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08.09.2017

The US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) published a whole new round of warning letters. They are addressed to three manufacturers from the US and five in Brazil, the Netherlands, Germany, China and Bulgaria.

08.09.2017

According to the ICH (International Council for Harmonisation), the ICH Q11 Q&A reached Step 4 of the ICH process in August 2017. The document is now entering Step 5 – the implementation period.

05.09.2017

The British Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) is dealing with the outcome of the EU referendum to move things into the right direction for the post-Brexit period.

29.08.2017

The European Medicines Agency EMA, the European Commission and the US FDA have signed a new confidentiality commitment. It enables US and EU regulators to share non-public and commercially confidential information, including trade secret information relating to medicine inspections.

22.08.2017

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) is responsible for the scientific evaluation, supervision and safety monitoring of medicines in the EU. The agency will need to be relocated in the context of the UK's withdrawal from the EU. There have been 19 offers to host the European Medicines Agency (EMA).

01.08.2017

The government of India has published a draft document on the „Essential Principles for Safety and Performance of Medical Devices“, e.g. fundamental design and manufacturing requirements. It provides an overview on meeting these principles leaving flexibility to the manufacturers rather than dictating how a manufacturer should prove that the essentials laid down are being met.

01.08.2017

According to the published 15-page document that summarises the negotiating results of the Economic Partnership Agreement between the EU and Japan, the MRA (Mutual Recognition Agreement) in the area of GMP will be expanded to new pharmaceutical products.

25.07.2017

The WHO Expert Committee on Specifications for Pharmaceutical Preparations has recently published its 51st report (Technical Report Series No. 1003). The WHO Technical Report Series covers the findings of various international groups of experts that provide WHO with the latest scientific and technical advice on medical and public health subjects. TRS No. 1003 summarises the outcome of the Expert Committee Meeting of October 2016 in Geneva. In addition, the 252-page report contains all adopted guidances or draft guidances in the form of Appendices.

14.07.2017

According to pharmabiz.com, India is planning to set up a joint pharmaceutical venture in the region of Chelyabinsk in Russia and is now seeking views and suggestions from its pharmaceutical industry. On July 17, a interactive meeting with government senior officials and industry leaders will take place.

11.07.2017

As a result of the revised Swiss Therapeutic Products Act of March 2016, the relevant ordinances also need to be comprehensively adjusted. This affects ordinances issued both by the Federal Council and the Agency Council of Swissmedic and will last until October 2017.

04.07.2017

The European Council has published a timetable for the relocation of the Euorpean Medicines Agency (EMA) that is currently based in London.

30.06.2017

On June 28, 2017 the US FDA (Food and Drug Administration) published a revision of its draft guidance on medical gases entitled „Current Good Manufacturing Practice for Medical Gases Guidance for Industry“. This document is intended to supersede the guidance already issued in 2003.

27.06.2017

According to ICH, the China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) has been approved as a new Regulatory Member.

20.06.2017

According to a press release by the BfArM (Bundesinstitut für Arzneimittel und Medizinprodukte, the German Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices), a counterfeit pack of Gilead Sciences’ hepatitis C drug Harvoni® has entered the legal supply chain in Germany. The “falsified medicinal product” was identified by a patient who noticed a change in colour which was orange instead of white.

13.06.2017

The China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) released a detailed report on inspections conducted throughout the last year. A total of 431 inspections including pre-approval inspections, GMP certification inspections, GMP follow-up inspections, unannounced inspections, overseas inspections, GSP unannounced inspection and inspection observations are analysed therein.

13.06.2017

Following a Notice to MAHs (Marketing Authorisation Holders) based in the UK the European Medicines Agency EMA and the European Commission have now released a Q&A document regarding the withdrawal of the UK from the European Union. It should help the pharmaceutical industry to prepare for the upcoming changes.

06.06.2017

According to the Swiss Therapeutic Products Agency Swissmedic, the agency achieved its objectives last year. Regulatory approval was granted for more than 40 innovative medicinal products partially due to a fast-track procedure.

06.06.2017

In collaboration with APEC (Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation), the US FDA has created a Supply Chain Security Toolkit for Medicinal Products. The intention behind this new tool is to maximize available global resources and to deliver quality trainings and best practices in order to secure the global supply chain. It covers the entire supply chain and lifecycle from raw materials to use by patients.

26.05.2017

On May 11, 2017 the US FDA issued a warning letter to Jintan Qianyao Pharmaceutical Raw Material Factory in Changzhou, China, for significant deviations from cGMP for APIs. The findings can be summarized as a complete lack of written procedures, quality-related procedures or an overall quality system.

23.05.2017

In January 2017, the FDA issued the long-awaited Biosimilar Interchangeability Guidance for public consultation. In this guidance, the Agency details its expectations for demonstrating biosimilar interchangeability.

The deadline for commenting the draft guidance ended on 19 May, with a number of 45 comments being received. Comments came from big pharmaceutical manufacturers like Pfizer, Boehringer Ingelheim, Sandoz, Johnson and Johnson or Genentech or from organisations, e.g the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy, the Combination Products Coalitions or the Biosimilars Forum.

16.05.2017

The GMDP Inspectorate of the British MHRA (Medicines & Healthcare products Regulatory Agency) has published its yearly report on inspection deficiency findings. This time the method of gathering the data has been improved, thus introducing new data trending.

05.05.2017

The European Medicines Agency plans to clarify its role regarding drugs manufactured in the EU solely for the export market.

EMA officials met with delegates from European and African nations to discuss the issue in a recent workshop in Malta.

02.05.2017

Following PIC/S strong criticism on the proposed stand-alone ATMP (Advanced Therapy Medicinal Product) GMP Guidelines of the European Commission (we reported), PIC/S has now published a second letter to the EC on its website.

21.04.2017

Following the introduction of ICH Q8, Q9 and Q10, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and the United States Food and Drug Administration (US FDA) launched a joint pilot program for the parallel assessment of applications containing Quality by Design (QbD) in 2011. To facilitate the exchange of information between the two agencies the program was laid down under US-EU Confidentiality Arrangements. Both agencies have now issued a report that addresses the outcome of the 5-year-program so far.

21.04.2017

This month the FDA has updated its yearly list of the new and revised draft guidances CDER is planning to publish in 2017.

31.03.2017

In July 2015, US FDA released a draft guidance on quality metrics. The intention behind the introduction of quality metrics was described as a measure to improve drug quality and to encourage the implementation of a modern, risk-based pharmaceutical quality assessment system. The document aroused a storm of criticism by the pharmaceutical industry and its organisations as soon as it appeared.

28.03.2017

In 2017, the US FDA has already listed the impressing number of 73 Warning Letters on its website. One topic that emerges again and again is the violation of data integrity, with rising tendency. Remarkably often, those violations are found in China and India. This time, the following pharmaceutical manufacturers are involved:

21.03.2017

Last week the EMA (European Medicines Agency) published a concept paper on the need for revision of note for guidance on quality of water for pharmaceutical use (H+V) which addresses the need to update and revise the guidance which originally went into effect on 1st June 2002.

14.03.2017

During its February Meeting in Switzerland, which was attended by representatives of 37 of its regulatory authorities, the Pharmaceutical Inspection Co-operation Scheme (PIC/S) unveiled a new road map for the next two years.

 

03.03.2017

Following a three-year-process, the United States (represented by the US FDA) and the European Union (represented by the European Commission) have now finally announced their agreement to mutually recognise each other's GMP inspections of pharmaceutical facilities.

 

28.02.2017

This news summarizes the latest regulatory changes for medical devices in China and the newly issued five year-plan of the CFDA (China Food and Drug Administration).

24.02.2017

The ICH (International Council for Harmonisation) has developed a training presentation on the ICH Q11 Q&A document Selection & Justification of Starting Materials. Therein the Expert Working Group gives answers to the following questions:

14.02.2017

The ICH has now published the Meeting Minutes of the ICH Assembly meeting which was held in Osaka, Japan in November 2016. Following you will find the key points on guidance progress in the area of GMP and on new members and observers in brief:

 

31.01.2017

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) already issued 7 Warning Letters in 2017, one of which went to Porton Biopharma Limited in Salisbury, United Kingdom. The UK-government owned manufacturer of biopharmaceutical products was inspected from March 7 to 18, 2016 and previously on January 12 to 23, 2015. Both inspections resulted in similar violations and a Form 483.

 

24.01.2017

The following chapters of the PIC/S GMP Guide have been revised based on the equivalent chapters of the EU GMP Guide:

24.01.2017

The US Food and Drug Administration released a 59-page final guidance on the CGMP requirements for combination products. The guidance describes and explains specific provisions from 21 CFR Part 4 (final rule on CGMP for combination products) that was released in 2013. A draft version of this document was issued in January 2015.

 

17.01.2017

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published the yearly list of new and revised draft guidances, CDER is planning to publish in 2017. A total of 102 planned guidance documents have been set out.

 

17.01.2017

The EMA has released a Q&A draft document with its focus on setting health-based exposure limits for risk identification and the risk-based prevention of cross-contamination. The draft covers 14 questions and answers relating to the “Guideline on setting health based exposure limits for use in risk identification in the manufacture of different medicinal products in shared facilities”, which was published in November 2014 and has been in force since June 2015.

 

13.12.2016

The US FDA (Food and Drug Administration) released a warning letter sent to Interquim S.A., Barcelona, Spain. The drug manufacturing facility was inspected in May 2016. It summarizes significant deviations from current GMP for active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs).

 

05.12.2016

The ICH Q11 Questions and Answers (Q&As) on the Development and Manufacture of Drug Substances (Chemical Entities and Biotechnological/Biological Entities) regarding the selection and justification of starting materials, reached Step 2b of the ICH process and enters the consultation period.

 

05.12.2016

The ICH Q3C(R6) Guideline “Impurities: Guideline for Residual Solvents” reached Step 4 of the ICH Process in November 2016 and now enters into the implementation period (Step 5).

 

29.11.2016

On 22 November, 2016, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) finalized its long awaited Guidance on Contract Manufacturer Quality Agreements.

 

29.11.2016

On 23 November 2016, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a Revision 1 of the draft guidance to Quality Metrics which was initially published in July 2015. The revision with the new title “Submission of Quality Metrics Data” came on short notice and is open for comments and suggestions until 24 January 2017.

 

18.11.2016

On 5-10 November 2016, the International Council for Harmonisation (ICH) met in Osaka, Japan, for its assembly meeting and has now published a press release.

 

03.11.2016

In October, the 15th round of negotiations for TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership) took place in New York. The European Commission has now published a report, which covers inter alia the mutual recognition of US/EU-GMP-inspections.

 

21.10.2016

According to RAPS, the CFDA (Chinese Food and Drug Administration) has released a draft guidance on drug data management practices. The paper is addressed to manufacturers, developers and distributors of pharmaceutical products and aims at an accurate, timely and traceable recording of data.

 

10.10.2016

On 4 October 2016, EMA published an interesting Concept Paper on Good Manufacturing Practice and Marketing Authorisation Holders (MAH). The document aims at giving clarity and a better understanding as to what the responsibilities of MAHs actually are in their  totality, and what they mean at a practical level.

 

07.10.2016

The European Directorate for the Quality of Medicines and Healthcare (EDQM) announced a new agreement with Japanese authorities. The intention is to share more information on the outcome of GMP inspections of manufacturing sites of active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) that are of interest to both Europe and Japan.

 

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