GMP News - Herbal Medicinal Products (incl. Cannabis)


Illegal Selling of CBD-Products: FDA Continues Issuing Warning letters

The FDA still warns companies for illegal selling Over-the-Counter CBD Products for pain relief including products listing CBD as an inactive ingredient.



Switzerland aims to Facilitate Access to Medicinal Cannabis

The Swiss Narcotics Act is to be amended. Among other things, the amendment provides that cannabis-based treatments can be prescribed directly by doctors without having to obtain an exceptional authorization from the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health. In addition, cultivation and export are to be permitted.



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.



Is Medical Cannabis a Medicinal Product?

The Higher Regional Court (OLG) of Hamburg has decided, in the context of proceedings aimed at the issuance of an interim injunction against a wholesaler, that medical cannabis (cannabis flowers) is not (yet) a medicinal product at the wholesale level.



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?



Can the Water Activity Test replace Microbial Testing?

According to the USP no microbiological testing of low water activity pharmaceutical products may be needed after a comprehensive risk assessment. The USP therefore revised the general chapter <1112> Role of Water Activity in Microbial Risk Assessment of Nonsterile Pharmaceutical Products.



EMA Clarifies GMP Requirements for Herbal Substances Used as APIs

When does EU GMP Guide Part II apply to the manufacture of herbal extracts? A new EMA Q&A document on GMP for herbal extracts used as active substances in herbal medicinal products gives the answer to this question.



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.



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).



Can Cannabis be Imported into the EU without GMP Certification?

The answer to this question is: It depends. Recently, medical cannabis grown in a non-EU-GMP-certified facility in Uruguay became available on the German market.



How to Demonstrate GACP-Compliance?

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?



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).


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