GMP News - Validation

09.01.19

Process Validation: The Impact of Equipment Change

In a previous News you could already read about the cleaning issues at a US-American pharmaceutical company. Now, the Warning Letter issued provides much more information - also with regard to process validation.

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19.12.18

British Regulatory Authority MHRA criticises Cross Contamination Issue

The publication of EMA's "Guideline on setting health based exposure limits for use in risk identification in the manufacture of different medicinal products in shared facilities" and the related Q&A documents have given the topic cross contamination a greater importance.

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19.12.18

Cross Contamination: One of FDA's Current Issues

In a current Warning Letter from November 2018, the FDA criticised insufficient cleaning validation and verification at a pharmaceutical manufacturer. They referred to 21 CFR 211.67 (a). What was the reason for this?

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03.12.18

PIC/S gives ECA the Opportunity to comment on PI 041-1 (Draft 3) - Data Integrity

The Pharmaceutical Inspection Co-operation Scheme as international association of pharmaceutical inspectors is currently elaborating a document on data integrity. This document was published for comment on 30 November 2018. Among others, the ECA Foundation has been given the opportunity by the PICS to comment on this third draft by 28 February 2019. Read more about the new draft 3 of PI 041-1 "Good Practices for Data Management and Data Integrity in regulated GMP/GDP Environments".

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03.12.18

British Authority MHRA provides Interpretation on Cleaning Validation

With the introduction of the Permitted Daily Exposure (PDE) values in conjunction with questions on cross contamination and on cleaning validation, the EMA began a new chapter a few years ago. This is a complex issue and it caused uncertainty within the industry. Insofar, the EMA brought a subsequent Q&A document. This is being interpreted by the British Regulatory Authority MHRA with regard to inspection results.

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28.11.18

Qualification of Identical Pieces of Equipment: is a Bracketing Approach acceptable?

Again and again, the question arises as to whether a bracketing approach - i.e. selective skipping of individuals tests - may be used for the qualification of identical pieces of equipment. Can the answer to the question whether or not to skip individual tests be found in Part IV of the EU GMP Guide?

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14.11.18

USP article on pharmaceutical continuous manufacturing

In the latest edition of the Pharmacopoeial Forum 44(6), the US pharmacopoeia USP has published a so-called Stimuli Article on pharmaceutical continuous manufacturing. Apart from important definitions, the document contains further information on material properties and characteristics as well as risk management approaches for continuous manufacturing.

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07.11.18

Current Questions on Validation of Blend Uniformity - Stratified Sampling

Validating blend uniformity is a decisive factor for the validation of solid dosage forms. In Europe, there are no regulatory provisions for this. This is different in the USA: the 21 Code of Federal Regulation (CFR) 211.110 requires the regular assessment of the adequacy of mixing.

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31.10.18

New Top Lecture available - FDA´s Thinking about Modern Qualification and Validation

What is the FDA´s current thinking with regard to Modern Qualification and Validation? You will find out in a recent lecture from FDA Director Grace McNally.

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02.10.18

How did the EMA Q&A Document on the use of PDE Values come about?

In June you could already read about the Q&As of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) on the use of PDE (HBEL) values in connection with cross contaminations and cleaning validation. The EMA has now published a report which describes how these questions and answers came into being.

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05.09.18

Non-Compliance Report for Indian API manufacturer

During an inspection in March 2018, the French competent authority discovered various GMP violations at the site of an Indian manufacturer. Learn more about the Non-Compliance Report issued on behalf of the EMA.

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05.09.18

Are you familiar with the Verification Guide ASTM E 2500?- ECA Modern Qualification Survey Results

Last week part I of ECA´s survey about "Modern Qualification" was published. In the following you will find further results of ECA's survey on modern qualification.

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29.08.18

FAT & SAT not frequently used as Part of Qualification - ECA Modern Qualification Survey Results

The ECA set up a survey to find out to what extent qualification and validation programmes are integrated as actually made possible by the EU Annex 15 and the FDA Process Validation guide – and to what extent suppliers are involved. Read more about the Qualification/Validation Survey results.

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22.08.18

Data integrity still in the focus of FDA: new warning letter to Japanese API manufacturer

The topics data and data integrity are still in the focus in FDA inspections. Find out more about the details of a warning letter to Japanese API manufacturer Yuki Gosei Kogyo Co. Ltd.

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08.08.18

FDA criticises missing stage 3 in validation lifecycle

In a five-page warning letter to an OTC manufacturer, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) criticises, inter alia, the missing program for continued  process verification.

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