The WHO guideline "Good Manufacturing Practices: water for pharmaceutical use" is currently being revised. The WHO issued a draft for public comment in May 2020.
The UK Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has recently published a post on temporary changes in Good Distribution Practice (GDP) in the MHRA Inspectorate Blog.
The European Commission (EC), the Heads of Medicines Agencies (HMA) and the European Medicines Agency (EMA) have published the first revision of the common document "Questions And Answers On Regulatory Expectations For Medicinal Products For Human Use During The Covid-19 Pandemic". The update includes a question on GDP certificates and wholesale authorisations.
On 10 April 2020, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) together with the Heads of Medicines Agencies (HMA) and the European Commission (EC) published a first version of the document "QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ON REGULATORY EXPECTATIONS FOR MEDICINAL PRODUCTS FOR HUMAN USE DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC", which is continuously updated and adapted.
In the middle of 2019, the WHO published the draft of the guideline entitled "Production of water for injection by means other than distillation" for the production of WFI by non-distillative methods. This finalised guideline has now been published as Annex 3 in the WHO Technical Report Series (TRS) 1025.
Three drafts for new Ph. Eur. chapters on plastic packaging materials have been published for comment in the recent issue of Pharmeuropa: Cyclo-olefin polymers (COP), Cyclo-olefin copolymers (COC), and Extractable elements in plastic materials for pharmaceutical use.
The EMA recently published a notice to sponsors which clarifies the responsibilities in regard to the qualification and validation of computer systems and data Integrity in clinical trials.
With its new Regulation 2020/561, the EU has postponed the beginning of application of the Medical Devices Regulation 2017/745 for one year to May 26, 2021. The Regulation will only be effective after this date. The European Association of Notified Bodies in the Medical Devices sector (Team NB) has now issued a statement on the new regulation.
The International Medical Device Regulators Forum (IMDRF) is the succeeding organisation of the Global Harmonisation Task Force (GHTF) in the field of medical devices. The aim of the group is to issue harmonised guidelines. The latest is a guidance document on "Principles and Practices for Medical Device Cybersecurity" from March 2020.
An FDA draft guideline describes (non-binding) feedback after an FDA inspection of a Medical Device manufacturer. This guideline has now been finalized and was released in April 2020. What changes have been made?