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In 2010, the global CMO market was estimated at $26 billion dollars. Year on year growth has been 10.7% since 2008. The increasing use of outsourcing in the pharmaceutical industry along with recent well-publicized quality issues with CMOs, make it a necessity to have excellent quality oversight of external manufacturers to provide assurance of GMP compliance. A Quality Agreement is one tool used to accomplish this objective.    
A Quality Agreement is a contract between a pharmaceutical firm and a GMP Contract Manufacturer detailing the responsibilities of each party in assuring the quality, safety, and efficacy of the manufactured drug. Recently, the EU and the FDA issued regulatory guidance to bring some clarity and consistency to these quality contracts: 

  • EU GMP Chapter 7 "Outsourced Activities" (Revised)
  • Draft Guidance for Industry - "Contract Manufacturing Arrangements for Drugs: Quality Agreements" May 2013

  • The Who and What of a good Quality Agreement
  • What a Quality Agreement is - and is not
  • Responsibilities of the owner vs. contract facility
  • GMP responsibilities
  • A comparison of the new guidelines from the FDA and the EU

This webinar presentation will provide a thorough understanding of the content that is expected in Quality Agreements from a regulatory perspective.    
Control of suppliers such as Contract Manufacturing Organizations has always been a requirement of the FDA and EU. With the issuance of these new regulatory documents;  the expectation is that there will be written documentation of this control. Proof of this control can be presented to FDA/EU inspectors in the form of a Quality Agreement that is specific to a particular CMO.  

  • Each proposed section of a Quality Agreement is fully analyzed and suggested content is written with the new guidelines taken into consideration
  • A comparison of the two regulatory documents is presented with differences highlighted and discussed
  • A detailed discussion of Quality Agreement topics such as change control, documentation, facilities, and equipment, lab controls, sub-contracting, etc. is covered
  • The latest status of the FDA draft guidance is discussed and a review of comments from the industry is included

  • Quality Assurance
  • External Manufacturing/Outsourcing
  • Quality Auditing
  • Technology Transfer
  • Regulatory Affairs/Compliance 
  • Supply Chain
  • Purchasing
  • Risk Management

Roger Cowan is the founder and owner of R Cowan Consulting Services LLC, a consulting company specializing primarily in the area of pharmaceutical contract manufacturing. He has 37 years experience in pharmaceutical quality assurance and manufacturing. In his career, Roger has held various manager / director positions in Quality Assurance, QC Laboratory, Technical Services Validation, Manufacturing, and Clinical Supply manufacturing and distribution. Roger has taught courses in microbiology at Seneca College (Pharmaceutical Technology Program) in Toronto, Canada.

Roger's areas of expertise include: aseptic pharmaceutical manufacture, GMP facility audits, technical transfer, microbiology, environmental monitoring/contamination control, product sterilization, process development, process validation, clinical supply manufacturing, labeling and distribution, US / International regulatory requirements, regulatory submissions, and quality assurance/control.

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