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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?

Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) is a term that is recognized worldwide for the control and management of manufacturing and quality control testing of foods, pharmaceutical products and medical devices.

These requirements concern methods, equipment or testing, which are used for the production, processing, packaging and / or storage of drugs. This ensures that medicine products fulfil the necessary quality criteria. At the same time the GMP regulations have an increasing influence on suppliers of the pharmaceutical industry such as suppliers of API’s and excipients, packaging materials, manufacturing facilities and testing equipment. The compliance of GMP-regulations is constantly examined by inspectors of health care system authorities.

GMP is referred to as "cGMP" mostly in the United States of America. The "c" stands for "current," reminding manufacturers that they must employ technologies and systems which are up-to-date in order to comply with the regulation.

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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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