IPEC e-newsletter - Excipients Insight September 2017 - 19-09-17

 

Inside this issue

     

Editorial

Dear colleagues,

A warm welcome back after the summer break. We now enter that period which takes us, all too quickly it seems, to the end of another year. September in itself is extremely busy with several committee activities happening and a meeting of the IPEC Europe Board, while the association will be present at two major events - namely the APV/IPEC Europe Excipient Conference in Berlin, (19-20 September 2017) and Powtech 2017 in Nuremburg on 26-28 September. More details are available at info@ipec-europe.org of course, but I did want to mention that we always welcome members' inputs to our various events. And for those of you who may be attending either of the conferences in Germany, please stop by at our stand. There is no substitute for face-to-face contact, surely the best way to find out from you directly what you think about IPEC Europe's current and future direction.

In this edition, we introduce our latest task force to be created, that is, to look at the contact materials used for excipient packaging. As ever, what does and doesn't apply to excipients in the complicated world in which they exist, is not clear. The diverse sources of excipients include several industries such as chemicals and foods, where their own regulations drive considerations when a material is used for pharmaceutical purposes. One of the best things that we can do as part of our mission is to help provide some direction as to what is reasonable which will satisfy regulator and customer alike. The need for this initiative started from enquiries from our membership, so please keep your questions coming so we can be sure we best represent what’s important to you!

Another area where there has been a lot of activity lately relates to the European Food Safety Agency’s (EFSA) – see our article here – and this edition also provides information on antioxidants which also may be used as excipients and alerts us to the fact that when it comes to excipients, we need to always think laterally so we don't fail to detect matters of importance.

So, I will leave you now to enjoy this edition and here’s hoping some of us will get the opportunity to meet in Germany!

 

Frithjof Holtz

Chair of IPEC Europe

 

 

 

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