GMP News - Quality Assurance

31.03.21

MHRA starts combined Distant / On-Site Inspections

The UK Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) is launching a sensible and likely workable approach to resuming domestic inspections - a combination of distant and on-site inspections.

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24.03.21

Cannabis Glossary and GACP Revision

EMA´s Committee on Herbal Medicinal Products published the 2021 HMPC Work plan. Amongst others the HMPC plans to establish a Cannabis glossary and to revise the GACP guidelines.

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24.03.21

Sartan Medicinal Products: EMA's Assesment Report defines Nitrosamine Limits and Reporting Deadlines

In a final assessment report, the CHMP has published recommendations for marketing authorisation holders of medicinal products containing sartan. Read more here about the requirements for limit values of nitrosamine impurities and for risk assessments, as well as the deadlines to be met.

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24.03.21

New THC Threshold for Hemp Products

The German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment has issued a new statement recommending that the assessment of hemp-based food products be based on the EFSA-derived acute reference dose of 1 microgram Δ9-THC/kg body weight.

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23.03.21

Brexit: Pharmacovigilance Requirements for UK MAHs

The MHRA posted an updated guidance to become familiar with the pharmacovigilance requirements for UK marketing authorization holders.

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17.03.21

EU accepts MHRA inspections

The EMA has updated its Q&A document on the implementation of the Protocol on Ireland and Northern Ireland and clarified the recognition of inspections.

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17.03.21

FDA stops another Delivery of Hand Sanitizer at the US Border

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has once again stopped a delivery of hand sanitizers with too low alcohol content. The Mexican manufacturer received a Warning Letter.

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11.03.21

What is the FDA's Position on Concurrent Validation?

In the FDA Guidance for Industry on process validation, there is also a short section on concurrent validation. Concurrent validation should be used rarely, but may be possible if, for example, products are manufactured infrequently or medically necessary products are needed for short-term market supply. A recent Warning Letter underlines the guideline's statement that concurrent validation should be used rarely.

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09.03.21

European Anti-Fraud Office warns against Fraudsters Offering COVID-19 Vaccines

The European Anti-Fraud Office (Office européen de lutte antifraude - OLAF) has warned governments from dubious offers to provide them with COVID-19 vaccines.

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03.03.21

How to Characterize Viscoelastic Properties of Semisolids

The USP General Chapters - Physical Analysis Expert Committee revised the general chapter <1912> Measurement of Hardness of Semisolids. Amongst others, a definition for "yield stress" has been added.

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03.03.21

Ph. Eur. Adopts New General Chapter on Contaminant Pyrrolizidine Alkaloids

The Ph. Eur. Commission adopted a new Ph. Eur. general chapter on contaminant pyrrolizidine alkaloids. The chapter will be implemented on 1 January 2022.

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03.03.21

FDA criticises Supplier Qualification in Warning Letter

Although the FDA currently conducts virtually no inspections, Warning Letters continue to be issued; in January, for example, to a pharmaceutical manufacturer in Florida.

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24.02.21

FDA Requirements regarding Quality Assurance

Many of the requirements laid down in the US-American GMP regulations (21 CFR 210/211) are not very specific. However, they are concretized among other things by Guidances - and by Warning Letters. Warning Letters in particular show very clearly how the FDA interprets its GMP regulations. A current Warning Letter provides information on the tasks of the Quality Assurance Unit.

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24.02.21

FDA stops Hand Sanitizers with too low Alcohol Content at the US Border

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) pays close attention to what is inside hand sanitizer products imported into the United States. Recently, a product labeled as containing 75% ethanol, but in fact contained only 58%, was detained and refused admission at the border. As a consequence, the Chinese manufacturer received a Warning Letter.

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23.02.21

Can the Water Activity Test replace Microbial Testing?

According to the USP no microbiological testing of low water activity pharmaceutical products may be needed after a comprehensive risk assessment. The USP therefore revised the general chapter <1112> Role of Water Activity in Microbial Risk Assessment of Nonsterile Pharmaceutical Products.

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