The proceedings have again picked up speed. The US FDA has now published the names of the first eight European Member States, that – according to the FDA – got the confirmed capability, capacity and procedures in place to carry out GMP-inspections at a level equivalent to the EU. To anticipate it: Germany is not included! The countries listed are:
The remaining inspectorates will continue to be assessed until 15 July 2019.
The start of the operational phase is considered to be a major milestone and a testimony to mutual trust. It is unprecedented as the FDA has never before recognised another country’s inspectorate. It is also a major milestone towards closer cooperation to improve the use of available resources to safeguard quality and safety of medicines. This addresses the fact that around 40% of finished medicines marketed in the EU come from overseas and 80% of the manufacturers of active pharmaceutical ingredients for medicines available in the EU are located outside the Union.
To answer frequently asked questions on the subject, the EMA has also released a Q&A paper on the impact of the MRA. The document including 10 O&As can be found here. To read the EMA's press release, please click here.
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