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.