PIC/S Guide for Good Manufacturing Practice for Medicinal Products (2013)

From Jan 1, 2017, the PIC/S GMP guide for Medicinal Products V13 will be in effect.  In Australia, the TGA requires version 9 is used, though rumour has it, version 13’s going to be adopted soon.  If such proposals as this one, which is mainly concerned with herbal “medicine” from the Complimentary Healthcare Council are ratified, then all future PIC/s updates will automatically apply to Australian manufacture.  Something to keep an eye on.

Compliance wise adopting PICS/s 13 over 9 is  not too big as deal as the PIC/S guide is based on old ICH Q7A guidelines dating from August 2001 and the right and wrongs do not change much over time unless something major takes place.  What manufacturers will need to pay attention to are the changes between version 9 and 13, namely:

  • Chapter 1, 2, 4, 6 and 7 revised – Part 1
  • Annex 2, 6, 7, 11, 13, 14 and 15 revised
  • QRM principles in PIC/S GMP added – Part 2
Screen shot of PIC's news item

Screen shot of PIC’s news item

Link to guide. (possibly dead) – Google search will find it for you.

Based on the contents of V9, things to review:

  • Quality Management
  • Personnel
  • Documentation
  • Quality Control
  • Contract Manufacturing and analysis

You should already be in control of the above areas as otherwise, you’d be having and uncomfortable 3rd party audit experience.  The overall principles do not change, just the fine-print.

Annex 1 deals with the manufacture of sterile medicinal products, so not much impact to us there. If you are performing risk assessments and utilising ISO9001, QRM should already be familiar to you.


Notes on PIC/S Guide for Good Manufacturing Practice for Medicinal Products (2009)

When I was working in the sterile pharmaceutical industry, I reviewed the The Australian Code of Good Manufacturing Practice for Medicinal Products (2002) as part of my self-development.  This code was  revoked effective from 1 July 2010 and replaced by the PICS Guide for Good Manufacturing Practice for Medicinal Products 2009, as adopted in Therapeutic Goods (Manufacturing Principles) Determination No. 1 of 2009.  Here’s the original review.

I have now reviewed the PICS Guide for Good Manufacturing Practice for Medicinal Products 2009, from the stand point of a microbiologist working collaboratively in a sterile pharma plant.  What my review does is make note of the salient points and I add comments to some.

Both the revoked 2002 Australian GMP code and the 2009 PICs guide are based on ICH Q&A Good Manufacturing practice Guide for Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients which was last modified in 2000.  In 2015 21 pages worth of clarifications were published to clear up some technical questions and to remove ambiguities.  Looking at them, I’m not sure why clarification was needed as they all seem straight forward and answerable by anyone experienced working within a pharmaceutical manufacturing environment.  This means that despite having “no recent experience” as deemed by some potential employers, my knowledge is still bang up to date. Combine that with my fantastic memory and impressive technical skills and I’d be an asset to your company. Continue reading