In the EudraGMDP database, results of European inspectors are published in so-called Non-Compliance Reports. In the period October-November 2022, there were two reports in the area of GMP, both of which were issued due to cross contamination.
USP Proposes to Add Flexibility in the Selection of Parenteral Packaging
To help address concerns about the supply of glass vials, the USP intends to revise the packaging and storage statements in several USP monographs for parenteral products which currently prescribe a specific type of glass.
European Commission: Canada Part of the "White List" ?
Furthermore, the "Falsified Medicine Directive (2011/62/EU)" requires a "Written Confirmation" for the import of active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) from third countries. The APIs imported from countries on the so-called "White List" are an exception to this. In future, Canada will also be listed on this "White List".
The EDQM (European Directorate for the Quality of Medicines & HealthCare) has adopted the document "Management of CEP guidelines and operational documents for the CEP procedure" by the end of 2022 and has now published it on its website. This document explains the new process for the development of supporting documentation related to CEPs (Certificate of Suitability of Monographs of the European Pharmacopoeia).
Does Heating in a Vaporizer Reduce the Microbial Load in Cannabis?
There is currently an ongoing discussion about the microbiological quality requirements for medical Cannabis depending on the route of administration. To move forward authors from the FDA recently published an article about a microbiological study of bulk Cannabis.
FDA Warning Letter caused by Lab Data Integrity issues
In December 2022, the U.S. FDA issued a Warning Letter to the Brazilian company "Nortec Quimica SA" after having inspected its site in Rio de Janeiro in July 2022. Significant violations of cGMP regulations for Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (APIs) are listed and a long list of Data Integrity remedation activies is required.
FDA publishes Lists of planned Medical Device Guidances 2023
In October 2022, the Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) published a list of new guidances planned for fiscal year 2023 (1 October 2022 - 30 September 2023), as well as older guidances to be reviewed for topicality. What is planned?
Risk Analyses do not always help - Example of Cross-Contamination
With ICH Q9 Quality Risk Management becoming effective, risk analyses have become the "magic word" in the GMP environment. But risk analyses do not always help. An example of this can be found in an FDA Warning Letter on the subject of cross-contamination.
EMA/CMDh: Update of the Q&A Document on Nitrosamines
The Q&A document "Questions and answers for marketing authorisation holders/applicants on the CHMP Opinion for the Article 5(3) of Regulation (EC) No 726/2004 referral on nitrosamine impurities in human medicinal products", which was jointly prepared by the EMA and the CMDh, has been updated and the latest version published on the EMA website.
EMA revises Q&A Documents on the Topic of "Centralised Procedures"
In December 2022, the "Questions & Answers (Q&A)" documents relating to centralised marketing authorisation procedures were again revised and published on the website of the European Medicines Agency (EMA). The Q&A catalogues, which can be used by marketing authorisation holders and applicants of centralised procedures, provide answers to possible questions at the different stages of the centralised marketing authorisation application process.