What is GMP?
GMP refers to the Good Manufacturing Practice Regulations promulgated by the US Food and Drug Administration under the authority of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. These regulations, which have the force of law, require that manufacturers, processors, and packagers of drugs, medical devices, some food, and blood take proactive steps to ensure that their products are safe, pure, and effective. GMP regulations require a quality approach to manufacturing, enabling companies to minimize or eliminate instances of contamination, mix-ups, and errors. This in turn, protects the consumer from purchasing a product that is not effective or even dangerous.
What is cGMP?
GMP is also sometimes referred to as "cGMP". The letter "c" stands for "current," reminding manufacturers that they must employ technologies and systems that are up-to-date in order to comply with the regulation.