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Reference Safety Information in Clinical Trials

The MHRA GCP inspectorate has continued to see non-compliance in reference safety information in clinical trials. In particular, the agency is still seeing unreported SUSARs and absence of adequate risk mitigation measures due to incorrect use of the RSI.



Cannabis Glossary and GACP Revision

EMA´s Committee on Herbal Medicinal Products published the 2021 HMPC Work plan. Amongst others the HMPC plans to establish a Cannabis glossary and to revise the GACP guidelines.



New THC Threshold for Hemp Products

The German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment has issued a new statement recommending that the assessment of hemp-based food products be based on the EFSA-derived acute reference dose of 1 microgram Δ9-THC/kg body weight.



Pharmacovigilance Inspection Metrics

The MHRA GVP inspectorate recently published their latest inspection metrics for the period from April 2019 to March 2020. The highest number of all findings in the reporting period related to risk management followed by quality management systems.



New FDA Guidance for COVID-19 Packaging Changes: Glass Vials and Stoppers

COVID-19 injectable products may need some changes to the primary packaging components (e.g., glass vials and stoppers) due to supply chain issues affecting their availability. Therefore, the FDA has issued a new guidance with recommendations for the appropriate reporting category and the content of postapproval change submissions.



Ph. Eur. Adopts New General Chapter on Contaminant Pyrrolizidine Alkaloids

The Ph. Eur. Commission adopted a new Ph. Eur. general chapter on contaminant pyrrolizidine alkaloids. The chapter will be implemented on 1 January 2022.



UK Guidance on Limits for Controlled Cannabinoids in CBD Products

Extracts or isolates containing Cannabidiol are used in cosmetics and food supplements supplied to the UK market. One question still remains: How to interprete the 1 mg UK limit for controlled cannabinoids?



UN Commission Reclassifies Cannabis

The United Nations (UN) Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) has decided to reclassify cannabis. With this, the Commission followed the WHO recommendation of 2019.



Will CBD be Controlled as a Narcotic?

Will Cannabidiol be controlled as a narcotic in the future? This question is currently intensively discussed. The European Court of Justice recently released their opinion.



WHO Draft Document on GMP for IMPs

In view of recent experiences from inspections carried out for COVID-19 therapeutics, the World Health Organization (WHO) published a new working document entitled "GOOD MANUFACTURING PRACTICES FOR INVESTIGATIONAL PRODUCTS".



French Cannabis Specifications and Quality Requirements

The French Ministry of Health has published the specifications and quality requirements for medical cannabis in the pilot phase. The document covers flowers, extracts and finished products for oral, sublingual and inhalation use (including devices).



Pyrrolizidine Alkaloids: USP Proposal for Contaminant Analysis

In addition to the new USP Chapter <1567> Pyrrolizidine Alkaloids announced recently, the USP is proposing a new chapter entitled <567> Analysis of Contaminant Pyrrolizidine Alkaloids (PAs).



Herbal Medicinal Products: HMPC's Statement on Pyrrolizidine Alkaloids

The Herbal Medicinal Products Committee (HMPC) of the EMA has published the draft of the updated public statement of the HMPC on pyrrolizidine alkaloids (PAs). The document contains, among other things, the limits for the maximum daily intake of PAs.



FDA Issues Draft Guidance for Cannabis

The FDA issued a new guideline entitled “Cannabis and Cannabis-Derived Compounds: Quality Considerations for Clinical Research”. The draft guidance also introduces key FDA regulatory concepts to stakeholders who may be less familiar with the FDA and the FDA’s authorities than other drug developers.



Pharmacovigilance Audits and Inspections during COVID-19

The European Commission (EC), the Heads of Medicines Agencies (HMA) and the European Medicines Agency (EMA) released a Q&A document to address challenges arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. The document is updated continuously and includes new Q&As relating to pharmacovigilance activities like CAPAs, Audits and Remote-Inspections.


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