The EMA has released a concept paper on new guidance for importers of medicinal products. GMP/GDP Inspectors Working Group agreed to draft a specific guidance for import authorisation holders. This document most likely would take the form of a new annex (Annex 21). The deadline for comments is 29 August 2015.
The ICH Steering Committee (SC) will meet in Fukuoka, Japan from 6 to 11 June to discuss ongoing harmonisation activities. One item on the agenda is the development of the ICH Q12 Guideline on Lifecycle Management.
The IPEC Federation (International Pharmaceutical Excipients Council) has published a three-page position paper concerning the risk-based approach of the EU Guidelines following the principles of Quality Risk Management according to ICH Q9. The IPEC-paper applies to the community regulated under the EU Risk Assessment Guidelines.
The European Commission has published the responses to the public consultation on the revision of Annex 15: Qualification and Validation.
For many years now, discussions have been ongoing as to whether it is possible to include non-distillation technologies as a method for the production of Water for Injections (WFI). Following a number of consultations with its stakeholders, the Ph. Eur. is proposing a revision of the monograph for Water for Injections (0169) to take into account current manufacturing practices which use methods other than distillation to produce water of injectable quality. The draft of the monograph foresees production of WFI also by reverse osmosis, which may be single-pass or double-pass, coupled with other suitable techniques such as deionisation and/or ultrafiltration.
As announced on the website of the Pharmaceutical Inspection Co-operation Scheme (PIC/S), the PIC/S Committee, by written procedure, has adopted the revision of Annex 15 of the PIC/S GMP Guide. The document will enter into force on 1 October 2015, simultaneously to the EU revision of Annex 15.
The currently valid version of the EU GMP Guide Annex 15 “Qualification and Validation” from 2001 will finally be replaced by 1 October 2015. This is when the now published revised Version of Annex 15 will enter into force. An update was more than necessary. Not only the new principles of ICH Q8, Q9, Q10 and Q11 constituted a new regulatory environment but also a continuous updating of Chapters of Part I of the EU GMP Guide or Annex 11 (computerised systems). Another important document to be mentioned in connection with the new Annex 15 is the EMA guidance on process validation. The changes now reflect the changed regulatory requirements and the latest state of technology in the pharmaceutical industry.
In November 2014 the ICH Steering Committee endorsed an Implementation Working Group (IWG) tasked to develop a Questions and Answers document on ICH Q11 – Development and Manufacture of Drug Substances.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has published their yearly list of new and revised draft guidances CDER is planning to publish in 2015. The guidances are categorized in 14 different themes - from A (Advertising) to P (Procedural).
EMA has published the work plan of the GMP/GDP Inspectors Working Group for 2015. The plan covers the different tasks of the group, e.g. harmonisation of inspections, mutual recognition agreements (MRAs) (maintenance, extension of scope) and GMP/GDP topics.
The list of GMP documents for revision contains the usual suspects – like Annex 15, but also the totally new Annex 21 on importation of medicinal products.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued five draft documents related to drug compounding and repackaging to help entities in complying with important health provisions. The draft documents apply to outsourcing facilities, federal facilities, pharmacies and physicians. The new category of outsourcing facilities was created under the Drug Quality and Security Act (DQSA), enacted by Congress in November 2013.