GMP News - Blood / Biologics and ATMP

30.03.20

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.

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30.03.20

Updated Recommendations for Reducing the Risk of CJD and vCJD by Blood and Blood Components

The FDA has revised its assessments and recommendations to reduce the possible risk of transmission of Creuzfeldt-Jakob by blood and blood products.

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26.03.20

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.

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20.02.20

Annex 1: European Commission Publishes Revised Document

On 20 February, the European Commission published the long-awaited revision of Annex 1 Sterile Manufacturing of the EU GMP Guideline. The document is now entering a timely limited commentary phase.

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18.02.20

FDA publishes Questions and Answers on Pathogen Reduction in Blood Components

With their new questions and answers paper, the FDA wants to provide further information on the implementation of pathogen reduction techniques for blood establishments.

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18.02.20

Endotoxin and Pyrogen Testing - Challenges for Biotechnological and Biopharmaceutical Products

The introduction of alternative methods as, e.g., the Monocyte Activation Test, is a challenge for many laboratories.

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18.02.20

EMA/CHMP publishes new Q&A Document on Comparability Considerations for ATMPs

A document on the topic of comparability in the context of Changes and Variations at ATMP, published in December by the EMA, respectively the CAT, completes the series of guidelines and assistance around ATMP.

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17.02.20

Final Guideline on GCP for ATMPs published

The European Commission has now published the final Guideline GCP for ATMP as a further building block of its growing guidance package on  the requirements for Advanced Therapy Medicinal Products.

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06.11.19

General requirements for Plastics in Pharmaceutical Engineering

The main material used in plant engineering is stainless steel. The variant 316L is regarded as standard; material incompatibilities of steel with the product play almost no role. This is different for plastics. Beside the leach-out, ageing and surface finishing, other quality features are often specified. Now, what are the general requirements for plastics in pharmaceutical plant engineering?

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16.10.19

Japanese Pharmacopoeia - Draft Chapter of alternative Endotoxin Testing

The Japanese Pharnacopoe has published a new chapter draft of "Bacterial Endotoxins Test and alternative methods using recombinant protein-reagents for endotoxin assay" for comment.

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08.10.19

Evaluation of the Immunogenicity of Therapeutic Protein Products - FDA Scientists developed a new Tool

For the important assessment of possible immune responses to therapeutic protein drugs, FDA scientists developed a new mathematical tool to calculate the expected risk of producing antibodies against the biological drug.

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08.10.19

FDA publishes Q&A on Internal Standard Responses in Chromatography Bioanalysis

In support of sponsors, applicants and research institutions, the FDA examines in more detail the variability of internal standards in analytics and their consequences. The authority has now published a document entitled "Evaluation of Internal Standard Responses During Chromatographic Bioanalysis: Questions and Answers".

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08.10.19

ATMP from Third Countries - New Q&A Paper on Batch Release published

With a new Q&A document, the EMA has provided information on the release of Adavanved Therapy Medicinal Products (ATMP)  imported into the EU by the Qualified Person without batch re-testing.

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07.08.19

FDA's promotion for cell and tissue products - the TRG Rapid Inquiry Program (TRIP)

With an additional program to support manufacturers of cells, tissues and cell-based products, the FDA is trying to accelerate its promotion of the development of regenerative therapies.

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17.07.19

Do liquid, sterile medicinal products have to be particle-free?

According to the pharmacopoeias, parenteralia, i.e. sterile medicinal products for injection purposes, must be 100% visually inspected. In addition to damages to the primary container, the absence of particles has also to be checked. But do these medicinal products also have to be 100% free of particles? Read more here.

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