Current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMPs)
Current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMPs) represent the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's extensive requirements that over-the-counter and dietary supplement manufacturers must follow. This system of controls helps to prevent instances of contamination, mix-ups, deviations, failures, and errors. cGMPs set standards for manufacturing and testing in the following areas: raw materials, quality assurance, record-keeping throughout the manufacturing process, standards for cleanliness and safety, qualifications of manufacturing personnel, product testing, production and process controls, and warehousing and distribution. CHPA member companies document how their specific processes meet cGMP standards. Adherence to cGMP regulations assures the identity, strength, quality, and purity of drug products.