Good Distribution Practices News

19.01.21

Distribution of Temperature-Sensitive Pharmaceuticals: Requirements according to the EU GDP-Guidelines

With the approvals of various COVID-19 vaccines in many countries, the question arises how to safely transport the serum from the production sites to the storage and distribution centres and then on to the local vaccination centres. However, this question does not only arise for COVID-19 vaccines, but also any other temperature-sensitive product in general. The EU GDP-Guidelines contain some specific requirements for temperature-sensitive products in this regard.

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19.01.21

New MHRA Inspectorate Blog GDP Post: Be aware of Fake Websites when Qualifying New Customers and Suppliers Using Online Resources

Qualification and re-qualification of suppliers and customers are a fundamental part of Good Distribution Practice (GDP). Using online resources and publicly available databases is established as a standard requirement during this process. But relying (only) on information that is easily available to everyone may involve a high risk. In this context, a new post, entitled “Qualifications of suppliers and customers online: reliable or fake news?” has been published in the MHRA Inspectorate blog.

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17.12.20

Non-Compliance Report for German Wholesale Distributor Published

The competent authority of Germany has entered a new GPD Non-Compliance Report into the EudraGMDP database due to the discovery of serious GDP non-compliance at a German wholesale distributor.

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18.11.20

Brexit: Phased Process for implementing Medicines Regulation in Northern Ireland

An agreed approach had been reached on a phased process for implementing medicines regulation in Northern Ireland up to 31 December 2021.

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04.11.20

Labelling and Packaging Flexibilities for Covid-19 Vaccines

To facilitate the rapid deployment of the vaccine the European Commission (EC) recently published a document regarding labelling and packaging flexibilities for COVID-19 vaccines.

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04.11.20

Can Cannabis be Imported into the EU without GMP Certification?

The answer to this question is: It depends. Recently, medical cannabis grown in a non-EU-GMP-certified facility in Uruguay became available on the German market.

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29.10.20

FDA Guidance for Industry concerning Wholesale Distributor Verification Requirement for Saleable Returned Drug Products published

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has published the final guidance for industry entitled "Wholesale Distributor Verification Requirement for Saleable Returned Drug Product and Dispenser Verification Requirements When Investigating a Suspect or Illegitimate Product—Compliance Policies".

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29.10.20

Swissmedic publishes Information concerning an official Warning from Brazil regarding Falsified Medicinal Product

The Swissmedic has been informed by the Brazilian Health Regulatory Agency ANVISA that Brazil has suspended all imports of medicinal products from three Turkish wholesalers. In this regard, an information for Swiss companies was published.

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28.10.20

Brexit: MHRA updates Guidance

MHRA has issued/ updated a set of guidance documents for UK companies, which will also have impact on EU companies supplying medicines into UK.

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28.10.20

Track and Trace: What to do with Recalls?

When complying with the requirements of the Anti-Counterfeiting Directive, the status message "recall" for recalled batches is of great relevance for the entire supply chain. What has to be considered here?

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06.10.20

ECA GDP Association represented at 5th Annual International GDP Conference in Serbia

The "5th Annual International Conference - Good Distribution Practice" organised by the Quality Association of Serbia was held in Belgrade, Serbia on 26th September 2020. The Director of Regulatory Affairs and Communications, Prabjeet Dulai, was invited by the Program Committee to represent the ECA GDP Association and give the introductory session, aptly titled "The Power of Building Relationships - role of the European GDP Association."

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06.10.20

Brexit: Acting as a Responsible Person (import) (RPi)

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has recently published a Guidance called "Acting as a Responsible Person (import) from 1 January 2021". The guidance describes the role of the Responsible Person (import) (RPi) and how to become a RPi.

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30.09.20

Drug Shortages: a European Solution at Last?

The European Parliament wants the European Union to become more independent with regard to pharmaceuticals and medical devices. A report on this has now been developed and adopted.

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30.09.20

What happens when Product is delivered before Release?

A Warning Letter was sent to a company who shipped product without a release.

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14.09.20

Corona: What measures have Governments taken in the Life Sciences Sector?

Governments have been implementing different emergency measures in the fight against the current pandemic. Now an overview of the various measures in the EMEA region has been published.

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