Good Distribution Practices News

09.09.20

Swissmedic resumes Inspections

Swissmedic has announced that inspections will again be carried out on site, provided that appropriate protective measures are observed.

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02.09.20

EU: Checklist for Brexit Preparation

The European Commission has published a 'Brexit Readiness Checklist' for companies doing business with the UK.

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25.08.20

European GDP Association nominates new Board Member

The European GDP Association, representing more than 2,200 professionals from across the globe, has extended its Board. Emil Schwan was invited to join the Board and accepted his nomination.

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25.08.20

GDP Monograph for Active Substances: Interactive PDF now available

The "Good Distribution Practice for Active Substances Guidance on interpretation and implementation" has been published recently as a joint publication of the ECA Foundation's GDP Association and the Pharmaceutical Quality Group of the Chartered Quality Institute. An interactive PDF of the document is now accessible free of charge in the member's area of the European GDP Association.

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11.08.20

New Post in the MHRA Inspectorate Blog on Quality Risk Management in GDP

Quality Risk Management (QRM) is a fundamental requirement in the Good Distribution Practice (GDP) environment. It is applicable to a variety of activities and processes, such as temperature mapping studies, supplier qualification, deviations, and change control. In this context, a new post, entitled "A Practical example of applying Quality Risk Management in GDP - Transportation Risks", has been published in the MHRA Inspectorate blog.

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11.08.20

The Responsible Person: What are the Key Elements which should be covered a Job Description?

The EU-GDP Guidelines require that wholesale distributors have to appoint a responsible person (RP) for GDP. A written job description of the responsible person should define their authority to take decisions with regard to their responsibilities. But what are the elements which should be covered in such a job description?

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08.07.20

Distant Assessment leads to GMP Non-Compliance Report

The Austrian competent authority has published a Statement of Non-Compliance with GMP to an Austrian manufacturer after a distance assessment. The Manufacturing Authorisation was now revoked.

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01.07.20

New GDP Monograph for Active Substances published

The Good Distribution Practice for Active Substances Guidance on interpretation and implementation has been published as a joint publication of the ECA Foundation's GDP Association and the Pharmaceutical Quality Group of the Chartered Quality Institute.

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24.06.20

FDA Warning Letter for Canadian Drugmaker - HPLC and Data Integrity in the Focus

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recently published a Warning Letter to a Canadian over-the-counter (OTC) drug producer. During an inspection, the FDA found significant violations of current good manufacturing practice (CGMP), including data integrity issues related to HPLC analysis.

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24.06.20

Pharmaceutical Associations underline Importance of MRA with UK

Several European pharmaceutical associations are calling on the EU to give priority to access to medicines in the ongoing Brexit negotiations. Specifically, they are calling for an MRA.

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16.06.20

Outsourced Activities in the GDP Environment: When is a Contract necessary and what Aspects should be covered?

Many transport services in the distribution and supply of medicinal products are carried out by external logistics service providers, and also other activities in the GDP environment are often outsourced. In this context, the question arises in which cases it is necessary to sign a Technical/Quality Agreement, which regulatory requirements apply, and which aspects should be covered in such an agreement.

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16.06.20

COVID-19: Further Update of the Q&A document

The European Commission (EC), the Heads of Medicines Agencies (HMA) and the European Medicines Agency (EMA) have published the second revision of the common document "Questions And Answers On Regulatory Expectations For Medicinal Products For Human Use During The Covid-19 Pandemic". The update includes several new questions and answers from the GDP area, for example on the adaptations to the work of the Responsible Person (RP) and the use of equipment or newly authorised premises for storage and distribution with limited prospective qualification.

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10.06.20

Seizure and Prison for Owner of Immuno Biotec

After a 15-month prison sentence, the owner of Immuno Biotech is now threatened with the seizure of GBP 1.4 million in connection with the manufacture, sale and supply of an unlicensed drug.

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26.05.20

COVID-19: How to manage temporary GDP Process Changes and Risks

The UK Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has recently published a post on temporary changes in Good Distribution Practice (GDP) in the MHRA Inspectorate Blog.

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26.05.20

COVID-19: Update of the Q&A document - Validity of GDP Certificates and Wholesale Authorisations

The European Commission (EC), the Heads of Medicines Agencies (HMA) and the European Medicines Agency (EMA) have published the first revision of the common document "Questions And Answers On Regulatory Expectations For Medicinal Products For Human Use During The Covid-19 Pandemic". The update includes a question on GDP certificates and wholesale authorisations.

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