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ISPE has announced the launch of its Advancing Pharmaceutical Quality (APQ) Program with the publication of the ISPE APQ Guide: Corrective Action and Preventive Action (CAPA) System, a guide dedicated to the topic of CAPA. This article describes how the APQ Program has been built and summarizes the...
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This article describes the Pharmaceutical Equipment Exposure Measurement Database (PEEM-DB), which was launched in July 2019 by the ISPE Japan Affiliate for its members. PEEM-DB is offered as a tool for rationally advancing optimal containment equipment settings by collecting exposure measurement...
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Personnel management is the most challenging variable in maintaining current Good Manufacturing Practice (cGMP) across the life cycle of drug manufacture, safety, and supply. A standard operating procedure (SOP) outlines agreed-upon instructions for personnel training and instructions for...
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Drug developers know that the odds of anyone compound demonstrating safety and efficacy for a disease and its affected populations are low. How can drug developers improve these odds and increase the efficiency and effectiveness of drug development? One useful tool is model-informed drug...
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Recently, recalls of angiotensin receptor antagonists, particularly valsartan, and warning alerts about N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) impurities in drug substances such as ranitidine and metformin have demonstrated the urgent need for manufacturers and regulators to control impurities throughout...
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Online water bioburden analyzers (OWBAs) are analytical instruments providing real-time or near-real-time measurement of bioburden in purified water systems.Cundell, A., O. Gordon, N. Haycocks, et al. “Novel Concept for Online Water Bioburden Analysis: Key Considerations, Applications, and Business...
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The process life-cycle model, as discussed in the US FDA guidance on process validation, is a significant change in how we view validation.US Food and Drug Administration. “Guidance for Industry. Process Validation: General Principles and Practices.” January 2011....
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Joydeep Ganguly, who is currently Senior Vice President, Corporate Operations, at Gilead Sciences, Inc., places a premium on working for a mission-oriented company. “If you choose the right company with the right ethos and a deep, tangible commitment to the patients, the mission is not just...
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Pharmaceutical companies rely on automated vision inspection (AVI) systems to help ensure product safety. Although these systems overcome challenges associated with manual inspection, they can be hindered by limitations in their programming—if the system is programmed to consider every variation in...
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As biopharmaceuticals have become a major part of the pharmaceutical industry, we have witnessed significant transformations in product development, strategy, technology, and operations. This ongoing transformational process was the main theme of the fourth annual ISPE Europe Biotechnology...
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Oligonucleotides are a relatively new class of drugs, composed of natural and synthetic nucleotides, which primarily include small interfering RNA (siRNA), micro RNA (miRNA), and antisense oligonucleotide (ASO). These molecules achieve therapeutic effects through RNA interference, degradation, or...
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In many critical ways, the design of facilities for multiple cell therapy processes is unlike the design of conventional pharmaceutical facilities. This article surveys several of the key issues to consider when designing facilities capable of manufacturing multiple cell therapies, including...
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The current regulatory framework in the pharmaceutical industry places pressure on marketing authorization holders (MAHs) to demonstrate quality oversight, and a systematic risk management process is a prerequisite for avoiding compliance and productivity pitfalls. This article focuses on options...
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The 2020 ISPE Annual Meeting & Expo will be ISPE’s first completely virtual Annual Meeting. As always, there will be great learning and networking opportunities—in fact, the digital format offers greater flexibility for attendees.
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Existing risk-based approaches to computerized system compliance and validation as outlined in GAMP® 5International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering. GAMP® 5 Guide: A Risk-Based Approach to Compliant GxP Computerized Systems. North Bethesda, MD: International Society for Pharmaceutical...
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Each year, ISPE celebrates innovations and advances in pharmaceutical manufacturing technology with its Facility of the Year Awards (FOYA) program. This year, we added a new category, Social Impact, to recognize companies that developed new standards and practices to prevent drug shortages and...
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The ISPE France Affiliate is fortunate in many ways. The pharmaceutical industry in France is world class, employing close to 100,000 people and generating €55.9 billion in annual revenue.LEEM. “French Pharmaceutical Industry—Key Data 2019.” Accessed 9 July 2020....
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The latest ICH guideline, ICH Q12,International Council for Harmonisation of Technical Requirements for Pharmaceuticals for Human Use. “ICH Harmonised Guideline: Technical and Regulatory Considerations for Pharmaceutical Product Lifecycle Management. Q12. Final Version.” 20 November 2019....
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Recent projects on serialization and track and trace help illustrate the concepts of vertical and horizontal integration. With vertical integration, the unique product identification information (serial number, lot, etc.) used by sensors and printers on the packaging lines is made accessible to the...
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The 2020 ISPE Aseptic Conference was capped off on Tuesday, 3 March, by the Interactive Regulatory Panel session, which has been a popular feature of the conference during its 29 years. The session featured a panel of seven US FDA regulators who addressed a long and varied list of questions about...
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Pam Cheng is Executive Vice President, Global Operations & Information Technology, at AstraZeneca, a United Kingdom–headquartered pharmaceutical company with more than 60,000 employees. In this role, she combines her expertise as an engineer with business savvy and seeks opportunities to lead her...
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As the old saying goes, “Time is money.” In today’s industrialized world, this adage is profoundly true. Manufacturers can no longer afford to overlook operational excellence. A new production philosophy called “Lean manufacturing” has been developed to save as much time as possible during...
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At the 2019 ISPE Global Pharmaceutical Regulatory Summit, regulators updated attendees on approaches to industry innovations and the ongoing work on harmonization and reliance around the world.
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Virtually every ISPE member has at least one story to tell about how health authority inspections or the review and approval of regulatory applications have affected their efforts to supply critically needed medications to patients globally. Although these stories may emphasize the considerable...

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Featured in this edition of iSpeak Reading Roundup, are the top blog posts from December 2020. Discover key insights for cleaning validation practices, risk-based approaches to quality, and more for what the pharmaceutical industry was reading last month.
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As we enter the new year, this is the perfect time to make the 2021 ISPE Aseptic Conference part of your personal professional development plans. The virtual conference will allow participation from across the globe with no risk to pandemic exposure. The three-day format with shorter sessions will...
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Lou Kennedy, Nephron Pharmaceuticals’ President & CEO and active ISPE Member, was recently honored with a 2020 Business Leader and Public Servant of the Year Award. We spoke with Lou to learn more about her company, the many initiatives she and Nephron are undertaking on behalf of pharma, Nephron’s...
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My parents always told me when I was growing up that I could be anything I wanted to be. They strongly steered me in the direction of engineering at North Carolina State University, so that I would be able to earn a degree that would ensure my future was my own. When I was eight years old, I was...
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I think everyone will join me in celebrating the start of 2021! With all the challenges brought by 2020, last year also demonstrated the resilience and innovative thinking of ISPE members. With collaboration and perseverance in mind, I was delighted to begin my tenure as ISPE International Emerging...
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I was a skeptic. When the Women in Pharma® (WIP) program started in 2016, I had previously attended several other professional women’s programs and usually left disappointed, as these programs did not provide the information I was seeking. The ISPE Women in Pharma® program is different. The program...
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Featured in this edition of iSpeak Reading Roundup, are the top blog posts from November 2020. Discover key insights for cleaning validation practices, risk-based approaches to quality, and more for what the pharmaceutical industry was reading last month.
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The Life Sciences industries adhere to strict documentation practices to prove quality and compliance. We’re all familiar with the truism “If it isn’t written down, it didn’t happen.”
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FDA Commissioner Stephen M. Hahn, MD, spoke about the lessons learned from COVID-19 in a presentation during the ISPE Annual Member Meeting on 5 November at the 2020 ISPE Annual Meeting & Expo. He discussed how the FDA has been responding to the pandemic, including how actions taken in response to...
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2020 ISPE Europe Annual Conference This article covers a regulatory panel discussion at the virtual 2020 ISPE Europe Annual Conference on the topic of Distant Assessments on GMP and Inspection Reliance. Driven by digitalization, these assessments help the industry and regulators manage inspection...
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We are constantly being influenced and we ourselves are influencers. As children, we hear the quote that “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” What people say and even what people do not say, can have a lasting impact. We are first influenced by our families and some...
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2020 ISPE Europe Annual Conference At the 2020 ISPE Europe Annual Conference on 16–17 September, which was a virtual conference, three regulatory panel discussions included more than 20 regulators from eight countries and the European Medicines Agency (EMA), Medicines and Healthcare Products...
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Article 117 of the EU Medical Device Regulation (MDR), fully applying May 26, 2021, is significantly impacting BioPharma companies. While integral drug-device combination products (such as pre-filled syringes and pre-filled injectors) are regulated as medicinal products in Europe (EU), certain...
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In 2014, Pharmaceutical Engineering® published an article, “Lessons Learned in the Ballroom,”Wolton, D. A., and A. Rayner. “Lessons Learned in the Ballroom.” Pharmaceutical Engineering 34, no. 4 (2014). which presented for the first time an alternative to the then-popular ballroom concept adopted...
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Featured in this edition of iSpeak Reading Roundup, are the top blog posts from October 2020. Discover key insights for cleaning validation practices, risk-based approaches to quality, and more for what the pharmaceutical industry was reading last month.
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2020 and the COVID-19 pandemic have presented tremendous challenge to the world and the pharmaceutical industry—but from the pandemic has come stepped up development of vaccines and treatments, increased urgency to address supply chain challenges, and forging ahead to develop and expand of cell and...
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When fluid-filled containers are stored for long periods of time with negligible motion, sedimentation and gravitational settling of particles can occur. This article discusses a passive sedimentation control mechanism that is driven by Marangoni stress, which is induced in enclosed geometries when...
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Executives at manufacturing companies of all sizes need to make decisions about where to invest to maintain and grow their businesses. Investments in manufacturing execution system (MES) applications may reduce costs and increase revenues, but they also might compete with other investment...

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Women in Pharma®: Empowering Women as Industry Leaders Cover: Women in Pharma® is a place where women and men—especially those new to the industry—can access a network of mentors, role models, and educational resources to support their professional success. The widespread global interest and participation in this initiative and its events have shown that women in the pharmaceutical industry are...