WHO Guideline on "Cold" Generation of WFI finalized
In the middle of 2019, the WHO published the draft of the guideline entitled "Production of water for injection by means other than distillation" for the production of WFI by non-distillative methods. This finalised guideline has now been published as Annex 3 in the WHO Technical Report Series (TRS) 1025.
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.
Second Revision of FDA Guidance Microbiology Data for Systemic Antibacterial Drugs
FDA published the second revision of their Guidance for Industry "Microbiology Data for Systemic Antibacterial Drugs -Development, Analysis, and Presentation" to define the requirements on a overall microbiology development program for such products.
Second Chapter of ECA's Microbiological OOS/OOL Guideline announced for May
The ECA's Pharmaceutical Microbiology Group has announced the second chapter of their Guideline on handling microbiological deviations for May. It deals with OOS/OOT and atypical results in endotoxin testing.
Harmonisation of the pharmacopoeial Texts for use in the ICH Regions on Micro Enumeration finalized
Reaching step 5 of the harmonisation process, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) adopted the ICH guideline Q4B Annex 4A on evaluation and recommendation of pharmacopoeial texts for use in the ICH regions on micro enumeration.
EDQM publishes Press Release on microbiological Control Symposium
Two weeks after their microbiology symposium in Strasbourg, the European Directory for the Quality of Medicines and HealthCare (EDQM) summarized the event in their press release entitled "Microbiological control symposium: consensus on readiness of new methods emerges".