Ensuring the safety of our nation’s drug supply is a cornerstone of our consumer protection mission. Overseeing the quality and safety of pharmaceutical manufacturing is key to these efforts. With the emergence of new markets, supply chains are more complex. Drug production and testing operations have also become more computerized. These changes represent new opportunities and challenges.
Having clear guidelines for companies on how to prevent product quality issues is an important step to protecting patient safety and preventing drug shortages of critical medicines. To meet these challenges, our policies and guidance must also evolve to ensure that quality standards are maintained, and to assist companies in building a culture of quality. To that end, one area we’ve focused new attention on in recent years is data integrity. Our goal is to ensure that the data associated with drug manufacturing are complete, consistent, and accurate, and therefore reliable.