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Patient & Consumer Protection / Food contact material News 19 October 2020 Strasbourg, France
The Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe has adopted a new resolution on the safety and quality of materials and articles for contact with food. This instrument is expected to improve the protection of consumers from contaminants (metals, antioxidants, stabilisers,...
Paediatric Formulary News 16 October 2020 Strasbourg, France
The European Paediatric Formulary (PaedF) Working Party has published a table compiling existing information on dexamethasone formulations that may be useful in the treatment of paediatric patients with COVID-19.
European Pharmacopoeia / International harmonisation News 14 October 2020 Strasbourg, France
The Pharmacopoeial Discussion Group (PDG), which brings together the European Pharmacopoeia, the Japanese Pharmacopoeia and the United States Pharmacopeia, held its annual autumn meeting via videoconference on 22-23 September 2020, with WHO attending as observer. Due to the COVID-19...

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The EDQM announces the availability of 10 new reference standards and 22 replacement batches, released in September 2020
The EDQM has just released issue 2 of Pharmeuropa PaedForm, in which the third monograph elaborated by the PaedForm Working Party, the draft text for an ethanol-free formulation for Furosemide 2 mg/mL Oral Solution, is published for...
All new texts and texts that have undergone technical revisions are published in Pharmeuropa for public consultation. The deadline for comments on Pharmeuropa 32.4 is 31 December 2020.

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27 October 2020 to 29 October 2020
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12 December 2020 to 16 December 2020
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25 January 2021 to 26 January 2021
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Nitrosamine contamination in brief
In brief

In 2018, certain types of nitrosamines (N‑nitrosodiethylamine (NDEA) and N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA)) were detected in a number of active substances used in the treatment of hypertension and in related medicines. Nitrosamines are known as possible carcinogens for humans: only very low amounts are acceptable according to current regulatory requirements (ICH M7 “cohort of concern”). Their detection requires highly sensitive analytical methods. As clarified by the European Medicines Agency (EMA), their presence in active substances may be linked to several factors, e.g. from processing conditions to accidental introduction due to cross-contamination (from processes running in parallel on the same production lines) or recovery procedures for solvents, or also from degradation of the substances.

The Vision of the EDQM
In brief
  • A Directorate of the Council of Europe created in 1964.
  • A leading organisation that protects public health by enabling the development, supporting the implementation and monitoring the application of quality standards for safe medicines and their safe use.
  • Also develops guidance and standards in the areas of blood transfusion, organ transplantation and consumer health issues.
The European Pharmacopoeia
In brief
  • Main objective is to provide common quality standards to control the quality of medicines and of substances used in the manufacture of medicines (human and veterinary use).
  • Legally binding in European member states.
  • 39 signatory parties (including the EU) and 30 observers (including WHO and TFDA) as of March 2018.
Official Medicines Control Laboratories (OMCL)
In brief
  • A network of independent public laboratories appointed by the national authorities.
  • Around 70 laboratories provide human and technical resources to implement testing programmes.
  • 36 European countries and 5 countries outside Europe participate in the various activities and programmes.
The Certification of Suitability
In brief

 

  • Established in 1994.
  • Over 4,900 certificates covering more than 1,100 substances have been granted in more than 60 countries.
  • Assessment is jointly performed by a network of around 100 assessors from the national competent authorities and EDQM assessors.
  • Organises an inspection programme involving a network of around 30 inspectors from 20 different national competent authorities and the EDQM.

 

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COVID-19 pandemic: The EDQM’s contributions to the...
Focus

The EDQM’s core activities include the provision of documentary and physical (reference) standards to ensure the quality of medicines and their ingredients. Availability of and access for patients to quality medicines is more important than ever in the context of the current COVID-19 pandemic. This is why the EDQM is working hard to ensure continuous supply of our goods and services and is engaging with all stakeholders, including national, European and international authorities, to help protect public health.

 

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