This paper is the BioPhorum response to the recent ICH Q14 and Q2(R2) consultation. Overall, the first-draft guidelines seen by the team need to be less detailed in the main body of the documents but more specific to analytical methods. The documents must also be consistent throughout (across Q14 and Q2 and between the main body texts and examples). Further, detailed examples are needed for modalities other than small molecules (e.g., biologics, cell and gene therapies, etc.) as the small molecule examples are not relevant in some key respects. In the view of the BioPhorum team, the current documents will not drive a consistent understanding of regulatory expectations and the provision of information by industry to regulators.
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