The annual Rapid Microbiological Methods Conference of the ECA will take place on 11. and 12 December in Munich, Germany. Many speakers from authorities, industry and method development already confirmed their participation. Get the details.
Case Study of New Growth-based Rapid Microbiological Method (RMM) detects the Presence of Specific Organisms
In the March Edition of the American Pharmaceutical Review, Dr Michael Miller published a case study of a New Growth-based Rapid Microbiological Method (RMM) that Detects the Presence of Specific Organisms and provides an Estimation of Viable Cell Count. Read more.
FDA issues Amendment to the Guidance for Industry: Revised Preventive Measures to Reduce the Possible Risk of Transmission of Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease and Variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease by Blood and Blood Products
The FDA has published a Draft Guidance for Industry: Amendment to “Guidance for Industry: "Revised Preventive Measures to Reduce the Possible Risk of Transmission of Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease and Variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease by Blood and Blood Products”. More details can be found here.
Recently, the USP published frequently asked questions relative to different General Chapters, amongst others to Chapter <62> Microbial Enumeration of Nonsterile Products: Tests for Specified Microorganisms. More details can be found here.
FDA Study Confirms Suitability of Plasma for Nucleic Acid Testing (NAT) of Blood Donations for Hepatitis C Virus
Scientists at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have confirmed that plasma specimens are well-suited for detecting the genetic material of hepatitis C virus (HCV) in potential blood donors who are infected with the virus. Read more.
CVMP published the draft guideline "VICH GL34: Biologicals: testing for the detection of mycoplasma contamination". It is is intended to facilitate the harmonized licensing of new products for veterinary use. More details can be found here.
FDA Inspectional Observations on Hygiene, Cleaning and Sanitation
The overview about FDA deficiency reports (Form 483) still shows a large number of objections with regard to hygiene, cleaning and disinfection. Concerned are the classic medicinal products manufacture as well as the areas biologicals and medical devices. Read more.
Activities of the USP Microbiology and Sterility Assurance Expert Committee During the 2005-2010 Revision Cycle
Scott Suttion and Radhakrishna Tirumalai issued a review of the published activities of the Microbiology and Sterility Assurance Expert Committee (MSA EC) of the United States Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) Council of Experts for the 2005–2010 revision cycle. Read more here.
The FDA published a scientific poster on "Identifying faster Sterility tests for Biological Products - Regulatory Research Seeks to Reduce the Time Needed to Ensure the Safety of Critical Products". Read more.
Rapid Methods - Influence of FDA's Strategic Plan for advancing Regulatory Science
In August, the FDA published a Strategic "Plan to Advancing Regulatory Science at FDA". This plan includes statements to amend microbial safety of products with modern microbiological methods. Read more.
EMA Position Statement on Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease and advanced Therapy medicinal Products
In June 2011, the CHMP/CAT position statement on Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease and advanced therapy medicinal products was agreed to by the Biologics Working Party and adopted by the CHMP/CAT. Read more here.
Urgent Revision of EP 5.2.8. Minimising the Risk of Transmission of animal Spongiform Encephalopathy
With date of application on 1st july, the chapter 5.2.8 of the EP about Minimising the Risk of transmission of Animal Spongiform Encephalopathy agents via human or veterinary medicinal products was revised. More details can be found here.
ECDC - Technical Report on the Prevention of Creutzfeldt–Jakob (vCJD) published
In June the ECDC (European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control) published a technical report on the prevention of Creutzfeldt-Jakob (vCJD) disease transmission in medical settings in EU Member States and Norway. Read more.