GMP News - Analytical Quality Control

26.08.20

Questions & Answers: Semi-Automated Visual Inspection

The webinar on semi-automated visual inspection of parenteralia on June 16, 2020 met with great interest. In addition to many basic questions regarding visual inspection, specific questions about semi-automated inspection were asked and answered during the webinar. Here you can find a short selection.

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26.08.20

A Lifecycle Approach for Analytical Instrument and Systems Qualification

In July 2018, the ECA Analytical Quality Control Group published version one of its guideline on Analytical Procedure Lifecycle Management (APLM) in support of the development of USP <1220> and the ICH revision of Q2(R2) and the newly proposed Q14.

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19.08.20

Unofficial HPLC Injections and Shared Common Login lead to an FDA Warning Letter

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a Warning Letter to a firm that manufactures and distributes OTC products. The Warning Letter summarizes significant violations of current Good Manufacturing Practice (CGMP). The company failed, amongst others, to have the proper controls in place to prevent the unauthorized manipulation of laboratory raw electronic data. Furthermore, the laboratory management could not provide an adequate explanation for several unofficial HPLC injections.

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12.08.20

Herbal Drugs: USP Proposes New General Chapter on PAs

USP´s Expert Committee for Botanical Dietary Supplements and Herbal Medicines proposes a new general chapter on Pyrrolizidine Alkaloids (PAs).

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05.08.20

Mexican API Manufacturer receives Warning Letter

The US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) explicitly explains the deficiencies in the area of quality control in its Warning Letter for the company "Signa SA de CV".

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29.07.20

FDA Warning Letter to Homeopathic Product Manufacturers due to Quality Issues

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a warning letter to Washington Homeopathic Products, Inc. due to specific violations of CGMP regulations. These violations include failure to establish an adequate quality control unit, failure to conduct at least one test to verify the identity of each component of a drug product, and failure to establish and document the accuracy, sensitivity, specificity, and reproducibility of test methods.

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22.07.20

FDA Warning Letter: Lack of Lab Data Integrity

Once again, the lack of laboratory data integrity, beside other observations, caused the issuance of a US-American FDA Warning Letter and resulted in deficiencies mainly focused on the solvent recovery processes.

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22.07.20

CHMP's Assessment Report on Nitrosamines published

The recently published final assessment report of the CHMP describes in great detail the state of knowledge on nitrosamines in human medicinal products. All you need to know about risk assessment, calculation of limit values and analysis of nitrosamine contamination can be found in this document.

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08.07.20

Revised Ph. Eur. Raman Spectroscopy Chapter published for Public Consultation

The European Pharmacopoeia (Ph. Eur.) has published the revised chapter 2.2.48 on Raman Spectroscopy for public consultation. All interested users are encouraged to review the draft and submit their comments from July to September 2020.

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08.07.20

Dissolution Test for Solid Oral Dosage Forms: WHO publishes Draft for Comments

The World Health Organization (WHO) has published a draft proposal for revision in The International Pharmacopoeia. The document entitled DISSOLUTION TEST FOR SOLID ORAL DOSAGE FORMS will be posted on the WHO Medicines website. The deadline for comments is 31 August 2020.

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07.07.20

Extractable Elements in Plastic Materials - Extended Deadline for Comments

The drafts for the new Ph. Eur. chapters on plastic packaging materials (COP, COC, and Extractable elements in plastic materials for pharmaceutical use) have been re-published in Pharmeuropa to give stakeholders sufficient time to comment.

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24.06.20

FDA Warning Letter for Canadian Drugmaker - HPLC and Data Integrity in the Focus

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recently published a Warning Letter to a Canadian over-the-counter (OTC) drug producer. During an inspection, the FDA found significant violations of current good manufacturing practice (CGMP), including data integrity issues related to HPLC analysis.

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03.06.20

FDA Warning Letter to US Drug Maker

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a Warning Letter to a US-based drug maker for significant violations of current Good Manufacturing Practice (CGMP) regulations for finished pharmaceuticals, including the failure to investigate out-of-specification (OOS) test results and to follow proper documentation practices.

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27.05.20

FDA Warning Letter: Lab Data Integrity still in the Focus

The U.S. FDA issued a Warning Letter to the US American contract testing laboratory “International Trading Pharm Lab Inc” due to significant violations of cGMP regulations and the inaccurancy of electronical data for Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (APIs).

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20.05.20

Update on COC / COP and Extractable Elements in Plastic Materials

Three drafts for new Ph. Eur. chapters on plastic packaging materials have been published for comment in the recent issue of Pharmeuropa: Cyclo-olefin polymers (COP), Cyclo-olefin copolymers (COC), and Extractable elements in plastic materials for pharmaceutical use.

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