Good Distribution Practices News

23.11.21

GDP for APIs used as Starting Materials in Veterinary Medicinal Products: Implementing Regulation (EU) 2021/1280 of 2 August 2021

The Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2021/1280 lays down the good distribution practices for active substances used as starting materials in veterinary medicinal products. It applies to importers, distributors, and manufacturers. The Regulation has been binding since August 2021 and is directly applicable in all Member States. We have summarised the most important requirements of the new Regulation.

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23.11.21

GDP Certificates and Wholesale Authorisations Automatically Extended until the End of 2022

In light of ongoing difficulties to conduct on-site GDP inspections due to restrictions arising from the COVID-19 pandemic, GDP certificates and time-limited wholesale authorisations for sites in the European Economic Area (EEA) are automatically extended until the end of 2022.

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23.11.21

Documents Accessible Free of Charge in the Member's Area of the European GDP Association

Do you know that many supporting documents are available free of charge in the member's area of the European GDP Association? To get an idea, take a look here.

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28.10.21

Recording of MHRA Supply Chain Webinar Available

On 13 August 2021, the Medicines & Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) held a webinar "Protecting the medicines supply chain from falsified medicines". A link to the recording and updated information addressing some key questions received during this webinar have now been published on the MHRA Inspectorate blog.

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28.10.21

Written GDP Training Programme: What does this mean in Practice?

Chapter 2 of the EU GDP Guidelines requires a written training programme. But what exactly does this mean and how can it be put into practice?

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28.10.21

Is it allowed to take personal medication into the storage area?

During several ECA events, the question came up whether it is allowed to take personal medication into the storage area.

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29.09.21

Serialization: Aide-Memoire for Pharmacies

The previously published Aide-Memoires for GDP and GMP Inspections regarding safety features are now accompanied by a third one: Aide-Memoire for Pharmacy Inspections. What are the obligations of persons authorized or entitled to supply medicinal products to the public?

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29.09.21

MHRA Guidance for the Supply of Medical Cannabis Products

The MHRA published an updated Guidance on manufacturing, importing, distributing and supplying of cannabis-based products for medicinal use. Amongst others, the MHRA will require a valid GMP certificate for the site of manufacture.

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28.09.21

Record Number of Fake Drugs seized during INTERPOL Operation

During an action week coordinated by INTERPOL against illegal internet trade checks led to the discovery of very large numbers of fake and illicit drugs. Overall the operation resulted in the seizure of around 9 million medical devices and illicit pharmaceuticals.

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28.09.21

Revised IPEC GDP Audit Guide for Pharmaceutical Excipients

The International Pharmaceutical Excipients Council Federation (IPEC Federation) announced the availability of the revised IPEC Good Distribution Practices Audit Guide for Pharmaceutical Excipients.

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28.09.21

Absence of Approved Storage Facilities leads to GDP Non-Compliance Report

The competent authority of Czechia has added a new GPD Non-Compliance Report into the EudraGMDP database. The report states that the company concerned does not provide approved storage facilities and the services of a qualified person are not ensured.

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28.09.21

Who does issue a GDP Certificate?

During various ECA training courses, the question came up who actually issues a GDP certificate and which companies can obtain such a document.

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02.09.21

GDP Non-Compliance Report for German Wholesale Distributor: RP is not Continuously Contactable

The competent authority of Germany has entered a new GPD Non-Compliance Report dated 21 July 2021 into the EudraGMDP database due to critical violations of GDP requirements. One of the reasons is that the Responsible Person (RP) does not fulfil the responsibilities personally and is not continuously contactable.

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02.09.21

New MHRA Inspectorate Blog GDP Post: Protecting the UK Medicines Supply Chain

One of the objectives of Good Distribution Practice (GDP) and an important aspect for distributors of medicinal products is preventing falsified medicines entering the legal supply chain. In this context, a new post, entitled "Too good to be true? How to play your part in protecting the UK medicines supply chain" has been published on the MHRA Inspectorate blog.

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02.09.21

European GDP Association publishes new Q&A Document

In October 2020, the ECA Academy offered the Live Online Training "The GDP Compliance Manager". During the Q&A sessions, many interesting questions were posed to the speakers' team. The European GDP Association has answered these questions and combined them in a Q&A document.

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