August 2020

Azerbaijan applies for pre-accession

Geneva, 21 August 2020: On 18 August 2020, the Analytical Expertise Center (AEC) – Ministry of Health of Azerbaijan applied for PIC/S pre-accession. The Rapporteurs will be appointed by written procedure.

June 2020

Adoption and Entry into Force of New PIC/S Guidance Documents (PI 052-1 and PI 053-1)

Geneva, 1 June 2020:  The following new PIC/S guidance documents have been successfully adopted: 

  • PI 052-1 Aide-memoire - Inspection of Health Based Exposure Limit (HBEL) Assessments and Use in Quality Risk Management
  • PI 053-1 Questions and Answers on Implementation of Risk-based Prevention of Cross-contamination in Production and ‘Guideline on Setting Health-Based Exposure Limits for Use in Risk Identification in the Manufacture of Different Medicinal Products in Shared Facilities’

The documents, which have been successfully developed by the PIC/S Expert Circle on Controlling Cross-Contamination in Shared Facilities, led by UK / MHRA, entered into force on 1 June 2020.

To download these documents (PI 052-1 and PI 053-1), please consult the page “Publications” or click on the links below:

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 :



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.


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

February 2020

Saudi Arabia applies for PIC/S membership

Geneva, 19 February 2020: On 17 February 2020, the Saudi Food & Drug Authority (SFDA) applied for PIC/S membership. The Rapporteurs will be appointed by written procedure.

December 2019

PIC/S events in Toyama, Japan, 11-15 November 2019

Geneva, 30 December 2019: the PIC/S Committee met on 11-12 November 2019 in Toyama (Japan). The meeting was followed by the PIC/S annual training Seminar on 13-15 November 2019. The topic of the seminar was "Quality Assurance of Sterile Medicinal Products - Annex 1".

The press release regarding these events is available in newsletter format here or can be downloaded in pdf format from the link below: