Unlocking the Mystery of Essential Performance Requirements for Combination Products

Life Sciences, Pharmaceutical Regulation, Drug Discovery & Development, Medical Device, Medical Device Safety and Regulation, Medical Device Innovations,
  • Wednesday, February 16, 2022 | 11am EST (NA) / 4pm GMT (UK) / 5pm CET (EU-Central)
  • 60 min

As the regulatory guidance and expectations around drug device combination products continues to develop, the topic of Essential Performance Requirements (EPRs) which is a relatively new term, has been applied to drug device combination products in the United States market. Combination products bring together the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER), Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER) and Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) during the review process of the application. The aspect of EPRs has now become an expectation for combination products. Currently there is no written guidance on the subject, however, the FDA is working on a formal guidance which is to be released sometime soon.

Although informal guidance for EPRs have been shared within industry, from a regulatory perspective the EPRs should be chosen based on a risk-based process and documented to show they are appropriate for the specific combination product application. EPRs are to have clinical relevance and relate directly to drug quality and patient safety.

This webinar will educate and provide examples of common EPRs for various types of injectable delivery systems. There will be a discussion on the approach that can be taken in identifying risks, characterization and analytical considerations. In addition, the understanding of quality controls to minimize risks and variability associated with these EPRs is critical to satisfy regulatory agencies and meet patient safety requirements. The approach to these controls will cover considerations in the supply chain, but also provide a discussion of the tie of controls to Established Conditions (EC).

Established Conditions, as defined in ICH Q12, are the elements of the control strategy that are necessary to assure product quality and, that if changed, require a post-approval regulatory submission. Q12 is entitled: Technical and Regulatory Considerations for Pharmaceutical Product Lifecycle Management.

This webinar will present the understanding of the total picture of EPRs from identification, control and lifecycle.


Fran DeGrazio, Chief Scientific Officer, West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc.

Fran DeGrazio has 35+ years of experience in the pharmaceutical packaging and delivery industry with extensive expertise in injectable drug products, including vial container closure systems and prefillable systems for combination products. Fran has held numerous technical roles at West, including R&D, Quality & Regulatory, Technical Customer Support, Analytical Laboratories and Scientific Affairs. In her current role as Chief Scientific Officer she is responsible to leverage scientific and regulatory understanding across the enterprise.

Fran received the Philadelphia Business Journal 2018 Healthcare Innovators of the Greater Philadelphia Region Award and the Healthcare Business Woman’s Association Luminary Award for West in 2017.

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Jennifer Riter, Senior Director, Business and Technical Operations, West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc.

Jennifer L. Riter is Senior Director, Business and Technical Operations for the Services and Solutions organization at West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc., Exton, PA. She joined West in August 1996 as an Associate Chemist in the Quality Control group. Her experience blends knowledge of West’s components, containment and delivery systems with hands-on experience of providing technical support and analytical solutions for packaging, delivery systems and combination products to West’s multi-national customers. Ms. Riter has also spoken at several symposiums on analytical testing of parenteral packaging components, devices and combination products as well as on extractables and leachables analysis. Ms. Riter is a member of the Board of Directors for the Lock Haven University Foundation, American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists, Parenteral Drug Association, and Healthcare Businesswoman Association. She earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology/Chemistry from Lock Haven University, Lock Haven, PA and an MBA in Pharmaceutical Business at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA.

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Who Should Attend?

This webinar will benefit in professionals involved with:

  • Device Development
  • Regulatory
  • CMC
  • Combination Products
  • Research and Development (R&D)
  • Quality
  • Engineering
  • Product Development
  • Device Innovation
  • Technology Expert combination products
  • Operations
  • Device Innovation

What You Will Learn

Register for this webinar to learn about:

  • The latest regulatory expectations including ICH Q12 & Established Conditions (EC)
  • The combination product development process and using testing to inform it
  • Strategies to de-risk the combination product development process and use testing
  • Lifecycle management considerations

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West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc.

West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc. is a leading provider of innovative, high-quality injectable solutions and services. As a trusted partner to established and emerging drug developers, West helps ensure the safe, effective containment and delivery of life-saving and life-enhancing medicines for patients. With almost 10,000 team members across 50 sites worldwide, West helps support our customers by delivering over 40 billion components and devices each year.

Headquartered in Exton, Pennsylvania, and in business for nearly a century, West in its fiscal year 2020 generated over $2.15 billion in sales. West is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: WST) and is included on the Standard & Poor’s 500 index. For more information, visit www.westpharma.com.

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