Following the publication of ICH Q9, industry eagerly embraced the opportunity to share ideas and best practices related to QRM. The cadence of publication steadily increased as ICH Q8, ICH Q10, and ICH Q11 emerged, as thought leaders sought to provide practical guidance to industry on the application of QRM. This article will focus on selected publications addressing general, rather than specific, applications of QRM.
Pharmaceuticals, large and midsize, have a long history of rewarding reactive firefighting as opposed to proactively identifying problems and preventing issues from occurring. As a result, proactive risk management and the cultural change that goes with it have been a hard sell.
Quality risk management (QRM) is not a concept to be applied in a vacuum. Rather, it is a discipline that provides the most value when used throughout the product life cycle.
This article presents the most recent publication of GMP drug product inspection data from the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER), which addresses drug inspections conducted in FY2017. It looks at five years of data from the FDA, examines data from 2017, and evaluates five years’ worth of trends in GMP inspection enforcement.
When creating and managing electronic documents, document metadata deserves as much attention as document content. Firms that do so can improve compliance and even gain potential competitive advantage by realizing electronic documents (with appropriate metadata) as real business assets.
This is the second in a series of six articles intended to provide a holistic primer on the field of quality risk management (QRM). This installment reviews the origins of pharmaceutical risk management and regulatory thinking that led to the establishment of QRM as a unique discipline in pharmaceutical development and manufacturing.
When he was home for the holidays, my 23-year-old son and I had intense, heated discussions about generational differences. We are still on speaking terms, but it got me thinking about how well we understand and value young people — and if we understand the people who make up our future workforce well enough to adequately train them. That is, are we doing everything we can to create a sustainable future workforce that feels valued and — just as important — is engaged, excited, and efficient (the “3Es”)?
According to the latest PharmSource Trend Report, Bio/Pharma CapEx Trends 2016, biopharma companies have invested over $150 billion in new plants and equipment in the past five years. As this sector continues on an upward trend, it is placing significant pressure on the supply chain. Mother Nature in California, Texas, Puerto Rico, Mexico, and Southeast Asia and Amazon’s much-anticipated HQ2 serve as further reminders to plan for mitigating cost and schedule project impact.
Many sponsors and CROs conduct mock inspections to determine organizational inspection and audit readiness. Investing in a regulatory mock inspection demonstrates a serious commitment to patient safety, data integrity, and regulatory compliance. It is also a proactive strategy to safeguard financial health, particularly for startups and companies with sparse pipelines.