All over the world, to help attain global standards, and to assist in giving people healthcare and pharmaceutical products that are of similar quality, GMP’s have been accepted and followed by most of the countries of the world for the last 50 years. In fact, GMP’s, called Goods Manufacturing Practices, have become guidelines that have helped maintain standards in these products across the world. Countries following GMP ensure quality of pharmaceutical products so that these products can be relied upon by people all over the world. Slowly and gradually, GMP’s have become a pre requisite to export healthcare products between more than 100 countries of the world. It has become a trend to refer to GMP as cGMP. Here, c refers to current rules and regulations that serve the purpose of reminding manufacturers to strictly follow the guidelines and manufacturing procedures that are current and most up to date.
The use of c as a prefix to GMP is a an attempt by regulating authorities to make sure that countries, especially manufacturers who profess to follow the guidelines but still use 20-25 year old machinery and equipment to produce healthcare products are forced to change and adopt the latest and most advanced production procedures. This is a ploy that has certainly forced many manufacturers to give up on old practices and switch over to latest production processes. It has also helped in avoiding contamination, errors and mix ups while at the same time helping in production of highest quality healthcare and pharmaceutical products.
GMP guidelines are very broad in nature and cover all aspects of business such as personnel qualifications, cleanliness, book keeping, systems and procedures, equipment, and so on. In fact, GMP has helped in uplifting the standards of healthcare products and has strict regulations that accepting countries must adhere to. Companies that fail to comply with the provisions of GMP have to face serious consequences that include fines, jail, and recall of products and so on.
GMP vs CGMP
• GMP refers to Goods Manufacturing Practices that are guidelines followed by over 100 countries
• GMP applies to pharmaceutical and healthcare products and help to maintain high standards in these products.
• cGMP is current goods manufacturing practices that need to be adhered to by participating countries.
• cGMP is to remind accepting countries that all guidelines must be followed with latest and current production processes.