GMP News - APIs and Excipients

18.01.22

USP Proposal for Contaminant Pyrrolizidine Alkaloids

A new USP chapter <1567> on pyrrolizidine alkaloids (PAs) is being proposed. It discusses some analytical methods and existing challenges to measure PA contaminants in herbal medicinal products.

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18.01.22

USP Draft Monograph for CBD

Because there is no existing USP monograph for this drug substance, a new monograph for Cannabidiol (CBD) is being proposed. It defines that CBD is obtained from Cannabis sativa.

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12.01.22

Proposal for New General USP Chapter on Quality Attributes of Starting Materials for the Chemical Synthesis of Therapeutic Peptides

In the Pharmacopeial Forum, PF 48(1), a proposal for a new general chapter <1504> was published. According to the Expert Committee, the aim of the new chapter is to provide an overview of the minimum quality attributes required for starting materials used in the manufacture of synthetic therapeutic peptides.

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05.01.22

Q&As: China GMP and Registration of APIs

In December 2021, the ECA offered the Live Online Training "China GMP and Registration of APIs". During the Q&A sessions, many interesting questions were posed to the speakers' team.

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21.12.21

APIC: Update of the ICH Q7 "How to do" Document

The latest version (version 15) of the "How to do" document - Interpretation of ICH Q7 Guide and "Review form" for APIs was finalised and published on the APIC website in July 2021. It is also intended to facilitate the implementation of the ICH Q7 Guideline and provides recommendations on how to interpret it.

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21.12.21

Revised IPEC GDP Audit Guide for Pharmaceutical Excipients Available to the General Public

In September 2021, the International Pharmaceutical Excipients Council Federation (IPEC Federation) announced the availability of the revised IPEC Good Distribution Practices Audit Guide for Pharmaceutical Excipients (Version 3, 2021). After the guide was initially only accessible exclusively to IPEC members for three months, the document was now made available to the general public.

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21.12.21

GDP for Veterinary Medicinal Products: Implementing Regulation (EU) 2021/1248 of 29 July 2021

In August 2021, the new Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2021/1248 on measures on good distribution practice for veterinary medicinal products entered into force. Read more in the summary of the most important aspects of the new document.

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15.12.21

CEPs: New IT Application of the EDQM

In October 2021, the EDQM established a new IT application for handling and managing CEP applications. This resulted in some innovations and changes, especially in the communication between the applicant and the EDQM. This in turn led to updates in the related documents and guidelines.

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23.11.21

GDP for APIs used as Starting Materials in Veterinary Medicinal Products: Implementing Regulation (EU) 2021/1280 of 2 August 2021

The Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2021/1280 lays down the good distribution practices for active substances used as starting materials in veterinary medicinal products. It applies to importers, distributors, and manufacturers. The Regulation has been binding since August 2021 and is directly applicable in all Member States. We have summarised the most important requirements of the new Regulation.

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20.10.21

FDA Warning Letter: Deficiencies in API / Finished Drug Product Testing and Stability Program

The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recently published a Warning Letter to a manufacturer of over-the-counter (OTC) drug products. The letter summarizes significant violations of current good manufacturing practices (CGMP) concerning finished drug product testing, identity testing of active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs), and stability testing.

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13.10.21

Inadequate Sampling Plans lead to FDA 483 Inspection Report

Sampling of materials is one of the most important processes in pharmaceutical companies. An Indian company received a so-called 483 FDA report due to inadequate sampling plans for raw materials and intermediates. Furthermore, the FDA criticises that components used in manufacturing are not tested and released prior to use.

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13.10.21

New Updates of the Templates for Reporting Nitrosamine Contamination

Marketing authorisation holders of chemically-synthesized or biologic medicinal products are required to perform confirmatory testing after identifying a potential risk of nitrosamine contamination and report the results using specified templates. One of these reporting templates has been recently revised. Read more here about the updates to be considered in the nitrosamine contamination reporting template.

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06.10.21

USP Chapter on Impurities in Food Supplements

USP´s Expert Committees for Non-Botanical & Botanical Dietary Supplements and Herbal Medicines propose the elaboration of a new USP general chapter <2760> on impurities in food supplements.

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29.09.21

MHRA Guidance for the Supply of Medical Cannabis Products

The MHRA published an updated Guidance on manufacturing, importing, distributing and supplying of cannabis-based products for medicinal use. Amongst others, the MHRA will require a valid GMP certificate for the site of manufacture.

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28.09.21

Revised IPEC GDP Audit Guide for Pharmaceutical Excipients

The International Pharmaceutical Excipients Council Federation (IPEC Federation) announced the availability of the revised IPEC Good Distribution Practices Audit Guide for Pharmaceutical Excipients.

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