GMP News - Validation


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?



Accuracy, Specificity and Reproducibility of Analytical Test Methods in the Focus of a FDA Warning Letter

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a warning letter to an American manufacturer of OTC drug products. Among others, the analytical test methods had not been validated for accuracy, specificity, and reproducibility. Further violations concern the process validation and OOS investigations.



FDA Warning Letter: Deviation from USP Compendial Methods

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a Warning Letter to an American manufacturer. The firm produces a United States Pharmacopeia (USP) article. The core problem was that the company deviated from the USP for analytical testing, but could not adequately demonstrate that the method is equivalent or better than the current USP compendial method.



New FDA Draft Guidance "Cybersecurity in Medical Devices"

On 8 April 2022, the FDA published a new draft guidance "Cybersecurity in Medical Devices..." to replace the previous guidance from 2014. Why did the FDA publish this draft?



FDA Warning Letter: Testing into Compliance using Unvalidated Test Methods

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has published a new Warning Letter to an American drug manufacturer. The company retested failing lots with unvalidated test methods until passing results were obtained. Other deficiencies concern the cleaning validation, the stability program and HPLC data integrity.



Product Transfer: Is a Transfer Plan a required GMP Document?

A frequently asked question in courses on product / technology transfer is: Is a transfer plan a required GMP document?



Process Validation Deficiencies from the FDA's Perspective - Statistics for Fiscal Year 2021

In our News on FDA Warning Letter Statistics for the fiscal year 2021 (October 2020 - September 2021) you could read that deficiencies for process validation are on place 5. But what deficiencies did the FDA find in process validation?



Remote Data Acquisition in Clinical Trials

The FDA provides recommendations for sponsors, investigators, and other interested parties on the use of digital health technology for remote data acquisition in clinical trials. What is required regarding software validation and electronic documents?



Turning Nasal Drops into Eye Drops - not a good Idea from the FDA's Point of View

In a Warning Letter, the FDA criticises eye drops from a Chinese manufacturer for not being manufactured under sterile conditions. The manufacturer argues that it made the eye drops under non-sterile conditions as nasal drops. Of course, the FDA did not accept this argumentation. Citing the FDA Aseptic Guide, the Warning Letter shows what the FDA considers to be the state of the art in aseptic manufacturing.



Draft revision of ICH Q9 Quality Risk Management Guideline published

Since 2005 at the latest, the topic of quality risk management has dominated almost the entire GMP sector. At that time, the corresponding ICH Q9 guideline was published as "Step 4". Now the draft of a planned revision has been published. What could be in store?


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