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    Risk management, drug shortages and the EU portal for clinical trials

    Feature articles during May focused on risk management and mitigation in dealing with contractors and vendors and included articles on best practices in good vendor management, use of risk management to support outsourcing activities, testing in-house versus outsourcing, and outsourcing in regulatory operations. Also included were in-depth examinations of challenges and opportunities in “bespoke” therapies, a critical appraisal of drug shortages in Germany and an update on...
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    A guide to good vendor management

    This article addresses best practices for regulatory affairs departments in their work with vendors. The author provides an overview of the vendor-contract giver relationship, then discusses finding an appropriate vendor, due diligence in selecting a vendor, vendor-related risk management, contract management, performance evaluation, maintaining the vendor-contract giver relationship, and the importance of follow-up meetings, audits, and reviews.   Introduction   A...
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    Using risk management to support outsourcing activities

    This article outlines organizational risks and benefits with respect to third-party vendors and partnerships in regulatory affairs functions. It also discusses the different controls available to apply an effective risk management program in an organization.   Introduction   The use of contracted or third-party services can be an effective way for organizations to resource projects or programs. This way of working has been a growing trend in business operations, e...
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    FDA Floats Idea of a Rating System for Drug Manufacturers

    The US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Task Force on Drug Shortages supports the idea of creating a new rating system to help drug purchasers, including consumers, better understand the quality management of drug manufacturing facilities. “This idea envisions that pharmaceutical companies could, at their discretion, disclose the rating of the facilities where their drugs are manufactured,” Janet Woodcock, director of FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, w...
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    FDA Sends Form 483s to Lupin, Aurobindo and Cipla Sites

    Following inspections in late September, India-based generic drugmakers Lupin, Aurobindo and Cipla received Form 483s posted last week by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for observations related to cleanliness, investigations into out-of-specification results and other deficiencies. Lupin’s site in Tarapur, India was inspected over five days in late September, and the partially redacted 483 includes three observations. The first questions the company’s investi...
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    EMA Staff Losses Tick Up as Workload Increases

    As the interim arrangements to allow European Medicines Agency (EMA) staff to telework from London have now ended, the agency said its total available workforce in Amsterdam is about 730, which is about 20% less than the 900 staffers EMA had in London. “Due to these ongoing resource constraints, delivery of EMA’s work programme for Q4 2019 will be challenging for the Agency, particularly in view of the need to implement new legislation for veterinary medicines and medic...
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    FDA Explains Plans for New Pharmaceutical Quality Assessment System

    As part of its work to improve and modernize the quality assessment of drug applications, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is developing a new, more standardized system, to be known as the Knowledge-aided Assessment & Structured Application (KASA), according to an article authored by officials from FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research and published in the latest issue of the International Journal of Pharmaceutics . The authors describe KASA as a new s...
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    MHRA Consults on Analytical Quality by Design Principles

    The UK’s Medicines and Health care products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) on Tuesday opened a three-month public consultation on its plans to apply analytical quality by design (AQbD) principles to its pharmacopoeial standards.   “Quality by Design (QbD) is a systematic approach to development that begins with predefined objectives and emphasises product and process understanding and process control, based on sound science and quality risk management,” MHRA writes.   Th...
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    OPQ Reports on State of Drug Quality in FY2018

    In a report released Monday, the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Office of Pharmaceutical Quality (OPQ) provides a look at the pharmaceutical quality landscape for drugs and biologics intended for the US market.   The report itself breaks down different metrics related to product quality and manufacturer compliance with current good manufacturing practice (cGMP) to paint a picture of the overall pharmaceutical quality landscape.   While FDA reports an overa...
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    Experts Tell Device Companies Not to Fret Over QMS Transition

    Ahead of the proposed shift away from the current US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) quality management system (QMS) CFR 21 Part 820 regulation toward ISO 13485:2016, a new white paper sheds light on how the action will impact medical device development. The white paper identified three interrelated principles that will define the direction of the agency’s process, which has yet to be clearly defined, after the transition . These principles relate to the concept of ...
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    Drug Sampling and Testing: EMA Releases 20 Year Report, Will Expand Program to Biosimilars

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) and European Directorate for the Quality of Medicines and Healthcare (EDQM) on Thursday released a report detailing findings from EMA’s drug sampling and testing program over the last 20 years.   EMA says it plans to extend the program to include biosimilars and that it will expand the generic sampling and testing program first launched in 2011 to include products authorized via the mutual recognition and decentralized procedures. ...
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    ICH Advances Revised Guideline on Elemental Impurities

    The internationally harmonized guideline for a risk-based approach on assessing and controlling elemental impurities in drug products entered the final implementation phase. ICH Q3D(R1) Guideline for Elemental Impurities, developed via the International Council for Harmonisation (ICH), reached the fourth out of five steps in ICH’s process of regulatory harmonization last week, moving toward implementation of the revised guideline. The guideline was first recommended for...