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ICH Cancels Vancouver Meeting, Opens Consultation on Residual Solvents Guideline

Posted 26 March 2020 | By Michael Mezher 

ICH Cancels Vancouver Meeting, Opens Consultation on Residual Solvents Guideline

The International Council for Harmonisation (ICH) has joined a growing list of organizations and agencies around the world to cancel meetings and workshops as a result of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.
 
On Wednesday, ICH cancelled its upcoming meeting in Vancouver, Canada originally slated for May. “ICH has considered this very exceptional measure to be necessary in view of the evolving COVID-19 situation worldwide and global travel restrictions in place, including in Vancouver itself,” ICH said.
 
ICH has not said how the cancelation might impact its pipeline of new and revised guidelines or other initiatives such as fostering closer collaboration with the Pharmaceutical Inspection Co-Operation Scheme (PIC/S) that were slated to be discussed at the meeting.
 
ICH also opened a public consultation on the latest revision to its maintenance guideline on residual solvents featuring permitted daily exposure recommendations for three substances, 2-methyltetrahydrofuran, cyclopentyl methyl ether and tertiary-butyl alcohol.
 
The Q3C(R8) guideline has now reached Step 2b of the ICH process and it expected to be adopted later this year.
 
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