The "Access Consortium", a consortium of the regulatory authorities from Australia (TGA), Canada (HBFB), Switzerland (Swissmedic), Singapore (HSA) and now also the United Kingdom (MHRA), published a three-year plan regarding planned common approaches and goals.
EDQM updates Guidance for Electronic Submission of CEP Applications
In July 2021, the EDQM (European Directorate for the Quality of Medicines & HealthCare) renewed the document "Guidance for electronic submissions for Certificates of Suitability (CEP) applications" and published it on the related website on 01 September 2021.
New FDA Draft Guidance for Industry on Bioequivalence Studies
The FDA has published a draft guidance for industry entitled “Bioequivalence Studies With Pharmacokinetic Endpoints for Drugs Submitted Under an ANDA.” The document provides recommendations to applicants planning to include bioequivalence (BE) information in abbreviated new drug applications (ANDAs) and ANDA supplements. The FDA recommends that in vivo BE studies are accompanied by in vitro dissolution profiles. Under certain circumstances, BE can be evaluated alone by using in vitro approaches (e.g., dissolution testing).
Consultation on Amendments on Pharmacovigilance Activities
A targeted stakeholder consultation on amendments to Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 520/2012 on pharmacovigilance activities has been published on the EC website. The Regulation outlines the practical details on the performance of pharmacovigilance activities to be respected by MAHs, national competent authorities and the EMA.
Signal Management: EMA and EC agree to further extend the Pilot
The EMA and the European Commission have agreed to further extend the pilot on signal detection in EudraVigilance by marketing authorization holders until the end of 2022. MAHs with APIs included in the EMA list of active substances and combinations involved in the pilot should continue to monitor them in EudraVigilance.
ICH publishes Guideline Q13 on Continuous Production
End of July 2022, the ICH (International Council for Harmonisation) published the draft guideline on continuous manufacturing, which had been awaited for two years. In addition to batch definitions, the document describes three different continuous manufacturing approaches and provides guidance on control strategy and approval issues.
EMA and FDA update Principles for Parallel Scientific Advice in the Marketing Authorization Process
Scientific advice and recommendations from regulatory authorities are usually of great benefit for specific medicines in the development phase. The principles for this have recently been updated by the U.S. and European regulatory authorities. Read here how parallel scientific advice from the EMA and the FDA works and what benefits it brings to the approval process.
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?
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.
Near infrared (NIR) analytical procedures are widely used in the pharmaceutical industry for identification testing and assay measurements and for monitoring and controlling manufacturing processes. In this context, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has published a new Guidance for Industry entitled Development and Submission of Near Infrared Analytical Procedures.
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.
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.
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.
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.