GMP News - APIs and Excipients

04.03.21

FDA's Strategies for Bacterial Safety of Platelets

In December, the FDA updated its guidance on bacterial safety strategies for platelets and platelet preparations, particularly in light of the current implementation difficulties faced by facilities under pandemic conditions.

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03.03.21

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

Version 14 of the "How to do" Document - Interpretation of the ICH Q7 Guide and "Review form" for APIs, which has been available since the beginning of the year, mainly includes additions and updates in the chapters 11, 15 and 16. The How to do document is intended to facilitate the implementation of the ICH Q7 Guide and lists recommendations on how to interpret it.

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24.02.21

FDA stops Hand Sanitizers with too low Alcohol Content at the US Border

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) pays close attention to what is inside hand sanitizer products imported into the United States. Recently, a product labeled as containing 75% ethanol, but in fact contained only 58%, was detained and refused admission at the border. As a consequence, the Chinese manufacturer received a Warning Letter.

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24.02.21

UK Guidance on Limits for Controlled Cannabinoids in CBD Products

Extracts or isolates containing Cannabidiol are used in cosmetics and food supplements supplied to the UK market. One question still remains: How to interprete the 1 mg UK limit for controlled cannabinoids?

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17.02.21

EMA Clarifies GMP Requirements for Herbal Substances Used as APIs

When does EU GMP Guide Part II apply to the manufacture of herbal extracts? A new EMA Q&A document on GMP for herbal extracts used as active substances in herbal medicinal products gives the answer to this question.

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20.01.21

EMA: Updated Q&A documents on Centralised Procedures

The "Q&A" documents for centralised procedures were revised and published on the EMA website in January. In general, pre- and post-approval advices regarding centralised procedures are given and specially information for applicants of generic or hybrid medicinal products is mentioned. 

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05.01.21

New Approach for Dissolution or Disintegration Tests in Ph. Eur. Monographs to be Published in Supplement 10.6.

A new policy for dissolution and disintegration testing in European Pharmacopoeia (Ph. Eur.) monographs has been adopted at the 168th session of the European Pharmacopoeia Commission (November 2020). A dissolution or disintegration test will be included in each medicinal product monograph on an immediate-release solid dosage form.

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05.01.21

FDA Warning Letter: No Adequate Quality Unit, Laboratory Controls, Sampling Plans, and Stability Program

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently sent a warning letter to a US over-the-counter (OTC) drug manufacturer due to significant violations of current good manufacturing practice (CGMP) regulations for finished pharmaceuticals.

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09.12.20

UN Commission Reclassifies Cannabis

The United Nations (UN) Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) has decided to reclassify cannabis. With this, the Commission followed the WHO recommendation of 2019.

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09.12.20

The Influence of Process Changes on Process Validation

What influence can process changes have on process validation? A current FDA Warning Letter provides information on this.

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02.12.20

Will CBD be Controlled as a Narcotic?

Will Cannabidiol be controlled as a narcotic in the future? This question is currently intensively discussed. The European Court of Justice recently released their opinion.

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02.12.20

FDA Warning Letter for not Adequately Testing Components prior to Use in the Manufacture

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a Warning Letter to a Mexican manufacturer. According to the FDA, the firm did not adequately validate the process and qualify the equipment used to manufacture the drug products. Furthermore, the company did not adequately test components prior to use in the manufacture of drug products destined for the US market.

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18.11.20

Updated version of APIC's "How to do"- Document on GMPs for APIs

The updated version of the paperback "ICH Q7 Side-by-Side Comparison", which lists and compares the "ICH Q7 Guideline - GMP for Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients" with the "How to do"- Document - Interpretation of ICH Q7 Guide and "Review form" on GMPs for APIs, is now available.

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04.11.20

Can Cannabis be Imported into the EU without GMP Certification?

The answer to this question is: It depends. Recently, medical cannabis grown in a non-EU-GMP-certified facility in Uruguay became available on the German market.

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28.10.20

How to Demonstrate GACP-Compliance?

The requirement for a "written GACP declaration" is contained in the current draft of the EMA HMPC Guidance Document "Quality of Herbal Medicinal Products". However, some questions remain: Who creates the declaration and what does it look like?

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