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    European Commission Consults on Revised GMPs for Sterile Drugs

    The European Commission on Wednesday launched a three-month public consultation ahead of its planned revision to good manufacturing practice (GMP) rules for sterile medicinal products contained in Annex 1 of Eudralex Volume 4 . The Commission says the revision was developed in cooperation with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Pharmaceutical Inspection Co-Operation Scheme (PIC/S), and is meant to add clarity to Annex 1, which has been updated numerous times si...
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    European Commission Adopts Two Acts on GMPs for Medicines

    Last month, the European Commission adopted two legal acts seeking to improve patient safety through good manufacturing practices (GMP) that ensure the highest quality of medicines for investigational and human use. One of the acts is an  implementing directive  that sets out principles and guidelines of GMP in medicines where the manufacture or import is subject to a manufacturing authorization ( see Article 40 of the Community code Directive (2001/83/EC) ). The ...
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    FDA Warns Chinese Drugmaker Over Fake Test Results, Blocking Access to Inspectors

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned Chinese drugmaker Shandong Vianor Biotech for violating good manufacturing practice (GMP) requirements following an inspection of the firm's Linyi, Shandong facility last May. According to FDA, the firm's management admitted to falsifying analytical test results used to release a lot of its products to the US. In another instance, FDA says the firm reported that a batch of one of its products was within specification ...
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    Drug Supply Chain Security: New APEC Toolkit to Aid Collaboration

    With the pharmaceutical supply chain becoming more global and complex, regulators, industry groups and academics from around the world have developed a new toolkit of resources to increase harmonization across borders to ensure the quality of drugs from manufacture through ingestion. The new toolkit, born out of a five-year collaborative project that actually took four years to complete, brings expertise from the US Pharmacopeial Convention (USP), US Food and Drug Admin...
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    House Committee Probes Restricted Distribution Systems Delaying Generics

    • 24 March 2017
    The House Committee on Oversight & Government Reform on Wednesday heard testimony on how pharmaceutical companies use restricted distribution systems to delay generic drug competition. In his opening statement, Subcommittee on Health Care, Benefits and Administrative Rules Chairman Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) said that some drugmakers are manipulating the regulatory framework to block competitors from accessing the reference drugs they need to conduct bioequivalence testing t...
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    Pharma Inspection Co-operation Scheme Criticizes Plan to Lower GMP Requirements for ATMPs

    The regulatory group known as the Pharmaceutical Inspection Co-operation Scheme (PIC/S) said in a letter released this week that it is “unanimously concerned” about the public health and safety impact of a new European Commission guideline that would lower good manufacturing practice (GMP) requirements for advanced therapy medicinal products (ATMPs). "By lowering the GMP requirements for ATMPs, the European Commission is not only exposing patients to an increased risk t...
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    ICH Offers Reflection Paper on Good Clinical Practice Revisions

    The International Council for Harmonisation (ICH) on Thursday opened for comment a new reflection paper on Good Clinical Practice (GCP), part of a plan to modernize ICH guidelines on clinical trial design, planning, management and conduct. The scope of the revisions includes the current E8 General Considerations for Clinical Trials and further revision to the E6 Guideline for Good Clinical Practice , which is already undergoing modernization with the recent de...
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    FDA Warns Spanish API Maker for GMP Violations

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday released a warning letter sent to Spanish active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) maker Interquim, S.A. for several good manufacturing practices (GMP) violations uncovered during an inspection of the company's Barcelona facility last May. In a warning letter, FDA cites Interquim for three issues related to its cleaning procedures, deteriorated equipment surfaces and stability testing data. According to FDA, Interquim d...
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    ICH Looks to Revamp GCP Guidelines, Adds New Members

    Members of the International Council for Harmonisation (ICH) agreed on several moves that would revamp the organization's good clinical practice (GCP) guidelines during a meeting in Osaka, Japan last week. Following discussions, ICH said it plans to conduct a broad review of its guidelines related to GCP and clinical trial design, beginning with a reflection paper expected in early 2017. "This will include updating current guidance on interventional trials and expand on...
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    EMA Recommends Suspending Alkem Drug Over Flawed Studies

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) on Friday recommended suspending the marketing authorization of a drug made by Indian generic manufacturer Alkem Laboratories over data integrity issues at the company's bioequivalence facility in Taloja, India. In light of the issues, EMA says that studies conducted by Alkem at the facility between March 2013 and March 2015 cannot be relied on to support marketing authorizations. The recommendations stem from a review EMA launched i...
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    Asia Regulatory Roundup: CFDA Offers Guidance on Revised Vaccine Distribution Regulations (21 June 2016)

    Welcome to our Asia Regulatory Roundup, our weekly overview of the top regulatory news in Asia. CFDA Posts Guide to Implementing Revised Vaccine Distribution Regulations China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) has released a guide to the implementation of its revised vaccine procurement and distribution regulations. The updated policy calls for vigilant record keeping by organizations in the supply chain and stronger regulatory oversight of each step in the pr...
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    Croatian Regulator Cites Indian Manufacturer for QA, GMP Violations

    The Agency for Medicinal Products and Medical Devices of Croatia (HALMED) on Monday issued a statement of non-compliance to Indian active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) manufacturer Dhanuka Laboratories Ltd. The notice was issued following an inspection of Dhanuka's Gurgaon, India facility conducted on 19 February 2016, during which inspectors discovered 32 good manufacturing practice (GMP) violations, including one critical violation involving Dhanuka's "weak" quality ...