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February 2020

Second joint targeted stakeholders' consultation on the revision of Annex 1, on manufacturing of sterile medicinal products, of the PIC/S – EU GMP Guide

Deadline postponed for the second targeted consultation on Annex 1

Due to the challenges posed by COVID-19, the timeline for the second targeted consultation has been extended until 20 July 2020.

 

Those who have already submitted their comments are welcome to revise their contribution if they would like to. Only their latest comments will be considered.

 

The European Commission remain at your disposal in case you would have any further questions at : SANTE-REVISION-OF-ANNEX-1@ec.europa.eu

 

 

Geneva, 20 February 2020:

Period of consultation:

From 20 February 2020 to 20 July 2020.

Objective of the consultation:

Annex 1 was first published in 1971, to ensure sterility of medicinal products placed on the market for the benefits of patients.

Since then it has undergone a number of targeted updates but, until now it has not undergone a full review. This revision is intended to add clarity, introduce the principles of Quality Risk Management to allow for the inclusion of new technologies and innovative processes and to change the structure to a more logical flow. Key changes are:

  • Introduction of new sections;
  • Introduction of QRM Principles;
  • Restructured to give more logical flow;
  • Added detail to a number of the previous sections to provide further clarity.

A first consultation conducted from 20 December 2017 to 20 March 2018 allowed about 140 companies and/or organizations to comment. The joint PIC/S-EMA drafting group (with WHO participation) processed more than 6200 lines of comments.

Due to widespread interest from industry following the first consultation, and because of substantial modifications introduced in several sections, the European Commission (EC), the European Medicines Agency (EMA), WHO and PIC/S have jointly agreed to engage with stakeholders a second targeted consultation on the updated draft guidance (version 12) focused on the sections and/or significantly modified paragraphs that raised most concerns by stakeholders.

The second targeted consultation aims at collecting experience from the sectors on certain manufacturing steps. PIC/S therefore expect to receive contribution from the associations representing the sectors.

Acknowledgment

In order to maintain the global alignment of standards, achieving at the same time assurance for the highest quality, the document will be, in parallel, subject to a second joint targeted consultation by the EC / EMA, WHO and PIC/S.

Joint Consultation Process

In line with the PIC/S-EMA Harmonised Consultation Procedure, comments will be collected by the EC as well as a number of organisations representing relevant stakeholders, which have agreed to receive all the comments of this second consultation from their members, to compile and send the comments to the European Commission. For the list of stakeholders, please refer to the EC website (link provided below), in particular the section on “Targeted Stakeholders”.

To download the consultation document and the template required to submit comments as well as for the process on how to submit comments, please refer to the EC website by clicking “here” - see in particular the section on “How to submit a contribution”.

The consultation document is also published on the PIC/S website under the section Drafts on the page “Publications

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.