October 2022

PIC/S 50th Anniversary

Geneva, 14 October 2022: The Pharmaceutical Inspection Co-operation Scheme (PIC/S) celebrated its 50th anniversary at a special symposium in Dublin (Ireland) on 4 October 2022. Since the first meeting of the PIC Committee in 1972, PIC/S has come a long way! The symposium titled “Thriving at 50 and Striving Forward” aimed at promoting and highlighting PIC/S’ contributions to international collaboration and co-operation while being resolutely turned towards the future.

The symposium was opened by Ireland’s Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA) Chief Executive, Ms Lorraine Nolan, who was hosting. The PIC/S Chairperson, Mr Paul Gustafson (Health Canada) presented on PIC/S new strategic plan for 2023-2027 while the PIC/S Deputy Chairperson, Ms Susan Laska (US FDA), outlined the evolution of pharma industry and PIC/S. The keynote speaker, Ms. Emer Cooke, Executive Director of the European Medicines Agency (EMA), addressed how to strive for better international relationships and collaboration. The programme comprised a wide range of presentations and panel discussions on inspection-related topics, which included participation from Heads of Medicines Agencies, Heads of GMDP Inspectorates and official PIC/S representatives.

Close to 200 participants from all continents participated in the event, including most of PIC/S 54 Participating Authorities and 7 (Pre-)Applicant Authorities, PIC/S Associated Partner Organisations (European Commission, EDQM, EMA, UNICEF, WHO and WOAH) as well as a number of non-PIC/S Competent Authorities. The anniversary also provided a unique opportunity to meet and engage with a range of invited stakeholders present for the occasion and to reconnect with the wider PIC/S network. A more detailed press release will follow covering also PIC/S meetings and 2022 Annual Training Seminar, which took place in Dublin back-to-back with the anniversary symposium.

> To the new PIC/S Strategic Plan (2023-2027)

> To the Anniversary Programme

> To the Anniversary Group Photo

> To the Anniversary Promotional Video

April 2024

JAPAN / PMDA collaboration with PIC/S and WHO

Geneva, 10 April 2024:

At its meetings of May and November 2023, the PIC/S Committee welcomed the announcement made by Japan / PMDA that it would second one PMDA expert to the PIC/S Secretariat in Geneva (Switzerland).

Since 1 April 2024, Dr SUZUKI Hirofumi, PMDA, has been seconded to the PIC/S Secretariat where he is going to serve in order to facilitate PIC/S Secretariat activities including collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) with a view to strengthen regulatory capacity building in the Asian region (for more information, see link)

Dr SUZUKI will support the PIC/S Secretariat regarding the harmonisation of GMP standards and the training of inspectors for PIC/S Participating Authorities, especially in Asia. Dr SUZUKI has several years of experience in various PIC/S bodies as well as in participating in PIC/S on-site assessment visits. He will help supporting the operation of PIC/S activities with a focus on Asia.

PMDA has been a Member of PIC/S since 2014. This secondment represents an innovative way by PMDA to support PIC/S and it will help strengthen the PIC/S Secretariat in line with PIC/S’ Strategic Plan (2023-27).

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.