GMP News - APIs and Excipients


WHO Recommends Re-Classification of Cannabis

After the legal situation for medical cannabis in Germany has already changed in 2017, the World Health Organization (WHO) has now proposed a global re-classification of the addictive potential of cannabis.



EDQM updates Guidelines on the CEP Procedure

The EDQM has published four updated Public Documents on the revision, renewal or re-application of a CEP. Here you can find out what has to be considered when describing an API and its quality in a CEP application.



EMA's Reflection Paper on the Qualification of Non-Genotoxic Impurities

Data from pre-clinical/clinical studies are often not sufficient for a comprehensive qualification of impurities with regard to their biological safety profile. The new EMA Reflection Paper provides guidance for determining the safety profile of impurities by means of various methods.



FDA Guideline on Immunogenicity Testing of Therapeutic Protein Products published

In January, the FDA published a guide on immune responses to protein products: "Immunogenicity testing of therapeutic protein products - Development and validation of assays for the detection of antidrug antibodies".



EMA publishes comments on ICH Q12

The EMA recently released comments gathered during its public consultation for the ICH Q12 draft guideline. Read more about EMA ´s overview of comments received on ICH Q12 on pharmaceutical product lifecycle management.



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.



Transfusion Transfer of Babesiosis - FDA Draft: Recommendations for Risk Minimization

The FDA published a new Draft Guidance on Recommendations for Reducing the Risk of Transfusion-Transmitted Babesiosis. The recommendations contained in this guidance apply to the collection of blood and blood components, except source plasma.



FDA Draft Guidance on the risk of Bacterial Contamination of Blood Platelets

With a new draft guidance on the risk of bacterial contamination of blood platelets for transfusion purposes, the FDA wants to give updated recommendations on risk minimization to affected donor institutions and transfusion centers.



Valsartan: New Inspection reveals significant GMP Violations

An inspection by EU inspectorates in collaboration with EDQM has revealed significant GMP violations at a Valsartan manufacturer's site.



USP article on pharmaceutical continuous manufacturing

In the latest edition of the Pharmacopoeial Forum 44(6), the US pharmacopoeia USP has published a so-called Stimuli Article on pharmaceutical continuous manufacturing. Apart from important definitions, the document contains further information on material properties and characteristics as well as risk management approaches for continuous manufacturing.



Management and control of biological raw materials - the EBE Concept Paper

Raw materials used in the manufacture of biopharmaceuticals may show highly different characteristics and risk potentials. Read here why and how risk assessments for raw materials must be performed and where practical advice therefore may be gained.



Frequent GMP Deficiencies at API Manufacturers reflected in Warning Letters - Current Trends

The Warning Letters sent to API manufacturers in the last few months are a source of comprehensive information. A detailed analysis of them unveils interesting facts and trends on GMP violations with regard to the handling of raw data, OOS results and data integrity.



FDA´s draft Guidance on Post-approval Changes to APIs

API manufacturers who want to make changes to the API manufacturing process during an application's post-approval period should read FDA´s new draft guidance for industry: Postapproval Changes to Drug Substances.



Non-Compliance Report for Indian API manufacturer

During an inspection in March 2018, the French competent authority discovered various GMP violations at the site of an Indian manufacturer. Learn more about the Non-Compliance Report issued on behalf of the EMA.



What information is included in a CEP?

The "Certificate of suitability to the Monographs of the European Pharmacopoeia" (CEP) contains information on an active pharmaceutical substance with regard to the European Pharmacopoeia. It is an important document of the authorisation application. Read more about what information is relevant for a CEP and what do CEP holders and authorisation applicants have to consider.


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