GMP News - Analytical Quality Control

15.04.20

FDA Warning Letter: Incoming Analysis of Raw Materials - Performing only an Appearance Test is not enough

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a Warning Letter to a Danish drugmaker for serious GMP violations, including inadequate testing of finished products. Furthermore, the company failed to conduct at least one test to verify the identity of each component of a drug product.

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08.04.20

German Pharmacopoeia Monograph for Cannabis Extracts

The monograph "Cannabis Extract, Standardized" (Cannabis extractum normatum) will be added to the German Pharmacopoeia (DAB 2020).

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01.04.20

Shredding Key Documents and Leading Investigators to Incorrect Rooms - An unusual FDA Warning Letter

FDA Warning letters often refer to insufficient documentation, missing validations, inadequate training, employees not following procedures, or similar cases. But shredding documents and leading investigators to incorrect rooms during an inspection is rather unusual.

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30.03.20

Deadline Extended: EMA Informs about New Deadline for Risk Assessment on Nitrosamines

The European Medicines Agency, EMA, as well as the EDQM have extended their deadlines for submitting risk evaluations for Nitrosamine Impurities in medicinal products by the Marketing Authorisation Holders.

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26.03.20

Foreign Particles in Oral Dosage Forms can also Cause Warning Letter

A US-American medical manufacturer has received a Warning Letter from the FDA due to foreign particles in a solution for oral application and especially regarding the handling of this incident. Besides, further deficiencies were observed during the inspection, such as errors in the evaluation of HPLC data and data integrity in the laboratory in general.

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26.03.20

European Pharmacopoeia: New Chapter on Visual Inspection for Visible Particles Comes Into Force

The new chapter 5.17.2 in the European Pharmacopoeia "Recommendations on testing of particulate contamination: visible particles" was already published for comment in autumn 2018 (Pharmeuropa 30.4). The comments and feedback received have been considered by the Expert Group 12 of the EDQM, and the chapter is coming into force.

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26.03.20

FDA Warning Letter to Indian Manufacturer for Inadequate Testing of Incoming APIs

 In a Warning Letter to an Indian manufacturer, the FDA notes that the firm lacked adequate testing for incoming API and relied on the suppliers' certificates of analyses (COA) without establishing the reliability of the suppliers' analyses through appropriate validation.

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17.02.20

Deficiencies in Maintenance, OOS and Data Integrity lead to Warning Letter

A pharmaceutical manufacturer in India received a Warning Letter from the US-American FDA in December due to deficiencies in the areas of maintenance/cleanliness, OOS and data integrity. Read more here.

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05.02.20

Stability Testing Program as a Common Problem in recent FDA Warning Letters

Stability testing of drug products is required by 21 CFR 211.166 of the cGMP guidelines. There has been an increase in GMP violations related to stability testing. A few days ago, a German company received an FDA Warning Letter in which, among others, the stability program was criticized.

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05.02.20

New USP Chapters regarding Testing for Subvisible Particles

The USP has published the revised chapter on testing for non-visible particles <1788> as well as new monographs on the individual test methods light obscuration, membrane microscopy and flow imaging as drafts.

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05.02.20

EDQM Launches a New Website on Nitrosamine Contamination

Anyone who has gradually lost track of the mass of information about nitrosamine impurities can now consult the EDQM website. Read more about where to find important documents, e.g. analytical methods of determination on the new EDQM website for nitrosamines.

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29.01.20

Update on Ph. Eur. and Pharmeuropa

The EDQM recently announced some upcoming changes to the European Pharmacopoeia and Pharmeuropa.

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29.01.20

Identity Testing and Stability Studies criticised in an FDA Inspection

The first FDA warning letter of the year goes to a Chinese contract manufacturer of over-the-counter (OTC) drug products for multiple violations of current good manufacturing practice (cGMP).

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22.01.20

USP Proposes New General Chapter <668> Cured Silicone Elastomers

The USP General Chapters—Packaging and Distribution Expert Committee is proposing a new general chapter <668> Cured Silicone Elastomers for Pharmaceutical Manufacturing and Packaging Components.

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22.01.20

Changes to Pharmacopeial Forum

The United States Pharmacopeia is currently introducing some changes to the format of the USP and to its Pharmacopeial Forum - a bimonthly online journal in which USP publishes proposed revisions for public review.

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