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Reference Standard / General News 21 September 2020 Strasbourg, France
The European Directorate for the Quality of Medicines & HealthCare (EDQM) is looking for a highly qualified manufacturing project co-ordinator with strong communication skills and in-depth experience in freeze-drying (lyophilisation) to join its Manufacturing team. The successful...
Transfusion / Projects News 21 September 2020 Strasbourg, France
The EDQM/Council of Europe will implement the “Reorganisation of the Romanian Blood System” project. The project aims to support Romania in setting up a fit-for-purpose and efficient blood transfusion system aligned with European Union and EDQM standards. The EDQM is therefore...
European Pharmacopoeia / Ph. Eur. Commission News 17 September 2020 Strasbourg, France
At its 167th session in June 2020, the European Pharmacopoeia (Ph. Eur.) Commission adopted the revised version of the dosage form monograph on Parenteral preparations (0520) which gives mandatory quality requirements for a large number of medicinal products on the European market.

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The EDQM has concluded its investigation following reports that paracetamol manufactured by a specific company holding a certificate of suitability could be contaminated with the impurity 4-chloroaniline (PCA).
The content and layout of the current Certificate of Suitability (CEP) remains very similar to the original created in 1992. The EDQM is nonetheless well aware of the far-reaching effects that globalisation, the rise of digital...
Users of CEPs are invited to provide comments on draft monographs published in Pharmeuropa 32.3 before 30 September 2020.

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06 October 2020 to 08 October 2020
Strasbourg, France
10 October 2020
Strasbourg, France
27 October 2020 to 29 October 2020
Strasbourg, France
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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