MHRA GCP Inspector´s Experience during the COVID-19 Pandemic
The MHRA GCP Inspectors provided insight in their experience during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Although they have their limitations, remote GCP inspections have proven to be very effective and critical findings have been identified.
The EMA published the Annual report of the Good Clinical Practice Inspectors’ Working Group (GCP IWG) containing examples of findings observed during recent GCP inspections. In addition, the 3-year work plan for the GCP IWG has been released.
Version 5 of the Q&As regarding the Clinical Trials Regulation
What is the final deadline for submission of a clinical trial according to the former CTD rules? The European Commission published an updated Version 5 of the Questions & Answers relating to the CTR which came into application on 31 January 2022. The revision includes new Q&As regarding arrangements for the transitional period.
ECA comments on FDA Guideline on Visual Inspection
In December 2021, the FDA published its long-awaited Draft Guideline on 100% Visual Inspection of Parenterals. Comments were accepted until mid-February 2022. Members of the Advisory Board of the ECA Visual Inspection Group took advantage of this opportunity and submitted numerous comments.
The European Commission published a new version of the Questions & Answers (Q&As) regarding the safety features for medicinal products for human use. Do the UIs of reference and retention samples taken from stock have to be decommissioned?
UK: Public Consultation on new Clinical Trials Legislation and Impact on IMPs
Following the start of the application of the EU CTR on 31 January 2022, the MHRA has launched an 8-week public consultation on proposals for legislative changes for clinical trials. Will the UK align with the EU CTR requirements, e.g. regarding labelling of IMPs?
Updated Guidance relating to Clinical Trials during the COVID-19 Pandemic
The Guidance on the management of clinical trials during the COVID-19 Pandemic has been updated. The key changes are relating to updates with references to the EU Clinical Trials Regulation (CTR) which entered into application on 31 January 2022.
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?
The reflection paper on the use of interactive response technologies (IRT) has been updated in view of the entry into application of the EU Clinical Trials Regulation (CTR) on 31 January 2022. It clarifies that the removal of expiry dates from the labels is not allowed for clinical trials conducted under the CTR.
Herbal Drugs: Ph. Eur. Cannabis Monographs and other relevant Topics
EMA´s Herbal Medicinal Products Committee (HMPC) released the minutes for the HMPC meeting held in November 2021. Amongst others, the HMPC noted three new Ph. Eur. Cannabis Monographs for flowers and extracts in the pipeline. Other relevant topics were nitrosamines, GACP revision and elemental impurities in herbal medicinal products.
The EMA HMPC has prepared a new question and answer on herbal medicinal products, which has been included in the practical guidance for marketing authorization holders on the subject of contamination by nitrosamines. Does a nitrosamine risk assessment also have to be carried out for herbal medicinal products?
Version 4.1 of the Q&As regarding the Clinical Trials Regulation
The European Commission published an updated version of the Questions & Answers document relating to the Clinical Trials Regulation (EU) No 536/2014. What documentation is required in the application for the authorization of a clinical trial relating to GMP for IMPs?
The MHRA GVP inspectorate recently published the latest inspection metrics for the period from April 2020 to March 2021. All inspections in this period were conducted remotely. The largest number of findings in the reporting period related to quality management systems, followed by risk management, and ongoing safety evaluation.
To ensure effective and efficient safety assessment of clinical trials, the EU Commission published rules and procedures for the cooperation of the Member States. The new Regulation will become applicable on 31 January 2022 - together with the Clinical Trials Regulation (EU) No 536/2014.