WHO has recently issued a 21-page draft document “Guidelines on Validation” which covers the main principles of validation and qualification. The guidelines are not intended to be prescriptive in specific validation requirements but focus on the overall concept of validation. The principles may be considered useful in its application in the manufacture and control of starting materials and finished pharmaceutical products (FPPs) as well as other areas. Validation of specific processes and systems, e. g. sterile product manufacture, are beyond the scope of the guideline.
FDA has published an 11-page draft guidance on elemental impurities that provides recommendations regarding their control in human drug products marketed in the United States. The draft document is set up in consistence with ICH Q3D, published in August 2015 by the ICH (International Council for Harmonisation). The FDA draft guidance intends to help manufacturers to comply with ICH and United Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) standards.
The International Council for Harmonisation (ICH) met in Lisbon, Portugal in June 2016. Two new members were accepted and 14 new observers welcomed.
Two pharmaceutical industry bodies were accepted as new Members:
- The International Generics and Biosimilars Association (IGBA)
- The World Self-Medication Industry (WSMI).
The FDA has issued a 10-page technical specifications document providing recommendations on the submission of data to support quality metrics as part of the process validation lifecycle and pharmaceutical quality system assessment. The guide serves as the technical reference for implementation of the draft FDA guidance “Request for Quality Metrics” that was published in July 2015 and can be seen as a supplement.
Almost one year after publishing the draft, the WHO has now issued the final version of the Guideline to “Good Data and Record Management Practices”. The document is part of the Technical Report Series No. 996, 2016 and is therein listed as Annex 5.
With the U.K. voting to leave the EU, the speculation about a new headquarter for the European Medicines Agency EMA have started. The London-based EMA approves medicines for all EU countries. With a full-time staff of around 750, it is the largest EU body in Britain.
According to the US FDA, two Indian manufacturing facilities have been added to the Red List of foreign firms that are now banned from shipping product to the US. Cheryl Laboratories, Mumbai, producing active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) and Phalanx Laboratories, Visakhapatnam, producing APIs and intermediates both refused FDA inspections without giving any comment.
On 7 June 2016, Maas & Peither-GMP Publishing received a SIPAward in Washington, DC, USA, at the 40th SIPA Annual Conference. The GMP MANUAL was nominated out of 228 applications in the special category "Best New Success Story" and was awarded 3rd place. The GMP MANUAL is the world’s largest GMP knowledge database for the pharmaceutical industry and impressed the jury with “Save Drugs through Better GMP Understanding”. Prizes in a total of 25 categories were awarded.
From May 30 to June 7, 2016, the Ninth Annual International Internet Week of Action took place. This global cooperative effort, led by INTERPOL, aims at fighting the unlawful sale and distribution of illegal and potentially counterfeit medical products on the internet. The operation involved regulatory authorities, custom agencies and law enforcement form more than 100 countries.
In April 2016, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership „TTIP” , negotiated between the EU and the US, was taken one step further. The 13th round of negotiations took place in New York. The European Commission has now published a detailed report on the three negotiated areas market access, regulatory cooperation and rules. Furthermore the EU has released a 7-page EU-proposal for an annex on medicinal products containing details for the pharmaceutical sector.
The WHO has revised its Technical Report Series, No. 961, 2011, Annex 5: Supplementary guidelines on good manufacturing practices for heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems for non-sterile pharmaceutical dosage forms. A draft has been published for public consultation.
The European Commission is about to adopt an amendment to the Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA) with Switzerland. The amendment would cover the mutual recognition of GMP inspections in third countries as well as products manufactured outside Switzerland.
The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has finalized a guidance that covers process validation including process characterization and process verification in the manufacture of biotechnology-derived active substances. This document provides guidance on the data to be included in a regulatory submission to demonstrate that the manufacturing process is in a validated state.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has removed pyrazinamide and sulfadoxine, two APIs of the Indian pharma manufacturer Anuh Pharma Ltd, from the WHO list of prequalified APIs.
Another Indian drug maker received a warning letter issued by the US FDA. Once more the hot topic is data integrity – a common feature nowadays.