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).
The requirement for a "written GACP declaration" is contained in the current draft of the EMA HMPC Guidance Document "Quality of Herbal Medicinal Products". However, some questions remain: Who creates the declaration and what does it look like?
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.
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 The draft guidance also introduces key FDA regulatory concepts to stakeholders who may be less familiar with the FDA and the FDA’s authorities than other drug developers.
The USP Cannabis Expert Panel has published an article on the quality requirements for medical cannabis in the Journal of Natural Products. The article describes the appropriate use of USP General Chapters related to chromatographic methods and controls for contaminants.