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What is GMP?
Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) are the set of basic operational and environmental conditions required by any food manufacturing and handling industry to produce safe foods and ensure hygiene throughout the food chain.
Scope of GMP
- To identify and apply the essentials for food safety and hygiene applicable in each process and meet the specified quality standards
- To identify, minimize and eliminate instances of contamination, errors, and mix-ups
- To ensure effective, consistent, and hazard-free processes of food testing, manufacturing, storage, handling, and distribution
A comprehensive approach to GMP encompasses the Safety, Integrity, Purity, Quality, and Composition of food products, which are met by the control and proper utilization of the key components or the 5Ps of GMP;
- Personnel Practices
- Premises Control
- Paper-works and Processes
- Primary Materials and Products
For establishing and implementing GMP, there are some basic parameters that must be defined and fulfilled, they are the “Ten Principles of GMP”.
- WRITING PROCEDURES
- FOLLOWING WRITTEN PROCEDURES
- DOCUMENTING FOR TRACEABILITY
- DESIGNING FACILITIES AND EQUIPMENT
- MAINTAINING FACILITIES AND EQUIPMENT
- VALIDATING WORK
- DEFINING, DEVELOPING, AND DEMONSTRATING JOB COMPETENCE
- AVOIDING CONTAMINATION
- QUALITY CONTROL
- AUDITING FOR COMPLIANCE
Adopting these ten principles establishes the minimum methods and requirements for safe, appropriate, consistent, and adequate production that also meets the legal specifications.
Why is it important?
All personalities involved in the food chain, from farmer to consumer are to benefit from a well-executed GMP, and hence it is necessary for everyone to be aware of what it entails…
While the main objective of establishing GMP is to improve the quality and hygiene of food products, it also functions as an organizational guideline that brings structure to an entity and prompts personnel on what to do and what not to. It is a critical system that helps ensure proper design, monitoring, and control of all processes and facilities. An effective GMP promotes consistency and reduces potential risks. In the long run, one can expect a maximum return on investment through the implementation of GMP precisely.
What does it mean to the consumers?
Customers and consumers are the focal points of establishing every GMP. It is a moral and legal right of people to expect and know that what they are paying for is safe and of quality. They should be confident that what’s on the label is in the product. GMP compliance means a product produced in a safe, controlled, and hygienic environment, reduced risk of the contaminated and incorrectly labeled product, a base of assurance that the food is suitable for consumption. It helps gain confidence in imported food materials.
If there were no guidelines to follow, the manufacturing process would be in chaos and there would be no way to know that every unit produced is on par and held to the same quality and level of safety. GMP provides a shield from vulnerability to food-borne illnesses and covers the risks of not knowing the dosage of a certain element or being exposed to a certain allergen.
What does it mean to the company?
Quality Control, Quality Assurance, Documentation, and Verification are the components of GMP that go a long way to sustain the production system. It is a way to catch and eliminate errors before a product goes out to the market, which means saving on the expenses of product recalls and reputational damage.
It is not possible to define a whole batch by testing one sample. GMP is an all-encompassing process that puts in place definite protocols, assuring that each unit in each batch is consistent and up to the same quality standard. One of the main goals of GMP is to maintain the integrity of products, mitigating environmental and human causes of deviation, which in turn helps to enhance a product identity and cut down on facility losses. If issues arise, GMP will be in place to recognize, investigate and take appropriate action to protect the consumer. GMP brings out a competitive edge in upholding a company’s reputation and provides a set of benchmarks to be constantly met. Compliance to GMP can help with:
- Legal Requirements and Consumer Satisfaction
- International Trade
- Recognition and Reputability
- Proven Business Credentials
- More Business
- Minimized Product Recalls and Wastage
- Product Tracing and Reduced Investigation Time
- Resource Saving