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April 2016

2016 PIC/S Seminar (United Kingdom)

Geneva, 1 April 2016: Registrations for the 2016 PIC/S Seminar on "Inspectorates of the Future" (Manchester, 6-8 July 2016) are now open (for National Drug Regulatory Authorities only).

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) UK is honoured to be the host of the 2016 PIC/S Seminar. This is an annual international event attended by both member and non-member authorities of the Pharmaceutical Inspection Co-operation Scheme (PIC Scheme). The theme of the PIC/S 2016 Annual Seminar is "Inspectorates of the Future".

There are many factors affecting the work that Inspectorates do and what factors will drive them to do things differently in the future. This seminar will explore the current landscape with regard to inspection findings and trendings, with a particular focus on data integrity issues and then look to see what changes Industry have on the horizon. It will then also explore how various Inspectorates are collaborating on a number of topics and look to establish best practice for risk based inspections and compliance management. Finally, the seminar will look to what in the future PIC/S will be doing to support Inspector education through the PIA (PIC/S Inspectorates' Academy) and also the PIC/S vision to 2020.

For more information: click here 

April 2021

Revision of PIC/S GMP Guide (PE 009-15)

Geneva, 23 April 2021: The PIC/S GMP Guide to Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) for Medicinal Products has been revised to include a new Annex 2A and 2B:

  • Annex 2A: Manufacture of Advanced Therapy Medicinal Products for Human Use (ATMP); and
  • Annex 2B: Manufacture of Biological Medicinal Substances and Products for Human Use

Annex 2A provides PIC/S GMP requirements for ATMP - it is not a standalone document but it enables reasonable harmonisation with the standalone ATMP Guidelines published by the European Commission.  Annex 2B had very minor revisions and continues to harmonise with the EU Annex 2 for human use biological medicinal substances and products. 

The revision has been successfully completed by the PIC/S Sub-Committee on the Harmonisation of GM(D)P, led by Paul Gustafson (Canada / ROEB), based on the work of the PIC/S Working Group on Annex 2. This Working Group was led by Francesco Cicirello (formerly with Australia / TGA) until May 2020 and then by Christina Meissner (Austria / AGES), who finalised the revision.

The revised GMP Guide (PE 009-15), with the new Annex 2A and 2B, will enter into force on 1 May 2021. All non-EEA Participating Authorities of PIC/S and Applicants have been invited to transpose the revised Chapters of the PIC/S GMP Guide into their own GMP Guides.

To download the revised GMP Guide (PE 009-15), please consult the page “Publications

January 2021

Jordan applies for PIC/S membership

Geneva, 26 January 2021: On 20 January 2020, Jordan Food & Drug Adminstration (JFDA) submitted a complete membership application to PIC/S. 

The Rapporteur(s) will be appointed either by written procedure or at the next PIC/S Committee meeting.

January 2021

Revision of PIC/S Aide Memoires (PI 009-4; 024-3; 028-2; 038-2)

Geneva, 19 January 2021: the following PIC/S guidance documents have been revised:

  • PI 009-4 Aide Memoire on Utilities
  • PI 024-3 Aide Memoires on Biotech
  • PI 028-2 Aide Memoire on Packaging
  • PI 038-2 Aide Memoire on Assessment of QRM Implementation

The revision process consisted in updating the cross-references to the PIC/S GMP Guide. No other changes were made. The revised Aide Memoires enter into force on 1 January 2021.

 To download the revised Aide-Memoires, please consult the page “Publications

January 2021

Russia applies for PIC/S membership

Geneva, 13 January 2021: On 22 December 2020, the Competent Authorities of the Russian Federation submitted a complete membership application to PIC/S.  The Russian Competent Authorities are:

  • Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation (Minpromtorg Russia)
  • Federal Service for Surveillance in Healthcare (Roszdravnadzor), including Federal State Budgetary Institution “Information and Methodological Center for Expertise, Accounting and Analysis of Circulation of Medical Products” (FGBU “IMCEUAOSMP” of Roszdravnadzor)
  • Federal State Institution “State Institute of Drugs and Good Practices” (FSI “SID & GP”)
  • Federal State Budgetary Institution "Scientific Center for Examination of Medical Devices" of the Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation (FSBI ''SCEMD”)

The Rapporteur(s) will be appointed either by written procedure or at the next PIC/S Committee meeting.

November 2020

Brazil / ANVISA joins PIC/S

Geneva, 30 November 2020 :  The PIC/S Committee has invited Brazil’s Agência Nacional de Vigilância Sanitária (ANVISA) to join the PIC Scheme.

Brazil / ANVISA will become PIC/S’ 54th Participating Authority as from 1 January 2021. ANVISA submitted a complete membership application in October 2014. A paper assessment was carried out followed by an on-site assessment visit which took place in October 2019, after a reorganisation at ANVISA. The assessment report was finalised in the course of 2020. The Audit team recommended to the Committee to accept the PIC/S membership application of ANVISA. After endorsement by the PIC/S Sub-Committee on Compliance (SCC), the PIC/S Committee then unanimously decided by written procedure completed on 27 November 2020, on the participation of ANVISA in PIC/S.

This is the first time in PIC/S’ history that an assessment process is completed by written procedure rather than at a Committee meeting. This was due to the situation with Covid-19 which prevented a Committee meeting taking place in 2020. A special welcome will be given to ANVISA at the next PIC/S virtual Committee meeting in 2021.