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15.04.24

Questions and Answers from the ECA Webinar "GDP Update 2024" - Part 1

Almost 100 participants attended the ECA Webinar "GDP Update 2024" in March. Many interesting aspects were discussed in the Q&A session. The speaker, Dr. Christian Grote-Westrick, has answered the questions in writing afterwards. We have compiled a selection of the questions and answers for you. You can read Part 1 here.

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15.04.24

Checklist for Implementation of GDP Principles - Part 6: Complaints, Returns, suspected falsified Medicinal Products and Medicinal Product Recalls

According to Chapter 6 of the EU GDP Guidelines, all complaints, returns, suspected falsified medicinal products and recalls must be recorded and handled carefully according to written procedures. In this article, you will find a checklist to verify the minimum implementation.

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10.04.24

APIC: Best Practices Guide for dealing with Suppliers

The "Best practices guide for managing suppliers of API manufacturers" was finalised by the "APIC Supplier Management Task Force" in March 2024 and is now available on the APIC website. It emerged from the document "Supplier Qualification and Management Guideline", which was first published in 2009, and now replaces it in its entirety.

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14.03.24

Where to find GDP Certificates and Wholesale Distributor Authorisations

The wholesale distribution of medicinal products requires a Wholesale Distribution Authorisation (WDA). But where actually to find reliable information on whether a particular company is in possession of such an authorisation or GDP certificate? Depending on the location of the company in question, certain databases are available for searching.

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14.03.24

Checklist for Implementation of GDP Principles - Part 5: Operations

According to Chapter 5 of the EU GDP Guidelines, all actions taken by wholesale distributors should ensure that the identity of the medicinal product is not lost and that the wholesale distribution of medicinal products is performed according to the information on the outer packaging. The wholesale distributor should use all means available to minimise the risk of falsified medicinal products entering the legal supply chain. In this article, you will find a checklist to verify the minimum implementation.

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14.03.24

Swissmedic publishes Technical Interpretation on Shipment under Quarantine

Swissmedic, the Swiss national authorisation and supervisory authority for drugs and medical products, has published a new document on "Shipment under Quarantine". It clarifies some situations in which a shipment under quarantine of active substances, intermediate drug products and finished drug products would be acceptable to inspectors.

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20.02.24

New Entries in the ECA Discussion Forum

The European GDP Association offers a Discussion Forum free of charge for its members. It gives you the opportunity to address your GDP-related questions to a large audience. Several interesting topics have been discussed over the last few weeks. To get an idea, take a look here.

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20.02.24

Abbreviations in the GDP Environment - Extended List

During GDP events organised by the ECA, the wish came up to compile a list of relevant abbreviations used in the GDP environment. The overview first published a few months ago has now been extended.

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20.02.24

Checklist for Implementation of GDP Principles - Part 4: Documentation

Chapter 4 of the EU GDP Guidelines points out that good documentation constitutes are an essential part of the quality system. In this article, you will find a checklist to verify the minimum implementation.

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24.01.24

GDP Non-Compliance Report for Austrian API Distributor

The Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety has entered a new GDP Non-Compliance Report into the EudraGMDP database. This affects an active substance (API) distributor.

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24.01.24

Falsified Medicines in the Legal Supply Chain

Falsified medicines do not meet the standards of safety, efficacy and quality as are required and may pose a serious risk to public and animal health. That is why the topic is explicitly addressed in the EU GDP guidelines. Despite all precautions, several examples have recently come to light in which counterfeit medicines have entered the legal supply chain. 

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24.01.24

Checklist for Implementation of GDP Principles - Part 3: Premises and Equipment

According to Chapter 3 of the EU GDP Guidelines, wholesale distributors must have suitable and adequate premises, installations and equipment, so as to ensure proper storage and distribution of medicinal products. In this article, you will find a checklist to verify the minimum implementation.

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24.01.24

The GDP Non-Compliance Reports of 2023 - An Overview

If the outcome of an inspection is that the wholesale distributor does not comply with Good Distribution Practice (GDP), a statement of non-compliance may be entered into EudraGMDP. As in previous years, we have prepared an overview of the GDP Non-Compliance Reports published in 2023 and the respective reasons for issuing these reports.

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17.01.24

Ozempic Falsification also in the US

Following the previously confirmed falsifications of Ozempic® batches in the EU drug supply chain, the FDA now warned consumers not to use counterfeit Ozempic® found in the US drug supply chain.

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20.12.23

US Track & Trace Guidance on Verification Systems

The FDA issued the final guidance on verification systems under the DSCSA. The document covers "suspect drug systems" that trading partners must have in place to detect and respond to suspect drugs and ultimately notify the FDA if needed.

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