Reduced testing of Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (API), excipients, and other raw materials can be a valid approach to gaining overall efficiencies in the pharmaceutical quality control laboratory. However, the choice of tests to perform and the justification for choosing those tests are key elements of operating a compliant Reduced Testing Program that is also scientifically sound.
Since its appearance in August 2007, the Guidance for Industry, ICH Q7A Good Manufacturing Practice Guidance for Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients has stood the test of time in providing clear and practical guidance to the pharmaceutical industry, as described in the guidance’s original objective, “provide guidance regarding good manufacturing practice (GMP) for the manufacturing of active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) under an appropriate system for managing quality”.
Following the lead of many of the world’s pharmaceutical regulatory agencies, on April 6, 2017, the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) released a Data Management and Data Integrity (DMDI) policy statement. TGA states that the policy “serves to provide some clarification regarding the TGA’s official position regarding DMDI practices for industry,” but at the same time noting that,
We recently posted an overall summary of the new draft PIC/S Data Integrity Guidance document (here). While this valuable Guidance document covers much of the same ground as previous Data Integrity Guidance documents from other regulatory agencies, it is particularly noteworthy that in several areas it provides detailed practical requirements heretofore never provided in a regulatory agency Guidance document.
Every business faces risk. Broadly speaking, the primary categories of business risk are Market, Financial, Execution, and Regulatory. Successful companies have developed a core competency in managing for these risks, turning risk management into a sustainable competitive advantage. For drug manufacturers, recent trends have underscored the importance of managing Regulatory risk in order to remain a viable business.
Generally, pharmaceutical manufacturing involves laboratory testing on product sampled at the end of the manufacturing process to assure the product quality as part of the product release. However, traditional release testing is not the only acceptable approach used to assure the quality product prior to release. On September 15, 2015, the European Commission published a revised draft Guidance,