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.
25 Years Alternative Pyrogen Testing: Where do we stand? A Retrospect and Outlook
The EU demands to reduce animal testing or to avoid it altogether wherever possible. The pyrogen test on rabbits is therefore being replaced by MAT as an alternative in the EU. But how long has this taken and where is the journey going for alternative test systems in microbiology? A short review and outlook can be found here.
FDA - Testing of Cells and Tissues Donors for Transferable Diseases
As a complement to the many guidances and documents on the development and manufacture of products from human cells and tissues, the FDA also provides an overview of strategies and approved tests for microbiological testing of donors of cells and tissues.
New FDA Guidance on Cellular and Tissue Products (HCT/Ps) published
During 2020, the FDA updated and expanded its series of guidelines on the topic of cell and tissue products with a revised version of the Guideline Regulatory Considerations for Human Cells, Tissues, and Cellular and Tissue-Based Products: Minimal Manipulation and Homologous Use.
FDA publishes Information and Reviews of Biological Research Projects
In addition to the publication of a large number of guidelines and supporting documents in the field of cell and tissue products, the FDA also provides insights into the biological research projects of its scientists on its website.
Due to the great public interest and the varied discussions, EMA organises a public meeting on Covid-19 vaccines and the role of EMA in the approval process, which all interested citizens can attend via live broadcast.
FDA Warning Letter due to Lack of Validation of the Aseptic Manufacturing Process
In this Warning Letter from the FDA to a manufacturer of unauthorised tissue-based products, deficiencies in current Good Tissue Practice (cGTP) and violations of fundamental GMP regulations are described.
Serological Tests for HTLV Viruses by Blood and Blood Components
Testing for virus contamination plays an important role in blood and blood components. Recently, the FDA has published a guidance document on testing for T-lymphotropic viruses by means of serological testing.