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GUIDANCE DOCUMENT

Quality Considerations for Continuous Manufacturing February 2019

Draft

Not for implementation. Contains non-binding recommendations.

This guidance is being distributed for comment purposes only.

Quality Considerations for Continuous Manufacturing

Submit Comments by 05/28/2019

Although you can comment on any guidance at any time (see 21 CFR 10.115(g)(5)), to ensure that the FDA considers your comment on a draft guidance before it begins work on the final version of the guidance, submit either online or written comments on the draft guidance before the close date.

If unable to submit comments online, please mail written comments to:

Division of Dockets Management (HFA- 305)
Food and Drug Administration
5630 Fishers Lane, Rm. 1061
Rockville, MD 20852

All written comments should be identified with this document's docket number: FDA-2019-D-0298


Docket Number:
FDA-2019-D-0298
Issued by:
Guidance Issuing Office
Center for Drug Evaluation and Research

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA or Agency) is announcing the availability of a draft guidance for industry entitled “Quality Considerations for Continuous Manufacturing.” This draft guidance provides information regarding FDA's current thinking on the quality considerations for continuous manufacturing of small molecule, solid oral drug products that are regulated by the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER). The draft guidance describes several key quality considerations and provides recommendations for how applicants should address these considerations in new drug applications (NDAs), abbreviated new drug applications (ANDAs), and supplemental NDAs and ANDAs, for small molecule, solid oral drug products that are produced via a continuous manufacturing process. FDA supports the development and implementation of continuous manufacturing for drug substances and all finished dosage forms where appropriate, including those submitted in NDAs, ANDAs, drug master files, biologics license applications (BLAs), and nonapplication over the counter products. Scientific principles described in this draft guidance may also be applicable to continuous manufacturing technologies used for these drugs. However, this draft guidance is not intended to provide recommendations specific to continuous manufacturing technologies used for biological products under a BLA.