The draft for comment of this superordinated Guideline was already published in the middle of 2013 (we reported). Since then, nothing has fundamentally changed. Only changes to the following chapters have been made:
1. Pharmaceutical quality system (formerly "quality assurance")
2. Good Manufacturing practices for pharmaceutical products
7. Contract production, analysis and other activities
17. Good practices in quality control
Compared to the draft from 2013, the new document contains an extended description of the pharmaceutical quality system. In Chapter 1, the ultimate responsibility of senior management has been strongly emphasized. Likewise, the aspect of qualification has been complemented. In Chapter 2, the required review of processes has been extended to the scientific aspect (so far only review based on experience only).
The Guideline "Good Manufacturing Practices for Pharmaceutical Products: Main Principles" has been published as Annex 2 of the Technical Report 986.