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The Generic Consistency Evaluation (GCE) was one of these reforms. Historically, generic drugs only needed to demonstrate conformity with the quality standards in China; but they were not deemed equivalent to innovator drugs. In 2017, CFDA solicited public comments regarding Relevant Policies on Encouraging Drug and Medical Device Innovation and Implementing Life-cycle Management (Draft for Public Comment) (2017 No. 54). In this draft, producers of injectable generic drugs shall need to conduct re-evaluation on quality, safety and efficacy.
In 2017, China CDE (Center for Drug Evaluation) published Draft on Technical Requirements for Consistency in Evaluation of Marketed Generic Chemical Drugs (Injections). In this draft, the technical requirements of the evaluation include:
In this same draft, it was stated that the compatibility between drug product and the primary packaging components needs to be considered, and appropriate studies (mainly focused on extractables and leachables) must be conducted according to relevant guidelines released by China CDE. It is also suggested that during stability studies, container closure integrity tests be performed in lieu of sterility tests.
With these GCE policies, the requirements on primary packaging materials are no longer limited to meeting the quality standard, but also meeting fit for use purpose – providing needed protection, compatibility, safety, and performance. The West Scientific Affairs and Technical Customer Support teams have been following these changes closely, and are prepared to help customers navigate these changes and select the right components for use with generic drug products. Contact our Technical Customer Support team for more information.