Input to Regulators
ISPE continues to support a quality metrics program that has value to regulators, industry and patients. ISPE’s input is experiential and data driven, drawn from:
- A quality metrics initiative spanning more than 4 years and led by a core team and senior leaders representing 10 companies
- An extensive pilot program conducted in cooperation with McKinsey and Company with participation from 28 companies and 83 sites. These companies and sites represented a wide range of technologies and included contract manufacturing organizations (CMOs) and laboratories, and drug substance manufacturing sites.
- Response team of knowledgeable practitioners, 21 members, 12 companies including CMOs and API manufacturers
- Ongoing robust dialog with pilot companies and the industry at large at ISPE conferences, workshops, and forums
Insights gained over the past four years remain consistent:
- Definitions and terminology must be exact in order to avoid multiple interpretations by participants, and to enable consistency in reporting and ability to conduct analysis
- Many companies currently collect metric data at a site level and often utilize definitions different from the FDA or agreed ISPE harmonized definitions. Moreover, there are often different definitions or variations in interpretations of a definition between sites in the same company. Consequently, there is a significant burden for companies to collect data against harmonized definitions.
- Frequency of data collection (e.g. quarterly, annually) has a major impact; analytic and reporting burden is proportional to the number of data points collected
- Producing metric data on a product basis is difficult for products manufactured with complex supply chains and for companies with a large number of products. Historically, these data were not commonly produced or included in periodic product reviews (PPRs)
As the public discussion of quality metrics continues, the importance of value relative to the burden is being increasingly recognized. ISPE is uniquely positioned to facilitate the ongoing dialogue between regulators and industry.