Our discussion continues with the physical application of GMP design practices as influenced by the CDC and NIH regulations. The first part of our design discussion covers various processes and their applicable BSL levels, to understand the risk levels and what types of processes must be contained.
In writing my last article about whether the life sciences industry has driven out people’s ability and motivation to think, I was reflecting on one of the most insightful comments I ever received. I had given a good manufacturing practice (GMP) refresher session in a company whose mantra was efficiency and speed. This led to a variety of process and cultural issues, because the desire for speed led to broken systems loaded with Band-Aids, corners being cut, people making mistakes, and more — which in turn created a poor quality culture within the company and led to deviations, scrap, and other problems.
A recently published article examining recent GMP inspection data from CDER (FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research) and MHRA (Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency) notes that “Deficiencies in investigations remains at the top of this list [of the most frequently cited observations] over the past four years. We as an industry cannot seem to get this quite right.” I agree.
Cleaning manufacturing equipment to prevent cross contamination of pharmaceutical products is a fundamental aspect of GMPs. Validation of cleaning processes has been required within cGMP industries for a long time and is recognized as an important activity to establish that product cross contamination is controlled to ensure patient safety and product quality.
India and China represent nearly 40 percent of the world’s population, so their domestic markets for biologics alone represent a remarkable opportunity. However, currently, the opportunities for sales of biological therapeutics remain in more developed countries.
Sponsor companies and contract manufacturing organizations (CMOs) have a lot to consider to develop a clear guide for how their organizations will work together effectively. In this article, practical considerations are explored in addition to the FDA’s updated guidance.
A look at making GMP training more engaging and meaningful — to benefit both the business and its personnel.
What specific skills do managers and supervisors need to be successful in a GMP environment?
Think of your company’s deviations. Concentrate on their most common root cause – the one you see most often and have the hardest time fixing. My high-tech-mind-reading-helmet tells me your answer is human error, correct? Magicians aren’t supposed to reveal their tricks, but this one really isn’t much of a trick. Every company wrestles with human error. We know humans have error rates – we’re not perfect. But how many is too many?