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GMP = Good Manufacturing Practice

cGMP = Current Good Manufacturing Practice

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This booklet helps you to easily compare definitions compiled from official glossaries of:

  • the EU GMP Guide
  • ICH Guidelines
  • WHO Guidelines
  • PIC/S Guidelines
  • FDA Guidelines

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Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP)

What is GMP?

GMP protects patients. GMP ensures that they receive medicinal products of uncompromised high quality. Compliance with these quality standards is imperative during the manufacture, processing, packaging and storage of medicinal products. Manufacturing authorisation will be denied to any company that fails to comply with GMP regulations. This is governed all over the world by acts of law, regulations and guidelines issued by government bodies, ministries and international organisations. Their goal is to put safe and effective medicinal products on the market with no harm to the patients.

Anyone who takes part in the production of medicinal products or active pharmaceutical ingredients must comply with GMP regulations, regardless of whether that individual is employed in

  • Executive Management
  • Quality Management
  • Production
  • Quality Control or
  • Engineering

of a pharmaceutical company or supplier.

Every employee must know, follow and implement GMP regulations. Even small errors can have disastrous consequences. Such incidents can lead to official sanctions ranging from suspending sales or closing down the company, all the way to criminal prosecution of the persons responsible. The great challenge is to be familiar with all requirements, to interpret them correctly and to implement them in a timely fashion.

You can protect yourself with

  • proper organisation
  • appropriate processes
  • correct documentation and
  • up-to-date information.

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Good Distribution Practice (GDP)

What is GDP?

The wholesale distribution of medicinal products is an important activity in integrated supply chain management. Today's distribution network for medicinal products is increasingly complex and involves many players.

These guidelines lay down approviate tools to assist wholesale distributors ins conducting their activities and to prevent falsified medicines from entering the legal supply chain. Compliance with these guidelines will ensure control of the distribution chain and consequently maintain the quality and the integrity of medicinal products.

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