GMP News - Validation


Cleaning in 6th Place in the FDA Warning Letter Statistics

The ECA regularly provides evaluations of the FDA Warning Letters per fiscal year. In 6th place in the fiscal year 2022 (Oct. 2021 - Sept. 2022) are deficiencies regarding the topic of cleaning/cleaning validation. What was found?



Revision of the EU GMP Guide Annex 11 "Computerised Systems" - Presentation of Concept Paper

The current EU GMP Annex 11 "Computerised Systems" was published in 2011. Due to new technological and regulatory developments, a forthcoming revision of Annex 11 has been discussed for some time. On 16 November 2022, the EMA published a concept paper for public comment. Which points are to be revised?



Temperature Mapping for the Qualification of Storage Areas

In the Pharmacopeial Forum, PF 48(5), a stimuli article entitled "The Use of Temperature Mapping for the Qualification of Storage Areas for the Proper Temperature Storage of Drug Products" was published.



Cloud Computing: What is the meaning of Iaas / PaaS / SaaS / XaaS?

Financial and organizational advantages also speak for the use of cloud services in the pharmaceutical environment. However, potential risks and regulatory restrictions should be known. Nine experts from industry and regulatory authorities answer an extensive catalog of questions from various topic areas. Question 1: What is the meaning of IaaS / PaaS / SaaS / XaaS?



FDA Warning Letter for Chinese OTC Hand Sanitizer Drug Products Manufacturer

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a Warning Letter to a Chinese manufacturer. The FDA blames the company in question for a whole series of GMP violations, including to identity testing, cleaning and maintenance of equipment, microbial testing and QU oversight.



How to react to Deficiencies after an FDA Inspection?

GMP deficiencies are often identified during FDA inspections. Responding to an FDA deficiency report is important, otherwise a Warning Letter may be issued. But how should one respond?



Manufacturing medicinal and non-pharmaceutical Products on the same Equipment - is that possible?

Is it possible to manufacture medicinal and non-pharmaceutical products on the same equipment? The FDA objects to this manufacturing practice.



FDA Requirements for the "Worst Case" Product during Cleaning Validation

Bracketing approaches are certainly allowed in the context of cleaning validation. First, for the products themselves, so that a "worst case" substance can be used for validation, second, for devices of the same design, the effort can be reduced by bracketing. In this way, a device can be selected. So how to define these "worst cases"? Read more here about FDA's view on this.



Guidance for Industry on the Topic of Cross-Contamination

The topic cross-contamination is very important in the GMP environment. For example, Chapter 5 of the EU GMP Guide was adapted in this regard a few years ago. Annex 15 also paid more attention to the topic with the 2015 revision. However, the topic is also an issue in the USA.



FDA also does not accept creative Arguments for Lack of Validation

In the GMP rules there are many undefined terms, such as regular, adequate, etc. Inspection reports that interpret these undefined legal terms sometimes help here. In this case it is about insufficient process validation. What happened?



FDA publishes ICH Q9 Draft Document

Since the end of last year, the ICH Q9 document on quality risk management has been in stage 2 of the ICH process for publishing ICH documents as a draft revision 1. Now, the draft document has also been published by the FDA on its website and is available for comments.  



Data Integrity Problems as Main Topic of an FDA Warning Letter

Data integrity is still one of the major topics in FDA inspections. Missing controls to ensure the integrity of electronic data as well as inadequate access controls were some of the reasons why a Warning Letter to American company Vi-Jon was issued.



GAMP®5 2nd Edition released!

At the end of July 2022, the GAMP organization has published the 2nd Edition of GAMP® 5. What are the main changes and developments compared to the previous version, which has been available since 2008?



Interpretation of 21 CFR 211.67 Cleaning of Equipment

The US-American GMP regulations for medicinal products are laid down in 21 CFR 211. Section 21 CFR 211.67 requires the establishment of and adherence to written instructions regarding the cleaning and maintenance of equipment. What is exactly meant by this?



Validation of Mixing Uniformity also required for Active Ingredients

The issue of mixing uniformity has been a validation-required topic in the field of solids for years. This is even explicitly required in the US regulations (21 CFR 211.110). In a recent Warning Letter, requirements for the mixing uniformity of an active ingredient were also addressed. What did the FDA criticise?


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