GMP Compliance for Pharmaceutical Laboratories

In order to ensure GMP compliance, pharmaceutical laboratories have to devise a holistic and long term plan that covers all aspects of the laboratory’s activities.

Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) requirements for laboratories have been set out by various regulatory bodies. The aim of GMP compliance for a pharmaceutical laboratory is to ensure that

  • Products must meet high quality standards consistently
  • They should fulfil their intended use
  • Policymaking
  • They must be compliant with the requirements set out in the Marketing Authorization (MA) or product specification

Result of guidelines from various regulatory authorities

Guidelines for GMP compliance for pharmaceutical laboratories are issued in conjunction with related regulations and guidelines. Some of these are

  • ICH, consisting of guidance documents of respective member countries, numbered as Q7, Q8, Q9 and Q3D
  • PIC/S: Pharmaceutical Inspection Convention/Cooperation Scheme
  • GMP regulations of EU and the US
  • European and US pharmacopeias, with suggestions on implementing USP regulations such as 1058, 1224, 1226, 232/233

GMP compliance for a pharmaceutical laboratory consists of

In essence, we can understand the core of FDA Medical Device GMP Guidelines to mean the

The next important stage in ensuring compliance across all workflow steps consists of compliance across all workflow steps. These include

To make GMP compliance for a pharmaceutical laboratory comprehensive, the laboratory should put in place a comprehensive compliance master plan, which


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