GMP News - Validation


ALCOA+ - what does it mean?

When we talk about data and data integrity, we always talk about ALCOA+. But what is hidden behind this abbreviation and do you really understand the implications?



New Version of WHO Guidelines on Process Transfer Published as a Draft

The WHO has recently published a new version of its guidelines on the transfer of technology as a draft. Many new chapters have been added to the previous document.



FDA Warning Letter for Colombian API manufacturer

In April 2021, the U.S. FDA issued a Warning Letter to a Colombian API manufacturer due to significant violations of cGMP regulations for Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (APIs).



APIC: Update of the "Cleaning Validation" Guide for APIs

The new version of APIC's document "GUIDANCE ON ASPECTS OF CLEANING VALIDATION IN ACTIVE PHARMACEUTICAL INGREDIENT PLANTS" was finalised in February 2021 and is now available.



FDA Warning Letter to Mexican Manufacturer based on Review of Documents

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently published a Warning Letter to a Mexican firm whose facility is registered as a manufacturer of over-the-counter (OTC) drug products in the United States. The Warning Letter is not based on inspection findings from an onsite audit but on the review of documents that the company was required to send at the request of the FDA. The FDA found different serious deficiencies based on the submitted documents.



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.



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.



Distribution of Temperature-Sensitive Pharmaceuticals: Requirements according to the EU GDP-Guidelines

With the approvals of various COVID-19 vaccines in many countries, the question arises how to safely transport the serum from the production sites to the storage and distribution centres and then on to the local vaccination centres. However, this question does not only arise for COVID-19 vaccines, but also any other temperature-sensitive product in general. The EU GDP-Guidelines contain some specific requirements for temperature-sensitive products in this regard.



ICH Q9 Risk Management to be Revised

Since 2005, the ICH Guideline Q9 has been the state of the art when it comes to quality risk management (QRM) in the GMP environment. Now it is to be revised. What is planned?



FDA Warning Letter: No Adequate Quality Unit, Laboratory Controls, Sampling Plans, and Stability Program

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently sent a warning letter to a US over-the-counter (OTC) drug manufacturer due to significant violations of current good manufacturing practice (CGMP) regulations for finished pharmaceuticals.



Cloud Computing: Regulations for the Return Transmission of Data in the Event of Business Discontinuation

The issue of data integrity generates a multitude of questions. Current questions are addressed in a loose sequence of News. Question 10: What regulations must be in place to ensure that in case of business discontinuation (insolvency) of a cloud service provider, the data is completely returned to the client?



The Influence of Process Changes on Process Validation

What influence can process changes have on process validation? A current FDA Warning Letter provides information on this.



FDA Warning Letter for not Adequately Testing Components prior to Use in the Manufacture

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a Warning Letter to a Mexican manufacturer. According to the FDA, the firm did not adequately validate the process and qualify the equipment used to manufacture the drug products. Furthermore, the company did not adequately test components prior to use in the manufacture of drug products destined for the US market.



ECA Good Practice Guide Integrated Qualification and Validation - Final Version

A Task Force with members from the pharmaceutical industry, plant manufacturers and engineering companies has created the ECA Guide. The Guide was designed based on the requirements of EU GMP Annex 15 and supplemented by aspects of ASTM Guide 2500. The Annexes are very important for the applicability of the Good Practice Guide. They contain sample documents and templates that are successfully used in the pharmaceutical industry and in plant engineering and construction. Read more about the Guide in the GMP Journal Article.



What do Authorities expect from Cleaning in the GMP Area?

Cleaning is an important process step in the field of pharmaceutical production. So what are the requirements for GMP-compliant cleaning from the perspective of the authorities? A current FDA Warning Letter provides information on this.


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