In the News

9th March 2017

New Orange and Green Guides published.

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency has launched its latest guide of UK pharmaceutical regulations, EU directives and guidance.  Aimed at manufacturers and distributors of human medicines the Orange and Green Guides have been revised and updated to keep industry informed of the latest regulations.

The Orange Guide (Rules and Guidance for Pharmaceutical Manufacturers and Distributors), now in its tenth edition, contains information and legislation relating to the manufacture and distribution of human medicines. The new 2017 edition of the Orange Guide has been updated to incorporate changes and additions made to the detailed European Community guidelines on Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) and the revised EU Guidelines on Good Distribution Practice (GDP) The Green Guide (Rules and Guidance for Pharmaceutical Distributors) provides information on the broader distribution of human medicines.
7th March 2017

Three active substances approved by ECHA

The Biocidal Products Committee (BPC) of the European Chemical Agency has adopted opinions supporting the approval of three active substances for use in biocidal products used as preservatives and repellents and one opinion on the comparative assessment for anticoagulant rodenticides. The active substances are: • MIT for product-type 12 • Fludioxonil for product-types 7, 9 and 10 • Margosa extract for product-type 19

27th February 2017

Provisional energy statistics for 2016

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has released provisional energy production and consumption statistics for the year of 2016.

Primary energy production rose by 1.4% per cent above that achieved in 2015 due to rises in oil and gas output. Energy production in 2016 was marginally above the levels of 2012. Renewables energy production rose by 2.3%, with an increase in bioenergy output and nuclear output up 2.0%. Production of coal fell by 51%, to a new record low, due to the closure of all large deep mines, and the remaining mines producing less coal as they come to the end of their operational life. In the last five years coal output has declined by 77%.