U.S. flag An official website of the United States government
  1. Home
  2. Regulatory Information
  3. Search for FDA Guidance Documents
  4. Questions and Answers on Current Good Manufacturing Practices for Drugs
  1. Search for FDA Guidance Documents


Questions and Answers on Current Good Manufacturing Practices for Drugs March 2018

Docket Number:
Issued by:
Guidance Issuing Office
Center for Veterinary Medicine
Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research
Center for Drug Evaluation and Research

As part of the Current Good Manufacturing Practices (CGMP) initiative announced in August of 2002, and to help FDA be more transparent with CGMP policy, we have developed this question and answer resource on current good manufacturing practices. We intend to use this format to provide timely answers to questions about the meaning and application of CGMPs for human, animal, and biological drugs, and to share these widely. These questions and answers clarify statements of existing requirements or policy that are minor in nature, and as such, are considered Level 2 guidance. You may submit comments on this guidance at any time. Submit comments to Docket No. FDA-2017-D-6821 (see the instructions for submitting comments in the docket). This resource is being cosponsored by CDER, CVM, CBER, and ORA. The Q&As generally clarify the existing CGMP regulations for finished pharmaceuticals: 21 CFR part 211

Questions and Answers on Specific Topics:

This guidance represents the current thinking of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA or Agency) on this topic. It does not establish any rights for any person and is not binding on FDA or the public. You can use an alternative approach if it satisfies the requirements of the applicable statutes and regulations. To discuss an alternative approach, contact CDER.

In general, FDA’s guidance documents do not establish legally enforceable responsibilities. Instead, guidances describe the Agency’s current thinking on a topic and should be viewed only as recommendations, unless specific regulatory or statutory requirements are cited. The use of the word should in Agency guidances means that something is suggested or recommended, but not required.

Contact for Further Information:



Home | General Provisions | Buildings and Facilities | Equipment | Control of Components and Drug Product Containers and Closures | Production and Process Controls | Holding and Distribution | Laboratory Controls | Records and Reports | Returned and Salvaged Drug Products


Submit Comments

You can submit online or written comments on any guidance at any time (see 21 CFR 10.115(g)(5))

If unable to submit comments online, please mail written comments to:

Dockets Management
Food and Drug Administration
5630 Fishers Lane, Rm 1061
Rockville, MD 20852

All written comments should be identified with this document's docket number: FDA-2017-D-6821.

Back to Top