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European Commission Launches Public Consultation on GMP Guide Revision


Health Canada Notification: Release of Final Versions of Documents - Drug Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) Inspection Program (7 August 2009)
Three final GMP guidelines have been released. 

Consultation: Draft Documents for Drug Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) Inspection Program (GUI-0001 related)(7 August 2009)
Five draft GMP guidelines have been released for comment.

Consultation: Draft Documents for Drug Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) Inspection Program (7 August 2009)
Two draft GMP guidelines have been released for comment.

FDA Commissioner Sets Out Vision on Enforcement to Support Public Health  (6 August 2009)
Dr. Hamburg discusses her plans to create a strong FDA that is vigilant, strategic, quick, and visible in its enforcement activities.

Health Canada Publishes the Following Documents: (3 August 2009)

US FDA, European Medicines Agency Launch Good Clinical Practices Initiative (3 August 2009)
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the European Medicines Agency (EMEA) announced an agreement to launch a bilateral Good Clinical Practices (GCP) Initiative, designed to ensure that clinical trials submitted in drug marketing applications in the United States and Europe are conducted uniformly, appropriately and ethically. The initiative will begin with an 18-month pilot phase on September 1, 2009 and will focus on collaborative efforts to inspect clinical trial sites and studies. Products regulated by the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research in the United States, and by the EMEA for the European Union will be the focus of the initiative.

The Quality Implementation Group on Q8-Q9-Q10 has released a new set of Q&As that were signed in Yokohama, Japan, June 6-11. (31 July 2009)
Provides the most up to date answers on commonly asked questions on Q8, Q9, and Q10.

Australia's TGA Publishes Updated manufacturing principles for medicinal products (31 July 2009)
On 29 July 2009 the TGA National Manager determined new principles to be observed for manufacturers of medicinal products (including active pharmaceutical ingredients and sunscreen products) under Section 36(1) of the Therapeutic Goods Act 1989. Therapeutic Goods (Manufacturing Principles) Determination No 1 of 2009 brings Australian manufacturing requirements into line with current international practices by adopting the Guide to Good Manufacturing Practice for Medicinal Products issued by the Pharmaceutical Inspection Convention and Pharmaceutical Inspection Co-operation Scheme (PIC/S) in January 2009. The PIC/S Guide also incorporates the ICH Harmonised Tripartite Guideline Good Manufacturing Practice for Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients

US GAO:  FDA Faces Challenges Meeting Its Growing Medical Product Responsibilities and Should Develop Complete Estimates of Its Resource Needs (20 July 2009)
FDA faced challenges fulfilling and managing its growing medical product oversight responsibilities, which agency officials attributed to resource constraints. FDA’s statutory responsibilities grew during this period and a growing number of medical products subject to FDA oversight and establishments manufacturing these products for the U.S. market also added to the agency’s workload. However, FDA could not provide data showing its workload and accomplishments in some areas, such as its review of reports identifying potential safety issues with specific medical products. Without such information, FDA cannot develop complete and reliable estimates of its resource needs. While FDA officials said that the funding amounts requested for and provided to FDA during the past 2 years will permit the agency to respond to its most urgent needs and priorities, officials also noted that they did not receive enough resources to meet some statutory requirements, such as biennially inspecting certain manufacturing establishments. Furthermore, officials said that the agency faces significant challenges fulfilling its mission to oversee the safety and effectiveness of medical products.

China launches more special programs to ensure drug safety (17 July 2009)
In order to ensure medicinal safety, more special programs recently launched in China. The special programs will be last about 2 years, which are conducted by six related ministries and commissions including the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Public Security, the Ministry of Industry and Information, the State Administration of Industry and Commerce, the State Food and Drug Administration, and the State Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Annual Report of the European Medicines Agency 2008 (10 July 2009)
This report provides an extensive overview of the substantial activities of the EMEA during the year 2008. The reader will see that all of the core business activities in the EMEA saw substantially increased activity during the year, including a 14% increase in applications for scientific advice, a 20% increase in individual case safety reports reported through EudraVigilance, a 30% increase in the number of GMP inspections and a 60% increase in the number of GCP inspections, to mention but a few. There was also substantial activity in the area of paediatric implementation plans and slow but steady progress in the area of finalising herbal medicines monographs. Evaluation of veterinary medicines was at an equivalent level to the 2007 activities. A new committee, the Committee for Advanced Therapies, was established and I welcome the members and wish their activities every success. An advisory group was established for the EMEA involvement in the implementation of ENCePP.



Temporary cessation of the working process in the Bulgarian Drug Agency in August 2009 (8 July 2009)
The Bulgarian Drug Agency would like to inform all parties concerned that in the course of August 2009 a move into the new building with administrative address 8 “Damyan Gruev” str. is to take place.
From 3rd of August until 31st of August 2009, the reception and the granting of any documents, which concern procedures for marketing authorization of medicinal products, renewals, variations, etc. will be ceased.  Due to moving the BDA servers, connection to the computer system and EudraNet connection will be temporarily unavailable for the period 10.08 – 21.08.2009.