This program combines general considerations for Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) compliance management with the principles of phase-appropriate GMP considerations, with an emphasis on needs of virtual companies. (“Virtual companies” are those who outsource GMP operations to Contract Manufacturing Organizations (CMOs) and Contract Analytical Laboratories.)
Virtual companies typically do not conduct “hands on” manufacturing, but do perform tasks which are governed by GMP, for example, dispositioning final product, managing the supply chain, investigating complaints, and providing training to staff in GMP compliance concepts. Such companies often struggle to decide how to structure their quality management system, which procedures they need or do not need, and how to best manage vendor relationships. In addition, the application of GMP requirements to the manufacture of investigational products requires exercise of judgement over the life cycle from early phase (Phase 1) to peri-approval (late Phase 3). Understanding what is required by FDA and other regulatory agencies is important to assure timely approval, since GMP compliance issues can result in approval delays.
In this two day workshop conference you will learn how GMP applies directly to virtual company operations, how to best structure a quality management system in a virtual company, and a method to decide which procedures are necessary at what points in time. You will also learn best practices for quality agreements and vendor management. In addition, you will learn the current guidance from FDA for application of GMP to the manufacture of Phase 1, 2 and 3 clinical trial materials. Though FDA requirements are the primary emphasis, some discussion of EMA (European) requirements and other venues will also be included.