Sunday, 15 March 2020

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Update: Foreign Inspections

New from the U.S. FDA about suspending foreign inspections in the wake of the SARS-Cov-2 (coronavirus):

'Today, we are providing an update on the status of U.S. Food and Drug Administration inspections outside of the U.S. in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. After careful consideration, the FDA is postponing most foreign inspections through April, effective immediately. Inspections outside the U.S. deemed mission-critical will still be considered on a case-by-case basis.

The FDA based this decision on a number of factors, including State Department Level 4 travel advisories in which travel is prohibited for U.S. government employees, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention travel recommendations, access restrictions being imposed on foreign visitors by certain countries, guidance from the Office of Personnel Management and the importance of the health and safety of our employees. Another critical factor in taking this action is the confidence we have in our ability to maintain oversight over international manufacturers and imported products using alternative tools and methods.'

For further details, see: FDA statement

Posted by Dr. Tim Sandle, Pharmaceutical Microbiology Resources (


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