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good manufacturing practices gmp good laboratory practices glp and good tissue practices gtp

Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP), Good Laboratory Practices (GLP) and Good Tissue Practices (GTP)

Richard E. Giles, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Regulatory Affairs

Institutional Compliance Office

the questions


General Definitions

Scope & Details





Need Based Origin

Ethical Requirements

Statutory Requirements

Institutional Impacts


Applicability in Processes

Institution/Sponsors/ & Outside Providers


Project/Program Stage

Key Milestones





The Questions
what are they

What Are They?

Regulatory Requirements for the Manufacture and Testing of Drugs, Biological Products, Human Cells & Human Tissues and Devices.

what are glps
What are GLPs?
  • GLPs describe good laboratory practices for conducting non-clinical laboratory studies that support or are intended to support applications for research or marketing permits for products regulated by the FDA. 21 CFR Part 58.
  • Compliance with GLPs is intended to assure the quality and integrity of the safety data filed pursuant to the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act and sections of the Public Health Service Act.
  • Applicable to drugs, biologicals, devices, INDs (Investigational New Drug application) & IDEs (Investigational Device Exemption).
  • Compliance with GLPs not required for research outside the regulatory scope of the FDA.
  • Requirements for CLIA (Clinical Laboratory Improvement Act) Compliance, CAP (College of America Pathologist) Compliance and FACT (Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapies) Accreditation are similar in many aspects to GLPs.
what are gmps
What Are GMPs?
  • Good Manufacturing Practices are defined in 21 CFR for Drugs and Pharmaceuticals in parts 210 & 211 and for Biologicals in parts 600-680.
    • Overlapping requirements occur.
  • GMPs pertain to the minimum current good manufacturing practice for preparation of drug products for administration to humans or animals or for preparation of biological products for administration to humans.
  • There are overlaps between GMPs, GTPs and FACT requirements.
what are gtps
What are GTPs?
  • The FDA has defined Good Tissue Practices for Human Cells, Tissues, and Cellular and Tissue-Based Products for the Prevention of the Introduction, Transmission, or Spread of Communicable Diseases.
  • Definition: HCT/P = ‘‘human cells, tissues, or cellular or tissue-based products.’’
  • 1270—Human Tissue Intended for Transplantation.
  • 1271—Human Cells, Tissues, & Cellular and Tissue-Based Products.
applicability of glps gmps and gtps in health care clinical research institutions
Applicability of GLPs, GMPs, and GTPs in Health Care & Clinical Research Institutions
  • Blood, Bone Marrow & Tissue Collection and Processing for Use in Human Recipients.
    • + FACT, CAP & CLIA
  • Clinical Trials
    • In-House Manufacturing.
    • Contract Manufacturing.
  • Pharmaceutical Operations
  • Laboratory Medicine & Medical Diagnostics (CAP & CLIA)
    • Standard Diagnostic Tests
    • Standard Infectious Agents Tests
    • Custom Testing Services
  • Production of Imaging Agents
who is responsible for glps gmps gtps
Who is Responsible for GLPs, GMPs & GTPs?
  • Institutional components performing tasks covered by GLPs, GMPs & GTPs
  • Institutional components performing oversight tasks
    • Compliance Office
    • Office or Regulatory Affairs
    • IRBs
    • Office of Research Administration
fda s mission statement
FDA's Mission Statement
  • #1 The FDA is responsible for protecting the public health by assuring the safety, efficacy, and security of human and veterinary drugs, biological products, medical devices, our nation’s food supply, cosmetics, and products that emit radiation.
  • #2 The FDA is also responsible for advancing the public health by helping to speed innovations that make medicines and foods more effective, safer, and more affordable; and helping the public get the accurate, science-based information they need to use medicines and foods to improve their health.
fda critical path for medical product development
FDA Critical Path for Medical Product Development

FDA: Challenge and Opportunity on the Critical Path to New Medical Products, March 2004


preclinical versus clinical production

address basic questions about function

test hypotheses & therapeutic approaches

Sources & Quality of Materials

may use uncharacterized outside materials

partial or minimal characterization

Minimal Use of Characterized Lab Reference Banks

Scale & Systems: small to medium

Limited repertoire of QC tests

Facilities & Equipment capable of GLP work. Performance & Validation inconsistent

Personnel training & experience in GLP variable; GMP very limited


produce FDA qualified materials for phase I-III trials.

Sources & Quality of Materials.

outside materials completely characterized & qualified prior to use in production.

Establishment & Maintenance of Well Characterized Reference Banks.

Scale & Systems: small through large.

Extensive in house repertoire of QC tests QA oversight.

Facilities & Equipment Validated for GMP work.

Personnel trained in GLP & GMP.

Preclinical Versus Clinical Production
centers in the fda

Modified from Zoon FDA jhu 99

Centers in the FDA
  • Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research
  • Center for Drug Evaluation and Research
  • Office of Regulatory Affairs
  • Center for Devices and Radiological Health
  • Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition
  • Center for Veterinary Medicine
  • National Center for Toxicological Research
combination products
Combination Products
  • Combination products are assigned to a Center for review and regulation in accordance with the products' primary mode of action.
  • When a product's primary mode of action is attributable to a type of biological product assigned to CDER, the product will be assigned to CDER.
  • Similarly, when a product's primary mode of action is attributable to a type of biological product assigned to CBER, the product will be assigned to CBER.
useful terms
Useful Terms
  • Adventitious Microbial Agents: Agents such as bacteria, fungi, mycoplasma, or viruses not an integral part of a material that may be present as chance contaminants; extrinsic.
  • Gene Transfer Vector (used herein as “vector”): A vehicle composed of DNA (or RNA) for transferring a gene or other nucleic acid sequence of interest; frequently based on viruses, bacteriophage or bacterial plasmids. May be replication defective or competent.
  • Gene Therapy: Transfer of a gene or other nucleic acid sequence by means of a “vector” into a patient to obtain a therapeutic effect.
  • Transduce/Transduction: Transfer of a gene or nucleic acid sequence into a target cell or organism.
  • Monoclonal Antibody: An antibody preparation of uniform composition and specificity produced from a single cell origin “clone” of an antibody producing cell.
polio disease incidence 0 03 1953

PolioDisease Incidence ~ 0.03%, 1953

National Foundation Field Trial: Largest and Most Comprehensive Test of a Medical Product

"The Cutter Incident", Paul A. Offit, M.D., Yale Univ. Press, 2005

polio epidemics
Polio Epidemics

"The Cutter Incident", Paul A. Offit, M.D., Yale Univ. Press, 2005

national foundation field trial salk vaccine
National Foundation Field Trial Salk Vaccine
  • 420,000 children; Salk vaccine (Parke-Davis & Eli Lilly). 200,000 placebo. 1.2 million, nothing. Total 1.8 million.
  • 20,000 physicians & health officers; 40,000 registered nurses; plus 264,000 volunteer principals, teachers & citizens. Cost $7.5 M; today $ 5 B?

"The Cutter Incident", Paul A. Offit, M.D., Yale Univ. Press, 2005

polio vaccinations
Polio Vaccinations

"The Cutter Incident", Paul A. Offit, M.D., Yale Univ. Press, 2005

national foundation field trial result salk vaccine
National Foundation Field TrialResult: Salk Vaccine
  • 16 children died of polio, none of whom received Salk vaccine.
  • 36 children developed severe polio (iron lung required) only two of whom received Salk vaccine.
  • Children who did not receive Salk vaccine were 3.3 times as likely to be paralyzed as vaccine recipients.
  • No polio cases were specifically associated with Salk vaccine.

"The Cutter Incident", Paul A. Offit, M.D., Yale Univ. Press, 2005

national foundation field trial licensing distribution salk vaccine
National Foundation Field TrialLicensing & Distribution: Salk Vaccine
  • Results announced the morning of April 12, 1954 Ann Arbor, Michigan.
  • HEW Secretary Hobby signed licenses April 12, 1954, 5:15 pm for Parke-Davis; Eli Lilly; and three additional companies that had submitted prior samples of vaccine (Pitman-Moore, Wyeth & Cutter).
  • Vaccines shipped shortly thereafter from 13 lots approved by the Laboratory of Biologics Control. Overall, forty lots of approximately 5 M doses distributed.

"The Cutter Incident", Paul A. Offit, M.D., Yale Univ. Press, 2005

polio among recipients of licensed vaccine lots
Polio Among Recipients of Licensed Vaccine Lots
  • April 25, 1954, reports of polio among vaccine recipients begin. 6 cases of paralysis reported by 4/26 received vaccine from the same manufacturer, Cutter.
  • Cutter recalls vaccine 4/27.
  • Langmuir study follow-up.
    • 57 Children paralyzed; 5 died.
    • Vaccine induced disease more likely to be severe.
  • Infection of family & other contacts.
  • Estimates based on Shaw study in Idaho (per Offit) of Cutter lots with residual live virus
    • 200,000 infected.
    • 70,000 develop muscle weakness.
    • 164 severe paralysis.
    • 10 deaths.
  • Note: Wyeth also made vaccine that caused paralysis (lower frequency of contaminated lots)

"The Cutter Incident", Paul A. Offit, M.D., Yale Univ. Press, 2005

problem areas
Problem Areas
  • Mahoney Strain of Type 1 Polio (Highly pathogenic)
    • Good representative of a “hot” virus strain for a protective immune response.
    • Bad if inactivation is incomplete.
  • Filtration
    • Seitz vs. Porous Glass.
    • Change in Quality of Porous Glass Filters. Due to change in staff (one key retirement).
  • Safety Tests
    • Cell Culture. Sample volume (0.1% of final vaccine).
    • Monkey. Subsequent studies revealed that cortisone treated monkeys demonstrated live virus in Cutter samples previously tested in monkeys without steroid. Inoculation into the spinal cord found to be 500 fold more sensitive for detecting live virus.
  • Bulk Intermediate Storage
    • Salk’s lab treated with formaldehyde within days of filtration.
    • Cutter often stored for weeks or sometimes months before inactivation.
    • Viral particle clumping over time.
  • Inactivation Kinetics
    • Salk recommended at least four sampling time points, with the last negative for virus. Total time of formaldehyde exposure = 3 x the time to reach the no detectable virus level.
    • Eli Lilly & Parke-Davis, six time points.
    • Cutter never determined when live virus FIRST eliminated. Disregard of Salk’s inactivation theory.
  • Inactivation Difficulties
    • Cutter never acknowledge difficulties in obtaining consistent inactivation (9 of 27 lots failed).
    • National Foundation selected Eli Lilly & Parke-Davis because they were the only companies to make at least 11 consecutive lots passing safety tests.

"The Cutter Incident", Paul A. Offit, M.D., Yale Univ. Press, 2005

inactivation kinetics
Inactivation Kinetics

Four Point Linearity In the Observable Region

+ Linear Extrapolation.

Four Point Linearity In the Observable Region Requirement Not Followed by Cutter

"The Cutter Incident", Paul A. Offit, M.D., Yale Univ. Press, 2005

adventitious agents
Adventitious Agents
  • SV40 in Polio
    • An “adventitious viral agent”. Was present in monkey kidney cells used to grow polio virus.
    • Found in both Salk & Sabin Vaccines, 1955-1963.
    • SV40 is more resistant to formaldehyde inactivation.
    • IOM Report 10/22/02.
      • Studies of groups of people who received polio vaccine during 1955-1963 provide evidence of no increased cancer risk.
      • However, because these epidemiologic studies are sufficiently flawed, the committee concluded in this report that the evidence was inadequate to conclude whether or not the contaminated polio vaccine caused cancer. In light of the biological evidence supporting the theory that SV40-contamination of polio vaccines could contribute to human cancers, the committee recommends continued public health attention in the form of policy analysis, communication, and targeted biological research.
    • CDC
      • Over 98 million Americans received one or more doses of polio vaccine during the period (1955-1963) when some of the vaccine was contaminated with SV40. SV40 has been found in certain types of human cancers, but it has not been determined that SV40 causes these cancers. The majority of evidence suggests there is no causal relationship between receipt of SV40-contaminated vaccine and cancer; however, some research results are conflicting and more studies are needed.
  • Qualification of MCBs & MSVs are Important!
glps gmps


Basic Components

fda documents
FDA Documents
  • Code of Federal Regulations.
    • Compliance Required.
    • Revisions & New Regulations Published in the Federal Register in draft version for comments before a Final Rule is Issued.
  • Guidance Documents.
    • Published initially on CBER & CDER web page for comments.
    • “… draft guidance, when finalized, will represent the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) current thinking on this topic. It does not create or confer any rights for or on any person and does not operate to bind FDA or the public. You can use an alternative approach if the approach satisfies the requirements of the applicable statutes and regulations. If you want to discuss an alternative approach, contact the appropriate FDA staff.”
    • Do not establish legally enforceable responsibilities.
    • Viewed as recommendation unless regulatory or statutory requirement cited.
  • Points to Consider.
    • Replaced by Guidance Documents.
    • Still relevant for understanding FDA/CBER positions.
fda regulations inds clinical trials
FDA Regulations: INDs & Clinical Trials
  • 21 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 58
    • Good Laboratory Practices (GLP)
  • 21 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 210-211
    • Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP)
  • 21 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 1270-1271
    • Good Tissue Practices (GTP)
  • 21 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Parts 50, 56 & 312
    • Good Clinical Practices (GCP)
    • Protection of Human Subjects, Part 50
    • Informed Consent Requirements, Part 50
    • IRB functions & responsibilities, Part 56
    • Investigational New Drug Application (IND), Part 312. General Provisions; Application Content & Format; Administrative Actions; Responsibilities of Sponsors & Investigators
other relevant regulations for title 21 code of federal regulations cfr

Modified from Zoon FDA jhu 99

Other Relevant Regulations for Title 21, Code of Federal Regulations (CFR)
  • Parts 600 - 680 – Biologics
  • Part 820 - Quality System Regulation
  • Part 25 - Environmental Assessments
  • Part 201, 202 - Labeling & Advertising
  • Part 800 - In Vitro Diagnostics
what is covered in glps gmps

Organization & Personnel



Testing Facilities Operation

Test and Control Articles

Protocol for and Conduct of a Nonclinical Laboratory Study

Records and Reports


Organization & Personnel

Buildings & Facilities


Control of Components, Containers & Closures

Production & Process Control

Holding & Distribution

Laboratory Controls

Records & Reports

Returned & Salvaged Products

What Is Covered in GLPs & GMPs?
what is covered in glps
Organization and Personnel


Testing facility management.

Study director.

Quality assurance unit.



Animal care facilities.

Animal supply facilities.

Facilities for handling test and control


Laboratory operation areas.

Specimen and data storage facilities.


Equipment design.

Maintenance and calibration of equipment.

Testing Facilities Operation

Standard operating procedures.

Reagents and solutions.

Animal care.

Test and Control Articles

Test and control article characterization.

Test and control article handling.

Mixture of articles with carriers.

Protocol for and Conduct of a

Nonclinical Laboratory Study


Conduct of a Nonclinical laboratory


Records and Reports

Reporting of nonclinical laboratory

study results.

Storage and retrieval of records and


What Is Covered in GLPs?
what is covered in gmps
Organization & Personnel

QC Unit Responsibilities

Personnel Qualifications

Personnel Responsibilities

Buildings & Facilities

Design & Construction


Ventilation, Air Filtration, Heating & Cooling



Design, Size, Location, Construction, Cleaning, Maintenance


Control of Components, Containers & Closures

Receipt & Storage Untested Materials

Testing & Approval/Rejection

Use of Approved Materials

Production & Process Control

Written Procedures, Deviations

Yield Calculation

Equipment Identification

Sampling & Testing of In-process Materials



What Is Covered in GMPs?
what else is covered by gmps
Packaging & Labeling

Materials & Usage



Expiration Dating

Holding & Distribution

Laboratory Controls

Protocols & SOPs Drafted by the Appropriate Unit & Approved by QC Unit

Documentation at the Time of Performance

Any Deviations Documented and Justified

Conformance to Written Specifications for Acceptability

Laboratory Controls

Description of Sampling Procedure

In-Process Testing

Instrument & Apparatus Calibration & Validation

Testing & Release

Stability Testing

Special Testing

Reserve Samples


Penicillin Contamination

Records & Reports

Returned & Salvaged Products

What Else Is Covered by GMPs?
quality assurance qa
Quality Assurance (QA)
  • Quality Assurance
    • Process of monitoring a study to assure management that the facilities, equipment, personnel, methods, practices, records and controls are in accordance with applicable regulations
  • QA units typically report directly to senior management and not through Production Units or QC Units
  • QA units for Clinical Trials report directly to senior management
glp qa
  • Master Schedule Sheet (test article; test system; nature of study; date initiated; current status; sponsor; study director)
  • Maintenance of Protocols
  • Lab Inspections
  • Study Status Reports
  • Deviations from Protocols or SOPs
  • Review & Sign Final Study Report
quality control qc i
Quality Control (QC) I
  • Quality Control is the process, procedures and authority used to accept or reject all components, drug product containers, closures, in-process materials, packaging material, labeling and drug products and the authority to review production records to assure that no errors have occurred, or if errors have occurred, that they have been fully investigated.
quality control ii
Quality Control II
  • QC unit has responsibility for approving or rejecting all procedures or specifications impacting on the identity, strength, quality and purity of the drug product
  • QC testing of ingredients, MCBs, MSV, Production Cells, Production Virus, In-Process Materials and Final Container Samples
quality control iii
Quality Control III
  • QC unit tests are used for Lot Release documentation and preparation of Certificates of Analysis (CoAs).
  • QC units typically report directly to senior management and not through the Production Unit.
criteria for biologics drugs
Criteria for Biologics & Drugs
  • Safety
  • Identity
  • Potency/Strength
  • Purity/Quality Efficacy
production stages
Lab Stocks of Vectors and Producer Cells

Reference stocks of vectors and cells

Screen reference stocks for identity and adventitious agents

Produce Master Cell Bank (MCB)

Characterize & Qualify MCB

Produce Master Virus Bank (MVB)

Characterize & Qualify MVB

Produce Working Cell Bank (WCB)

Characterize & Qualify WCB

Produce Working Virus Bank (WVB)

Characterize & Qualify WVB Produce Production Cells

Produce Seed Virus

Produce a Production Serial

Produce Bulk Harvest

Qualify Bulk Harvest

Processing/Purification of Bulk Harvest

Fill Product in Final Containers

QC Testing of Bulk & Final Container Samples

Completion of QA

Completion of Lot Release Documents & Review

Lot Release

Production Stages
project management for gmp gene therapy vector production
Project Management for GMP Gene Therapy Vector Production

Replication Defective

Adenovirus Vector AdRB94

investigational new drug ind applications 21 cfr 312
1 Form 1571

2 Table of Contents

3 Introductory Statement & General Investigational Plan

4 Reserved

5 Investigator’s Brochure

6 Protocol

7 Chemistry, Manufacturing & Control Information

8 Pharmacology & Toxicology

9 Previous Human Experience with the Investigational Drug

10 Additional Information


Investigational New Drug (IND) Applications (21 CFR 312)
interaction with commercial sponsors types of interactions
Interaction With Commercial SponsorsTypes of Interactions
  • Commercial Sponsor holds the IND
    • Commercial Sponsor and Performing Institution(s) develop a sponsored research agreement
    • Typically the commercial sponsor provides the required support; commercial sponsor provides partial support, e.g. drugs and/or materials
  • Institutional IND
    • Commercial Sponsor
    • Government Grant
    • Foundation Support
    • Institutional Support
    • Mixed Sources
contract manufacturing testing
Contract Manufacturing & Testing
  • Evaluate the Contractors Capabilities.
    • Compliance with GLPs and GMPs.
    • Documentation.
    • Testing SOPs & Procedures.
    • Scheduling Capabilities.
    • Updates on tests in progress and tests scheduled.
    • FDA track records and records of FDA actions concerning the contractor. FDA Form 483s.
gmps for phase i and exploratory inds
GMPs for Phase I and Exploratory INDs
  • Challenge & Opportunity on the Critical Path to New Medical Products.
  • GMP for Phase I.
  • Exploratory INDs.
  • “Science is rapidly coming to understandings of the genetic and molecular mechanisms of not just a disease like cancer, but diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and on and on. As that rapid scientific discovery is occurring, the FDA is committed to facilitating the rapid translation and the development of that knowledge into the development of new drugs or treatments that are going to alleviate those diseases. But rapid does not mean reckless. There is no compromise in the rigor of the clinical trials process, no compromise in the rigor of laboratory testing and animal testing, or on the standards that will be applied.”Remarks by Andrew C. von Eschenbach, M.D., Acting Commissioner of Food and Drugs, Thursday, January 12, 2006


General Definitions

Scope & Details





Need Based Origin

Ethical Requirements

Statutory Requirements

Institutional Impacts


Applicability in Processes

Institution/Sponsors/ & Outside Providers


Project/Program Stage

Key Milestones





where do i go from here
Where Do I Go From Here?
  • Define Your Needs
  • Consult the References Section & Relevant Web Pages
  • Review Your Institutional Supporting Offices
  • Consult with Professional Colleagues
internet references
Code of Federal Regulations,

 Federal Register,



CBER Guidelines,

FDA Guidance for HGT

Warning Letters,

 International Conference on Harmonization (ICH),

FDA: Challenge & Opportunity on the Critical Path to New Medical Products.

US Office of Public Health and Science, Gene Therapy  Links,

National Gene Vector Laboratories,

Biosafety in Microbiological & Biomedical Laboratories,


Foundation for the Accreditation of Hematopoietic Cell Therapy (FAHCT),

American Association of Blood Banks,


Office of Biotechnology Activities (OBA; formerly NIH-RAC),

NIH Guidelines,  US Dept of Health & Human Services

Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP),

Internet References
discussion topics
Discussion Topics
  • GMPs for Phase I Clinical Trials
  • How much GLP & GMP do I need at my institution?
  • What can I do in-house & what to I contract?
interaction with commercial contractors or sponsors
Interaction with Commercial Contractors or Sponsors
  • Scientific, Clinical & Commercial Objectives
  • Project Planning & Management
  • Protocol Development
  • Budget Development
  • Sponsored Research Agreement
  • Regulatory Documents & Approvals
  • Development of Written Implementing Protocols, SOPs, Testing Procedures and Assay Procedures
  • Validation of All Protocols, Tests & Assays and Reference Standards for Tests & Assays