ARTICLES BY TIM SANDLE

  • FDA Adopts ICH Final Guidance On Bioanalytical Method Validation
    1/11/2023

    The FDA has issued final guidance on the validation of biological assays, titled M10 Bioanalytical Method Validation and Study Sample Analysis. ICH approved the final guidance in May 2022, so this FDA adoption completes international acceptance of a unified approach. It extends to both full and partial validation for clinical and nonclinical studies.

  • ICH Issues Draft Guideline On Viral Safety Evaluation Of Biotech Products
    12/8/2022

    Viral contamination can affect raw materials, cell culture processes, bioreactor contamination, and downstream processing. ICH's new draft guideline titled Viral Safety Evaluation of Biotechnology Products Derived From Cell Lines of Human or Animal Origin is available for public comment through the FDA (ending Jan. 14, 2023) and through the EMA (ending Feb. 10, 2023).

  • FDA Releases Guidance On Drug Products Containing Nanomaterials
    11/18/2022

    In the FDA guidance entitled Drug Products, Including Biological Products, that Contain Nanomaterials, “nanomedicine” refers to a drug product that contains at least one component with a dimension in the size range of approximately 1 nanometer (nm) up to 100 nm. Focus of the guidance is on a risk-based regulatory strategy.

  • 3D Printing For Pharmaceuticals & Medical Devices: A Primer With Risk Considerations
    1/28/2022

    Implementation of single-use technologies for pharma and medical device manufacturing has introduced advantages in terms of design, sterility assurance, and a reduction in energy usage. 3D printing can deliver precise measurements to production facilities. This article describes the 3D printing process, risk considerations, and limitations — but the future is bright.

  • Risk Factors To Consider When Selecting Medical Devices For Pharmaceutical Applications
    10/22/2021

    While risks can be reduced to a residual level, it is not possible to eliminate a risk entirely. Such risks are foremost about injury to the patient and to the user. Other associated risks may be to the environment or with any data collected. It is incumbent upon the purchaser or distributor to assess a new supplier of medical devices for the relative risk posed by these devices.

  • Prefilled Syringes: Best Practices For Using X-Ray Analysis To Assess Container Closure Integrity
    8/18/2021

    The process of assessing integrity of the filled syringe is generally more complex than the process of assessing glass vials due to the presence of more sealing areas. This article looks at the broad requirement, together with a recent innovation for integrity testing based on X-rays.

  • What To Expect From A Remote Inspection -- & How To Navigate It
    7/23/2021

    Regulators have moved toward remote inspections since the pandemic began, and this is likely to continue. This article presents an overview of the remote inspection process and provides advice on how to prepare for and deal with the inspection on the day, as well as how to respond to any concerns raised following the audit.

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Tim Sandle

Tim Sandle, Ph.D., is a pharmaceutical professional with wide experience in microbiology and quality assurance. He is the author of over 30 books relating to pharmaceuticals, healthcare, and life sciences, as well as over 170 peer-reviewed papers and some 500 technical articles. Sandle has presented at over 200 events and he currently works at Bio Products Laboratory Ltd. (BPL), and he is a visiting professor at the University of Manchester and University College London, as well as a consultant to the pharmaceutical industry. Visit his microbiology website at www.pharmamicroresources.com.