GMP News - Quality Assurance

01.09.21

FDA Warning Letter due to contaminated Hand Disinfectants

As a result of problems with contamination of hand disinfectants - like with Burkholderia cepacia, a manufacturer in the USA receives a Warning Letter from the FDA.

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01.09.21

Batch Documentation: who needs to review?

The Qualified Person (QP) often reviews the batch documentation personally prior to certification of a batch. But is the QP obliged to review the batch documentation?

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26.08.21

Clinical Trials: Application of the CTR confirmed as of 31 January 2022

It is official now: the EU Commission has confirmed the full functionality of the Clinical Trials Information System in the Official Journal of the EU. This means that the Clinical Trials Regulation 536/2014 (CTR) will become applicable on 31 January 2022. What are the GMP / GCP changes associated with this?

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26.08.21

What is Similarity?

The EMA published the final reflection paper on "Similarity". The paper shows how statistics should be used in drug development when a comparative assessment of quality attributes (QAs) needs to be made for pre- and post-manufacturing changes, biosimilar development as well as generics´ development.

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25.08.21

FDA: Warnings about Side Effects and Contamination with Hand Disinfectants

The FDA is warning against certain hand sanitizers because of side effects and contamination, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. The latest notifications concern alcohol-based hand sanitizers.

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25.08.21

Warning Letter regarding Insufficiencies Around Access Control

During an inspection the FDA found insufficiencies around access authorization. Read more about remediation activities required by the US FDA. 

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18.08.21

Audit Trail-Deviations in the course of Inspections

Computerised systems are also audited as part of inspections by the authorities. Klaus Feuerhelm, former GMP inspector at the Regierungspräsidium Tübingen, has compiled a TOP 3 list of the most frequent complaints for 2020 based on his inspections. TOP 1 on the list is the audit trail review. What deficiencies were found here?

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18.08.21

Medical Cannabis in Malta

Malta´s Medicines Authority issued a document which provides general guidance on medical cannabis production. According to the agency applications for medical cannabis production must be completed and the licence and EU-GMP certificate must be granted before production activities are carried out.

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11.08.21

FDA Analyses Products from Amazon and Finds Potentially Harmful Drug Ingredients

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has purchased different products intended for sexual enhancement and weight loss offered for sale on amazon's website. In subsequent laboratory analysis, it was determined that all tested products contain undeclared and potentially harmful drug ingredients. In a letter dated July 26, 2021, sent to Amazon CEO Andy Jassy, the FDA requires Amazon to take measures to prevent such violations in the future.

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11.08.21

Northern Ireland: EU continues to look for Solutions - with interesting Forms of Documents

Are you familiar with a "non-paper"? This is the name given by the EU Commission to a new document that describes proposed solutions for the practical handling of problems within the framework of the Northern Ireland Protocol.

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11.08.21

Deficient Cleaning and Transfer of a Non-Validated Manufacturing Process Lead to a Warning Letter

During an inspection of an Indian pharmaceutical manufacturer by the FDA, several serious deficiencies were discovered. For example, the cleaning of multipurpose equipment was criticised, and the transfer of a non-validated manufacturing process led to further complaints. Read more here.

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09.08.21

FDA Inspection Compliance Program for Combination Products

Combination products are products that are subject to different sets of regulations. Such products may, for example, consist of a drug and a medical device, or a biological component may be added. Because of the different product components, special monitoring procedures are required.

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04.08.21

Finally published: Reflection Paper on GMP and Marketing Authorisation Holders

In January 2020, EMA published a draft of a so-called reflection paper entitled "Good Manufacturing Practice and the Marketing Authorisation Holder". Now the final document has been published.

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04.08.21

US Congress is concerned about FDA Inspection Backlog

In a letter sent directly to Janet Woodcock, FDA, the Congress of the United States expresses its concerns about a backlog of pharmaceutical manufacturing facility inspections and human drug applications.

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29.07.21

New WHO Draft on GMP for IMPs

Last year the WHO published draft documents on "Good manufacturing practices for investigational products" and "Good practices for research and development facilities". After consolidation of comments received and review of feedback, revised versions of the two guidelines have now been published for a second round of public consultation. Read more about WHO´s revised guideline on GMP for IMPs.

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