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November 2023

Co-operation with ICH

Geneva, 29 November 2023:

The PIC/S Committee welcomed at its meeting in Bangkok on 6-7 November 2023 the signature of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between PIC/S and ICH (International Council for Harmonisation of Technical Requirements for Pharmaceuticals for Human Use) in October 2023.

Both parties are engaged in pharmaceutical harmonisation activities, PIC/S being an Observer in ICH since 2017 and many Regulatory Members in ICH are also “Participating Authorities” in PIC/S. This MoU is intended to facilitate collaboration on a number of ICH Guidelines that are relevant also for Inspectorate activities and provide training for both assessors and Inspectors.

The MoU lays down the basis for future co-operation between PIC/S and ICH further to the expiry of the ICH pilot on “More Routine Engagement of ICH with PIC/S on ICH Q Guidelines that involve Inspectorates in Implementation”. It provides a framework for co-operation on training efforts, which PIC/S looks forward to strenghtening with ICH.

January 2024

6th PIC/S Expert Circle Meeting on Good Distribution Practice (GDP)

Geneva, 30 January 2024:

The Department of Health and the Pharmacy and Poisons Board of Hong Kong (PPBHK) hosted the 6th PIC/S Expert Circle Meeting on Good Distribution Practice (GDP) from 29 November to 1 December 2023 via Zoom. A total of 230 participants joined the meeting. The meeting included discussions on contemporary issues and latest developments in the field of GDP and supply chain integrity; consolidating lessons learnt during COVID to support uninterrupted supply chain of medicine; sharing experiences between inspectors to improve consistency among inspectors in the field of GDP; and exchanging ideas and fostering collaboration among inspectorates. Follow us on LinkedIn.

January 2024

PIC/S-EMA-WHO Joint Implementation Working Group on Revised Annex 1 (manufacture of sterile medicinal products)

Geneva, 23 January 2024:

Friday, 19 January marked the inaugural kickoff meeting of the PIC/S-EMA-WHO Joint Implementation Working Group, bringing together experts from WHO, EMA, and PIC/S Participating Authorities. The goal is to achieve harmonized interpretation of the newly released PIC/S-EU GMP Annex 1 on Sterile Manufacturing. Follow us on LinkedIn.

January 2024

2024 Wishes and Video Message from New PIC/S Chairperson, Mr Jacques Morénas

Geneva, 15 January 2024:

The new PIC/S Chairperson for the period 2024-2025, Mr Jacques Morénas (France / ANSM), is pleased to share with you his 2024 greetings and best wishes in the following video message highlighting key PIC/S priorities and activities for the year coming.

November 2023

PIC/S Committee Meeting and Executive Bureau in Bangkok (Thailand)

The Thailand Food and Drug Administration (Thai FDA), Ministry of Public Health, hosted the following PIC/S events in Bangkok (Thailand) on 6-10 November 2023: PIC/S Committee Meeting, PIC/S Executive Bureau Meeting and PIC/S Annual Seminar.

The PIC/S Committee met on 6-7 November 2023, under the chairmanship of Mr Paul Gustafson (Health Canada). The meeting was attended by 37 out of 56 PIC/S Participating Authorities (PA) as well as by a number of Applicants, Pre-Applicants, and Associated Partner Organisations. 

 

November 2023

New PIC/S Chairperson and Executive Bureau

Geneva, 20 November 2023:

A new PIC/S Chairperson and Executive Bureau were elected as from 1 January 2024 by the PIC/S Committee at its meeting in Bangkok (Thailand) on 6-7 November 2023.

At this occasion, the PIC/S Committee unanimously elected Mr Jacques Morénas (France / ANSM) as Chairperson for the period 2024-2025. Mr Morénas will be assisted by Ms Kathleen Sinninger (US FDA), PIC/S Deputy Chairperson. The full Executive Bureau for the period 2024-2025 consists of:

  • Mr Jacques Morénas (France / ANSM), PIC/S Chairperson;
  • Ms Kathleen Sinninger (US FDA), PIC/S Deputy Chairperson and Chair of the Sub-Committee on Expert Circles (SCEC);
  • Mr Paul Gustafson (Canada / ROEB), immediate past PIC/S Chairperson;
  • Dr Kentaro Hara (Japan / PMDA), Chair of the Sub-Committee on Communication (SC COM);
  • Mr Henning Willads Petersen (Denmark / DKMA), Chair of the Sub-Committee on Compliance (SCC);
  • Ms Jennifer Burnett (Australia / TGA), Chair of the Sub-Committe on Strategic Development (SCSD);
  • Dr Theresa Mullin (US FDA), Chair of the Sub-Committee on Budget, Risk and Audit (SCB);
  • Mr Boon Meow Hoe (Singapore / HSA), Chair of the Sub-Committee on Training (SCT); and
  • Ms Ying-Hua (Ellen) Chen (Chinese Taipei / TFDA), Chair of the Sub-Committee on GM(D)P Harmonisation (SCH).

The PIC/S Committee elected the Members, Deputy Chairs and Chairs of the PIC/S Sub-Committee structure for the period 2024-2025. Office holders were elected for the following seven Sub-Committees: Training (SCT); Expert Circles (SCEC); Strategic Development (SCSD); Compliance (SCC); GM(D)P Harmonisation (SCH); Budget, Risk and Audit (SCB) and Communication (SC COM). All Sub-Committee Chairs will be Members of the PIC/S Executive Bureau as listed above.

With more than 90 Sub-Committee Members for the period 2024-25, PIC/S has a truly global representation to support diverse perspectives that will help excel on its mission in the interest of public health.