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Risk-based strategies  to support revalidation and the assessment  of requirements to maintain the validated state of equipment, process and facilities used for commercial and clinical manufacturing

Risk-based strategies to support revalidation and the assessment of requirements to maintain the validated state of equipment, process and facilities used for commercial and clinical manufacturing

This paper describes risk-based alternative strategies for defending the suitability of equipment and facilities requiring revalidation. These robust and risk-assessed approaches include real-time review, routine monitoring and in-/at-line alarms and measurements to help identify what data and testing are critical to assure the continued validated state of the equipment.

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Raw materials strategy

Raw materials strategy

This document communicates a strategic framework for solving technical problems relating to managing raw materials in the biopharmaceutical industry and encourages biopharmaceutical end-users and suppliers to work together to address specific raw material and end-user process needs. It highlights the importance of implementing industry solutions and sign-posts a range BioPhorum raw materials publications. These establish standard definitions, a common understanding of raw material requirements, and the importance of regulatory, quality, and supply chain links.

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Operational vision: Adoption of in-line monitoring and real-time release

Operational vision: Adoption of in-line monitoring and real-time release

Historically, the biopharmaceutical industry has relied on traditional pharmaceutical manufacturing practices to make and release products. This publication examines the future of biopharmaceutical manufacturing by presenting the vision of fully implemented in-line monitoring (ILM) and real-time release. This aspirational vision includes full ILM, predictive analytics and advanced process controls (APC) enabling release of product in real time, with concomitant predictive and preventative alerts and resolution of process, equipment and other production issues.

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Media and hydrolysates

Media and hydrolysates

This paper discusses the issues around trace elements and gives a suggested approach for developing a method for analyzing trace elements in cell culture media and hydrolysates. The approach is based on a ground breaking BioPhorum collaboration that shared blinded data and compared analytical methods between biopharmaceutical and media manufacturers.

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Trace element variation for chemically defined cell culture media: biopharmaceutical industry requirements and cross-company collaboration to mitigate risks

Trace element variation for chemically defined cell culture media: biopharmaceutical industry requirements and cross-company collaboration to mitigate risks

A proactive risk-based approach to understanding key factors that can introduce product variability is necessary to avoid delays. One such factor identified is elemental impurity variability introduced by cell culture media. Though the impact of the variability will differ, it is important
that both manufacturers and supply partners understand the sources of elemental impurities and perform risk assessments to identify mitigation strategies. Such assessments will allow an understanding of the level of risk, and what steps may be taken to dissipate it. This paper is an effort to drive regulatory bodies, drug manufacturers, supply partners and N-1 suppliers toward a common understanding of the problem and possible solutions that can be taken towards risk mitigation. Though there may not be a single or ideal solution for this issue, a common rational approach can be taken by all parties to understand the impact on their processes and products, to drive identification of mitigation strategies.

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Applying the power of human performance to documentation for successful outcomes

Applying the power of human performance to documentation for successful outcomes

This paper outlines the application of human performance principles to document design and provides guidance for how to implement this in a biopharmaceutical manufacturing environment, with proven results. A more effective system for creating and revising documents—specifically, one that is
aligned with human performance principles—leads to reduced time spent revising documents, improved training and performance, and fewer deviations and CAPAs. By investing the time to understand how work is done and creating documents that align with the needs of the end-user and the realities of how work is performed, we can harness the reliability and promise of a learning organization that is steeped in the principles of human performance.

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A science based approach to qualifying replenishment working cell banks, an industry view

A science based approach to qualifying replenishment working cell banks, an industry view

This paper introduces scientific and technical perspectives and recommendations from industry peers including cell banking technical experts and regulatory representatives from across the globe, representing over 15 pharmaceutical companies. The paper proposes a risk-based scientific approach to qualifying replenishment working cell banks (WCBs) when they are manufactured with, and without, changes. A consistent technical approach to the qualification of replenishment WCBs by incorporating risk-based analysis enables appropriate planning, nimble operations and de-risks product supply for patients by preventing possible delays when replenishing WCBs.

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Guidelines for materials introduction supporting drug substance delivery

Guidelines for materials introduction supporting drug substance delivery

A standard process map providing industry with a set of simple tools containing a structured approach for materials introduction across the supply chain. This paper summarizes a stepwise process that can be used as a guideline for introducing a material to support new drug substance manufacture and can be used in conjunction with detailed, company-specific NPI procedures. In addition it is relevant best practice for cell and gene therapy manufacturers.

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Industry proposal for a simplified registration process of complex and innovative raw materials in Europe

Industry proposal for a simplified registration process of complex and innovative raw materials in Europe

This paper proposes a solution, applicable to all innovative and complex raw materials, to the challenges the biopharmaceutical industry faces with the registration of complex and innovative raw materials in Europe. The biopharmaceutical industry has designed a direct solution to the issue and identified a way to higher quality regulatory submissions, enhanced knowledge, understanding, control and robustness of its products and processes.

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Industry feedback on ICH Q12: implementation considerations for FDA-regulated products

Industry feedback on ICH Q12: implementation considerations for FDA-regulated products

The aim of ICH Q12 is clearly stated as a framework to facilitate the management of post-approval CMC changes. This document in the industry response to an agency consultation on draft guidance on ICH Q12. The biopharmaceutical industry through these comments commends the agency on leading the way to the implementation of ICH Q12. The BioPhorum comments are heavily influenced by the principle of simplification, which is why our views sometimes differ from the draft guideline.

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