published a the draft ICH Guideline M10 on bioanalytical method validation for public comments.



Is an Identity Test needed for the content of all Containers?

In a recent Warning Letter, FDA is criticising a Chinese company for their inappropriate identity testing.



Brexit: EU supports pharmaceutical Companies

In a letter, the EU Commission explains possible exemptions for future batch testing in the UK.



Warning Letter due to Serious Deficiencies in Quality Control

FDA inspectors usually expect a minimum level of GMP understanding for identity and assay determinations of starting materials and finished products. Read here which basic GMP deficiencies in the quality control laboratory have led to a Warning Letter regarding incoming goods controls and testing of finished products.



Monographs on radiopharmaceutical preparations - Revised Guideline

At the beginning of the year, the EDQM published a revised version of its guidelines for the preparation of monographs on radiopharmaceutical preparations. It now includes a new section on method validation.



Revision of EMA's Guideline on the Use of Pharmaceutical Water

In the course of the revision of the European Pharmacopoeia which allows the production of WFI with other methods than distillation, the revision of EMA's "Guideline on the quality of water for pharmaceutical use" has become necessary.



New Ph. Eur Monograph on PAT adopted

The European Pharmacopoeia (Ph. Eur.) Commission adopted 16 new texts including the general chapter on PAT - Process analytical technology (5.25).



New ICH Topic Q14 and Revision of Q2

A new ICH topic was endorsed by the ICH Management Committee in November 2018. Read more about the proposed new ICH Q14 guideline Analytical Procedure Development and the revision of Q2(R1) Analytical Validation.



Stability by Design - Guidelines for Assessing & Controlling Physical Stability

The USP Physical Stability Joint Subcommittee has published a Stimuli article regarding Guidelines For Assessing and Controlling the Physical Stability of Pharmaceutical Raw Materials, Intermediates, and Dosage Forms. 



New Timeline for USP Plastics Packaging Chapters

The USP posted a new timeline for the implementation of the plastics packaging chapters 661.1 and 661.2. So far, the new chapters were to become applicable on May 1, 2020. The implementation of the new requirements will now be delayed until December 1, 2025.



FDA Warning Letter: Outlier Test inadequate for OOS Investigation

The API manufacture Zhuhai United Laboratories Co. Ltd. received a Warning Letter from the FDA in June 2018. The FDA criticized that the OOS results of assay determinations haven't been adequately investigated. According to the FDA, the sole use of outlier tests is not appropriate. Read more about FDA's Warning Letter to Zhuhai United Laboratories.



Missing Investigation of OOS Results leads to FDA Warning Letter

The API manufacturer Keshava received a Warning Letter from the FDA in March 2018. During the inspection, it has been criticised that no corrective actions had been taken for Out-of-Specification results and that a few analyses missed complete data. Read more here about the FDA Warning Letter for Keshava Organics.



USP Stimuli Article on the Correct Use of Mean Kinetic Temperature

Recording temperatures during transport of pharmaceutical products as well as calculating the mean kinetic temperature is essential for assessing a batch with regard to its quality status. How to avoid mistakes when calculating the mean kinetic temperature?



European Pharmacopoeia: New Chapter on Visual Inspection for Visible Particles

The European Pharmacopoeia has published a new chapter on testing of parenterals for visible, particulate matter in Pharmeuropa 30.4.


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