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Past, Present and Future PIC/S GMP Part 1 of 4

In January of 2011, the Health Products Regulation Group (HPRG) Health Sciences Authority (HSA) held a regulatory workshop on Good Manufacturing Practices for Medicinal Products Manufacturers.

One session, conducted by the HSA’s Boon Meow Hoe, traced through the history, current applicability and future trends of PIC/S GMP.

PIC/S History

PIC/S has been at the forefront of Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) standards and guidance documents for some years. As one of the pre-eminent regulatory authorities in the world, PIC/S updates are keenly followed and investigated by pharmaceutical manufacturers and all pharmacovigilance partners.

We’ve already covered why PIC/S compliance is important in a previous blog. In this blog, a review of recent PIC/S activity is listed in the table below, showing the progression of GMPs and guidance documents in recent times.

The original PIC/S GMP Guide of 1972 is a derivative of the WHO GMP Guide. The EU adopted its unique GMP Guide in 1989. Equivalence with the PIC/S GMP Guide was realised and since then the EU and PIC/S have shared GMP updates and revisions. Consequently, the EU and PIC/S GMP Guides are very similar.

Initially, the PIC/S GMP Guide consisted of what is referred to now as ‘Part I’. In 2001 PIC/S utilised the ICH Q7A document as a separate guide for APIs, PE 007. Only in 2006 was the GMP Guide for API incorporated as Part II of the PIC/S GMP Guide.

Related blogs:

Past, Present and Future PIC/S GMP Part 1 of 4 (this blog)

Current PIC/S GMP Guides – Part 2 of 4

The PIC/S GMP Pipeline Part 3 of 4

The PIC/S Pipeline Part 4 of 4