Good Distribution Practices News

12.05.22

GDP-relevant Documents from FDA and USP Currently in Commenting Process

Currently, several GDP-relevant documents from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the United States Pharmacopeia (USP) are in the commenting process. We have prepared an overview.

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12.05.22

RP for GDP: Which Duties can be Delegated?

The area of responsibility of the Responsible Person for Good Distribution Practice is quite extensive. Therefore, the question arises which tasks actually have to be performed personally and which duties can be delegated.

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12.05.22

FDA posts Webinar on Proposed Rule for the Licensure of WDDs and 3PLs

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has posted a webinar on the proposed rule "National Standards for the Licensure of Wholesale Drug Distributors (WDDs) and Third-Party Logistics Providers (3PLs)". The webinar aims to help stakeholders submit comments and understand the proposed changes.

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10.05.22

Are You Recall Ready?

The FDA finalized the guidance on voluntary recalls to help industry initiate prompt recalls of violative products. The guidance covers voluntary recalls of drugs, devices, biological products, food, cosmetics and tobacco products.

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05.05.22

Update of the EMA Q&As on parallel Distribution of Medicinal Products

The so-called "Frequently asked questions about parallel distribution" for centrally authorised medicinal products were updated in April 2022 and published on the EMA website.

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21.04.22

Overview of the Incoterms Rules

The Incoterms rules are frequently used in international and domestic contracts. In this article, you will get an overview of the Incoterms 2020 and their meaning.

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21.04.22

MHRA Releases New Version of the Green Guide

The 2022 edition of the Rules and Guidance for Pharmaceutical Distributors (the "Green Guide"), compiled by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), was published. It provides an authoritative source of European good distribution practices and UK guidance, information and UK legislation on these activities.

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21.04.22

MHRA Releases Recording of the Medicines Supply to Northern Ireland Webinar

On either 02 or 03 February 2022, interested parties could take part in a live webinar of the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) on Medicines Supply to Northern Ireland. A recording of the webinar, excluding the Q&A sessions, was now published.

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13.04.22

US Track & Trace Requirements

The FDA has issued a questions and answers document to assist industry and State and local governments in understanding the effects of the Uniform National Policy on drug product tracing.

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23.03.22

Version 19 of the Q&As on Safety Features

The European Commission published a new version of the Questions & Answers (Q&As) regarding the safety features for medicinal products for human use. Do the UIs of reference and retention samples taken from stock have to be decommissioned?

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17.03.22

GDP for Active Substances used as Starting Materials in Veterinary Medicinal Products: Obligation to Perform Audits

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has updated its list of questions and answers on the GMP/GDP guidelines. The newly added chapter deals with the requirements for active substances used as starting materials in veterinary medicinal products. Among other things, it is clarified that the Veterinary Medicines Regulation requires manufacturers and importers of veterinary medicinal products to perform audits based on a risk-assessment on the manufacturers, distributors and importers from whom they source the active substances.

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17.03.22

How often should GDP Self-Inspections be performed?

According to the GDP guidelines, regular self-inspections should be performed. But what is considered as an appropriate regular interval?

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17.03.22

U.S. Pharmaceutical Distribution Supply Chain: Revised Draft Guidance on Verification Systems

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a revised draft guidance entitled Verification Systems Under the Drug Supply Chain Security Act for Certain Prescription Drugs. This document addresses the verification systems that manufacturers, repackagers, wholesale distributors, and dispensers must have in place.

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15.02.22

Proposed Rule for the Licensure of WDDs and 3PLs published

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced the availability of the proposed rule National Standards for the Licensure of Wholesale Drug Distributors (WDDs) and Third-Party Logistics Providers (3PLs). According to the agency, the proposed rule, when finalized, would provide greater assurance that supply chain participants are sufficiently vetted and qualified to distribute prescription drugs, further strengthening the supply chain.

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15.02.22

GDP Non-Compliance Report due to GDP Violations concerning RP, Supplier Qualification, Operations and Trading

The competent authority of Germany (Bezirksregierung Köln) has entered a new GPD Non-Compliance Report dated 18 January 2022 into the EudraGMDP database.

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