GMP News - Herbal Medicinal Products (incl. Cannabis)


Nitrosamines 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?



USP Proposal for Contaminant Pyrrolizidine Alkaloids

A new USP chapter <1567> on pyrrolizidine alkaloids (PAs) is being proposed. It discusses some analytical methods and existing challenges to measure PA contaminants in herbal medicinal products.



USP Draft Monograph for CBD

Because there is no existing USP monograph for this drug substance, a new monograph for Cannabidiol (CBD) is being proposed. It defines that CBD is obtained from Cannabis sativa.



Canada is working on Technical Cannabis Standards

Canada will lead an ISO international IWG to develop three technical guidelines for Cannabis including one on Good Production Practices (GPP).



Herbal Reference Standards - What are Active and Analytical Markers?

Active and analytical markers are used  for release and stability testing of herbal substances, preparations and HMPs. The EMA provides guidance on the selection of markers in a reflection paper on markers used for quantitative and qualitative analysis.



HMPC starts Revision of GACP Guideline

The EMA committee adopted a concept paper for the revision of the Guideline on Good Agricultural and Collection Practice (GACP). Interested parties are invited to provide comments by 15 March 2022. 



HMPC adopts revised Quality Guidelines for Herbal Medicinal Products

EMA´s HMPC adopted the revised Guidelines on Quality and Specifications for herbal substances, herbal preparations and herbal medicinal products. Will a written GACP declaration for the herbal substance now become a requirement? 



Medical Cannabis in Panama

Medical use of cannabis has been legalized in Panama in October 2021. The new regulatory framework allows the use and controlled access to medical cannabis for therapeutic, medical, veterinary, scientific and research purposes.



New Limits for Heavy Metals in Food Supplements

The European Commission sets new limits for Cadmium and Lead in certain Foodstuffs and Food supplements. Products placed on the market before the entry into force of the new regulations and not complying with the new maximum levels should only be allowed to remain on the market for a limited period of time.



ANVISA List of approved Cannabis Products

The Brazilian Health Regulatory Agency (ANVISA) has published a list of cannabis products that will have automatic approval by the agency for individual importation by Brazilian patients. The list also includes a large number of CBD preparations.



USP Chapter on Impurities in Food Supplements

USP´s Expert Committees for Non-Botanical & Botanical Dietary Supplements and Herbal Medicines propose the elaboration of a new USP general chapter <2760> on impurities in food supplements.



MHRA Guidance for the Supply of Medical Cannabis Products

The MHRA published an updated Guidance on manufacturing, importing, distributing and supplying of cannabis-based products for medicinal use. Amongst others, the MHRA will require a valid GMP certificate for the site of manufacture.



EMA Update of the Q&As on Herbal Medicinal Products

The updated EMA document "Regulatory Q&A on herbal medicinal products" contains several revised Q&As including the Q&As regarding the requirements for the simplified registration procedure.



EMA adopts final Public Statement on Pyrrolizidine Alkaloids

The HMPC adopted the final Public statement on the use of herbal medicinal products containing toxic, unsaturated pyrrolizidine alkaloids (PAs) including recommendations regarding contamination with PAs. Amongst others, it is stated that PA specifications are no longer considered necessary for essential oils.



Medical Cannabis in Malta

Malta´s Medicines Authority issued a document which provides general guidance on medical cannabis production. According to the agency applications for medical cannabis production must be completed and the licence and EU-GMP certificate must be granted before production activities are carried out.


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