Interpreting Q7

The latest version (version 14) of the “How to do” Document – Interpretation of ICH Q7 Guide and “Review form” for APIs was published a few months back. It is intended to facilitate the implementation of the ICH Q7 Guideline and provides recommendations on interpretation.

In this version, the responsible Task Force of the Quality Group of APIC, which is a sector group of the European Chemical Industry Council (CEFIC), mainly made additions and updates in chapters 11 –  Laboratory Controls, 15 – Complaints and Recalls, and in section 16 – Contract Manufacturers (incl. Laboratories).

The addition in section 11.11 for “Approval/rejection of materials” is pretty striaghtforward – have an SOP.

The changes in section 15 for recalls is pretty cosmetic.

I would re-read section 16 on contract manufacturers. Not much substantial here, but the rewrite makes it a good time to ensure compliance.