In order to help sponsors using the CTIS, the EMA has published a sponsor handbook. The EMA is continuously updating the CTIS Sponsor Handbook with further priority topics and a revised version 3 has now been published.
Following the entry into application of the CTR at the beginning of last year, the final version of the "Guideline on the responsibilities of the sponsor with regard to handling and shipping of IMPs" has been published. IMPs may not be used in a clinical trial in a member state of the European Union until the completion of the two-step procedure referred to in this guideline.
The EMA published the revised Guidance for applicants/MAHs involved in GMP, GCP and GVP inspections coordinated by EMA. By this revision only the GCP section of the document has been amended. Amongst others it has been clarified that the reporting inspector should be contacted prior to submitting any documents.
The USP General ChaptersPackaging and Distribution Expert Committee is proposing a revision to the Scope section of chapter <661> Plastic Packaging Systems and Their Materials of Construction. The revision is published to clarify the testing expectations that are outlined in <661.1> and <661.2>.
With the publication of the final version of the revised Annex 1 in August, the ECA Foundation's CCS Task Force got together again to update the CCS Guide based on the final Annex 1 version. The new CCS Guide version 2.0 now comprises the revision of quoted passages, the modification and insertion of individual sections and tables as well as an improved clarity and the update of the attachments.
Since the end of April 2022, the revision of the "ICH guideline Q3C (R8) on impurities: guideline for residual solvents" of the ICH can be consulted on the ICH website under the heading "Quality Guidelines". This version has now been corrected and published in the new form.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has published a draft guidance for industry entitled "Statistical Approaches to Establishing Bioequivalence". When finalized, the new document will replace the previous version, which was issued in February 2001.
In October, the US FDA issued a Warning Letter to a US sterile manufacturer due to numerous GMP violations. The inspection, which had already taken place from March to April 2022, had revealed numerous deficiencies. The main reasons for the Warning Letter were cross contamination and microbiological contamination of products.
According to the EU GDP Guidelines, wholesale distributors must obtain their supplies of medicinal products only from persons who themselves hold a wholesale distribution authorisation or a manufacturing authorisation which covers the product in question. Thus, all suppliers must be qualified in an adequate way. But what is the rationale for this point and how to implement the requirements?
The Irish Health Products Regulatory Authority has added a new GDP Non-Compliance Report to the EudraGMDP database. During an inspection of a wholesale distributor, a number of major deviations from Good Distribution Practice were found, leading to an immediate suspension of the authorisation.