: Good documentation practice (commonly abbreviated GDP, recommended to abbreviate as GDocP to distinguish from "good distribution practice"
Good documentation practice (commonly abbreviated GDP, recommended to abbreviate as GDocP to distinguish from "good distribution practice" also abbreviated GDP) is a term in the pharmaceutical and medical device industries to describe standards by which documents are created and maintained.
In a pharmaceutical or medical device environment documentation needs to meet certain requirements to ensure product quality and product safety.
Documentation provides both:
- Information on when, where, who, why and how to complete tasks, and
- Evidence proving that the tasks have been completed as they should be
If an instruction or record is poorly documented, then the manufacture or Quality assurance/control of a product as well as patient safety can be negatively impacted. The standard of documentation within a company can directly impact the level of success in quality of products that are safe as well as success during audit situations. Consequently, GMP /GLP /GCP regulations from PIC/S, FDA, ICH and EU all include mandatory sections on documentation.
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