GLOSSARY: Good Manufacturing Practices

Good manufacturing process (GMP) guidelines are essential to ensure drugs are produced to a consistently high quality. GMP guidelines should be implemented at all stages of the manufacturing process to eliminate the possibility of risks, that may not be detected during clinical trials.

If GMP guidelines are not correctly implemented, there is a risk that poor quality and substandard pharmaceuticals could make it on to the market and potentially cause damage to the health of members of the public. Poor quality medicines also cause governments and individuals to waste their money.