This post was most recently updated on August 5th, 2022
What is GMP?
Good manufacturing practices, or GMP, are a set of regulations and laws that govern the production of technical or medical products. This includes everything from pharmaceutical drugs and surgical implants to car tires and dish detergent. Primarily developed by the food industry, these practices have been adapted for use in many other fields as well. In this article, we’ll explain what a good manufacturing process is and how every member of your team can get involved with it.
The Origin and Development of GMP
GMP is used in many industries, but it’s most commonly associated with the pharmaceutical industry. In fact, GMP has been around since the mid-20th century when it was first developed by Japanese companies in response to poor standards at factories during World War II.
In those days, many drugs were made using raw materials from different sources or just whatever was handy; this meant there was no consistency between batches of medication made by different manufacturers or even batches produced by the same manufacturer at different times—and this could lead to some pretty serious consequences for patients who took those medications.
To solve this problem, GMP aims to create uniformity across all aspects of production so that consumers can be sure they’re getting a consistent product every time they use something made according to GMP guidelines (and hopefully not accidentally poisoned).
In order for GMP checks to be performed correctly, it is necessary for companies to adhere closely to their production standards — which means following strict rules on every step from how raw materials should be sourced through how finished products should be stored and packaged.
GMP vs cGMP
Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) and current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) are, in most cases, interchangeable. GMP is the basic regulation promulgated by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) under the authority of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to ensure that manufacturers are taking proactive steps to guarantee their products are safe and effective. cGMP, on the other hand, was implemented by the FDA to ensure continuous improvement in the approach of manufacturers to product quality. It implies a constant commitment to the highest available quality standards through the use of up-to-date systems and technologies.
GMP has been passed as an amendment to the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act of 2012 which allows manufacturers who have met the requirements set forth by this law to continue using their existing processes while they develop new ones.
cGMP was first introduced in 2008 when it was mandated by FDA regulations that all medical products be manufactured under strict control measures; this includes quality control procedures, personnel training programs, policies governing record keeping, documentation requirements and procedures for resolving complaints/disputes with customers/patients/third parties.
Why Is GMP Important?
What’s more important than passing inspections is establishing good manufacturing practices throughout the entire organization.Good manufacturing practices are exactly what you’d think: a set of guidelines that ensure your product is safe, of high quality and can be safely handled in the workplace.
These standards are designed to keep employees healthy and prevent environmental contamination, which is important for many industries (such as pharmaceuticals) but especially crucial for those who work with foods or drugs. But GMP isn’t just about inspections—it’s about establishing good practices throughout your organization so that you’ll pass your next inspection with flying colors.
So why do we need GMPs? Because they help protect the consumer from contaminated food products or medicines, reduce liability costs by ensuring that proper procedures are followed at every stage of production and make sure workers aren’t exposed to unsafe conditions or materials during their shifts.
The Role of Teamwork in GMP
When it comes to ensuring GMP, much of the responsibility falls on the production manager. As you can see, it’s the production manager’s job to ensure that the company is following GMP guidelines.
This includes making sure that all of your employees are properly trained on how to follow these guidelines, as well as keeping an eye on any deviations from them. The production manager is also responsible for ensuring that the company follows regulations and laws related to GMP.
It’s important that everyone who works in your company knows what good manufacturing practices are and how they can be applied to their role. The GMP guidelines apply to every single employee in your company. It’s important that everyone who works in your company knows what good manufacturing practices are and how they can be applied to their role. This includes:
- QA (quality assurance) personnel
- production workers, including those who operate machinery and do assembly work
- packaging personnel
- shipping staff
Good manufacturing practices involving everyone in the company is crucial to keeping everything safe and consistent. If everyone understands what GMP looks like on paper or online (in a database), but no one knows how those principles apply when making decisions about their own role in daily operations at work then you won’t see any improvements come out of implementing these guidelines into practice.
And that’s a quick look at what GMP is and why it’s important for your company to know about. There’s plenty more to learn if you’re interested in learning more about this topic, but we hope that this post has given you a good foundation.