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Brexit - UK Government update on implementation period

6th August 2018

The British Government has issued technical information on what the implementation period means for the life science sector. This includes details on how the EU’s new Clinical Trials Regulation (CTR) will be approached by the UK.

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MHRA have joined government hub

18th July 2018

From 18 June 2018 the Agency moved out of its Victoria location to a new, modern office in Canary Wharf. The relocation follows the establishment in 2016, announced by the Cabinet Office, of a new Government Hub for more than 5,000 civil and public servants in East London.

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EMA Guidance

20th June 2018

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) and the European Commission have updated their guidance to help pharmaceutical companies prepare for the United Kingdom’s (UK) withdrawal from the European Union (EU).

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EMA Consultation Document Released 23rd May 2018

6th June 2018

Draft guideline on the responsibilities of the sponsor with regard to handling and shipping of investigational medicinal products for human use in accordance with good clinical practice and good manufacturing practice.

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MHRA Publish 'GxP Data Integrity Guide'

13th March 2018

Covering Good Clinical Practice, Good Distribution Practice, Good Laboratory Practice, Good Manufacturing Practice and Good Pharmacovigilance Practice, there has been significant stakeholder interest in the development of the guide. MHRA received over 1300 comments from industry, and trade and professional groups across all GxPs during the consultation process. Such a high degree of engagement required an extended period of review by the MHRA’s GxP data integrity team formed from their GCP, GDP, GLP, GMP and GPvP inspection groups. The GxP data integrity guidance has a high degree of alignment with documents published by other regulators such as PIC/S, WHO, OECD (guidance and advisory documents on GLP) and EMA. It is designed to facilitate compliance through education, whilst clarifying the MHRA’s position on data integrity and the minimum expectation to achieve compliance.

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MHRA GPvP Inspectorate Guide to Marketing Authorisation Holder Considerations for Agreements with Pharmacovigilance System Service Providers

23rd January 2018

The pharmacovigilance systems of marketing authorisation holders are often dependent on multiple third parties; extensive outsourcing and partnering is a feature of the pharmaceutical industry as much as any other. The range of activities spans individuals providing ad hoc advice to the outsourcing of the entire suite of critical pharmacovigilance processes and governance roles via licensing or marketing authorisation holder partners, vendors for services or tools, and individual contractors. Whilst the majority of service providers offer a valuable and compliant support to marketing authorisations holders, the MHRA GPvP Inspectorate experience is that marketing authorisation holders do not always include adequate text in written agreements to allow management of the outsourced activities and the risk of serious pharmacovigilance failures.

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MHRA Update to pharmaceutical companies on exit preparations

16th January 2018

An update from the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) to pharmaceutical companies on preparations for exiting the European Union

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EMA relocation decision

21st November 2017

A roundup of links on the EMA relocation decision can be found here.

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CSQA and RQA Collaboration Agreement

7th September 2017

The Asia QA Forum is a confederation of QA societies in Japan, Korea, China, Taiwan, Thailand, India, Malaysia and Singapore. The Forum arranges a conference every two years - RQA was invited to the 2017 Asia QA Forum 3rd International Conference in Beijing, China. On day one of the Forum Conference, on 7th September 2017, the Chinese Society of Quality Assurance (CSQA) and the Research Quality Association (RQA) signed a Collaboration Agreement that recognises the importance of mutual contribution to both parties, the industry and society. At a luncheon organised by the Asia QA Forum Council, the Research Quality Association was invited to speak in support of its application to become an Associate Member of the Asia QA Forum. Following a brief presentation, by Anthony Wilkinson, introducing the RQA and outlining what the Association could contribute to the Asia QA Forum, the Council unanimously agreed to approve RQA’s application. Accordingly, the Research Quality Association has been formally accepted as an Associate Member of the Asia QA Forum.

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New recruitment Opportunity - The University of Liverpool

7th August 2017

A new recruitment opportunity added to the website - Quality Assurance Manager at the Liverpool Experimental Cancer Medicine Centre (LECMC)

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