IPA Annual GMP Update 2021

About the Conference:

International Pharmaceutical Academy (IPA) is delighted to be hosting its 17th annual GMP Update | BPF Mise à jour on October 6 & 13, 2021 | Online.

This virtual conference will provide attendees with insight and a plethora of information on quality, compliance, validation, and regulatory areas affecting the pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical and allied industries. It will address compelling issues and the current challenges of GMPs environment.

The “GMP UPDATE 2021” is the place to broaden your learning opportunities and engagement with the industry!

Attend the conference from anywhere from the comfort of your computer. This virtual event will provide participants with access to live streaming presentations, live chat and Q&A. Network with your peers on video conferencing.

Read more: https://www.accelevents.com/e/ipa-annual-gmp-update-2021

PIC/S PI 041 – Final Version – 1. July 2021

We are pleased to announce on 1. July 2021 that the PIC/S Guidance on Good Practices for Data Management and Integrity in Regulated GMP/GDP Environments (PI 041-1) entered into force. The document marks the completion of significant effort by PIC/S Participating Authorities over an extended period of collaboration to address an area of significant industry and regulatory interest. The guidance has been developed primarily for inspectors, but also serves as a valuable resource for industry to provide clarity on areas of greatest risk and regulatory expectations. The PIC/S Working Group on Data Integrity acknowledges the support from professional associations across the pharmaceutical industry who contributed to a targeted stakeholder engagement exercise in 2019. The feedback received was highly valuable in identifying opportunities to further clarify regulatory interpretations and also collate topics for future revisions.

The draft guidance was first published by PIC/S in 2016 and applied by PIC/S Participating Authorities on a trial basis. Based on Members’ comments, it was revised by the Working Group on Data Integrity and then subject to a focused stakeholder consultation on specific issues (November 2018 – March 2019). The Working Group incorporated the feedback from stakeholders and submitted the final draft to the PIC/S Committee for adoption.

The Working Group continues its data integrity activities through development of training material for the PIC/S Inspectorates’ Academy (PIA) and other inspection-related resources for inspectors within the network.

To download this guidance (PI 041-1), please consult the page “Publications”.

Direct access to PI 041 final – 1. July 2021

New PIC/S PI041 revision issued – now DRAFT 3

On 30 November 2018 PIC/S revised the current revision of PI 041-1 – DRAFT 3.

UPDATE 2021 – PIC/S PI 041 – Final Version – 1. July 2021


Here is the announcement from the PIC/S website (source)


Focused stakeholders consultation on revised draft PIC/S guidance on Good Practices for Data Management and Integrity in Regulated GMP/GDP Environments

Geneva, 30 November 2018: a revised Draft PIC/S Guidance on Good Practices for Data Management and Integrity in Regulated GMP/GDP Environments (PI 041-1 (Draft 3)) has been prepared by the PIC/S Working Group on Data Integrity, co-led by Australia / TGA and UK / MHRA.

The purpose of the guidance is to serve to outline the position an inspector would adopt during the inspection of GDP/GMP facilities and is designed to facilitate a harmonised approach to the inspection, including reporting in regards to data management and integrity. A first draft (PI 041-1 (Draft 2)) was published by PIC/S on a trial basis in August 2016. Following feedback received from PIC/S Participating Authorities during its 6-month implementation trial-period, the draft of this guidance has been updated and expanded by the Working Group.

The document (PI 041-1 (Draft 3)) is subject to a focused stakeholder consultation seeking substantive comments from trade and professional associations on specific questions relating to the proportionality, clarity and implementation of the guidance requirements. In parallel to this stakeholder consultation, the new draft will be applied by PIC/S Participating Authorities on a trial basis for a new implementation trial period.

The consultation period will last 3 months and run from 30 November 2018 to 28 February 2019.

To submit feedback, please provide feedback exclusively on the dedicated template available on the websites of the below associations and submit by e-mail with subject line “PIC/S Focused Public Consultation – Data Management and Integrity” to one of the following associations which will collect and compile responses. Stakeholders should only reply once.

To download the consultation document (PI 041-1 (Draft 3)) please consult the page “Publications” or click on the link below:


End of announcement.


PIC/S requests a Focused Public Consultation on Data Management and Integrity until 28. February 2019, which is highly appreciated. Please feel free to comment on the Guidance – it will be your benefit to do so.

CCS is preparing a detailed review in January 2019 in order to provide substantive comments on the current DRAFT 3 version.

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New AGIT guidelines on computerized systems (GLP)

The Swiss Working Group of Information Technology (AGIT, Arbeitsgruppe Informationstechnologie) consists of representatives of the GLP Compliance Monitoring Units and of invited experts from the industry. Several documents related to information technology in a GLP environment (status of 31.01.2018) have been developed and can be downloaded (source: admin.ch) here:

Download link (external link)

Thanks to the AGIT group for this excellent source of information and sharing it to the public in English language.

PTC Executive Exchange Event: June 28, 2018, Berlin, Germany

Industrie 4.0 – What does this mean for Medical Device and Life Sciences Innovators

Join leaders and industry experts at the 6th PTC Executive Exchange for Medical Device and Life Sciences Innovators. Together, we explore how IoT technology:

  • Increases transparency and advances efficiency to further ensure medical device quality.
  • Impacts the way medical devices are manufactured, operated, and maintained.

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MHRA’s GXP data integrity guide published – March 2018

After the British agency MHRA has published three (3) different draft versions of the – MHRA GMP Data Integrity Definitions and Guidance for Industry – in January and March 2015 (GMP) and in July 2016 (Draft for consultation – now for GXP) the final  “Medicines & Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) ‘GXP’ Data Integrity Guidance and Definitions was published in March 2018.

Looking into the history of the document and content the major changes have been to replace and extend from “GMP” to GXP (covering  GCP, GDP, GLP, GMP and GPvP).  All this GXP areas had already requirements for data integrity or study integrity or similar for many years and are covered by European EMA regulations, directives and the EMA EudraLex Volumes or other regulations (e.g. chemical for GLP). The second change was the title “Guidance for Industry” to a “Guide“. Maybe the document type “Guidance for Industry” would remind you to US regulations and you are right. But in the EU such a document type in a regulatory structure and understanding is also not known. Maybe the roots of the first versions were coming from US or consultants or authors from this region. In general an own opinion might be better as to listen to any opinion-makers with commercial interests. Continue reading “MHRA’s GXP data integrity guide published – March 2018”

QP Update 2018 – Mannheim, Germany – 19./20. April 2018

Das Seminar wendet sich an alle Sachkundige Personen/ QPs. Ebenfalls angesprochen sind Leiter und Mitarbeiter von Qualitätsmanagement und Qualitätssicherung und Mitglieder der Unternehmensleitung, die einen umfassenden Überblick über Pflichten und Aufgaben der sachkundigen Personen/QPs erhalten mochten:

Qualified Person Update 2018 – Neues für die Sachkundige Person in Deutschland;   19./20. April 2018, Mannheim

Zum Online – Programm…

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