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Nuts and Bolts: A Perspective on the Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic Workshop Session Seven


‐ Feb 3, 2021 11:15am

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the biopharmaceutical industry and regulatory agencies on many
different fronts. More specifically the ‘Nuts and Bolts’ session will review the impact of the pandemic on
manufacturing & supply chain continuity, new technologies that are being explored to mitigate pandemic
related constraints, routine quality management topics including internal and health authority interactions.
This session will also introduce how regulatory agencies are responding to new challenges through the
example of the FDA.

• The impact of the pandemic on manufacturing operations - how to maintain complex supply chain
continuity with a workforce that is now working from home, may be sick or carriers of the virus.
Manufacturing operations may be further challenged with limitations in some raw materials,
supply constraints resulting from transportation disruptions.
• The impact of the pandemic on use and further development of digital technologies enabling the
daily operation and interactions with regulatory agencies.
• The impact of the pandemic on the biopharmaceutical manufacturers' 'license to operate' - how to
remain compliant with regulatory expectations to get approval of new products and meet growing
market demands for commercial products, how bio manufacturers have set themselves up for
virtual inspections and other virtual compliance routines.
• Impact of the pandemic on FDA - how inspections are dealt with during the pandemic with the
inability to travel, paper review or acceptance of other agencies conclusions in lieu of inspections,
virtual inspections, risk -based approach for pre-approval and pre-license inspections, etc.