Links to Worldwide GMP Codes and Regulations

International Regulatory Links

The main prerequisite to work under cGMP is the right knowledge and understanding of the actual pharmaceutical regulations related to the specific sales market. This page summarizes the relevant links to regulatory agencies.

USA Food and Drug Association (FDA)
Europe European Union Drug Regulatory Agency (Eudra)
Heads of Agencies for the European Union
UK Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA)
Germany BfArM
Portugal Instituto Nacional da Farmácia e do Medicamento
France French Health Products Safety Agency
Spain Agencia Española del Medicamento
Norway Norway Medicines Board
Sweden Medical Products Agency
Finland National Agency for Medicines
Italy Ministero della Salute
Netherlands CBG
Australia Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA)
Bulgaria Bulgarian Drug Agency
Canada Therapeutic Products Directorate (TPD)
Chile Chile Regulatory Agency
Russia Czech Republic
Denmark The Danish Medicines Agency
Estonia State Agency of Medicines
Greece EOD
Hong Kong Hong Kong Department of Health Welfare and Food
India Ministry of health and family welfare
Ireland Irish Medicine Board
Japan Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW)
Russia Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation
Switzerland Swiss Medic

Below are links to the main international and national GMP Codes (Directives, Regulations) worldwide:

International Conference on Harmonization (ICH):
ICH Home Page
ICH Guidelines – Quality, Safety, Efficacy, Multidisciplinary,
including Common Technical Document (CTD) and Electronic Common Technical Document: (eCTD)

World Health Organization (WHO):
WHO: Home Page
WHO: Medicines (Medicines Policy and Standards…)
WHO: Medicines: Quality Assurance – Links to WHO Guidelines, including WHO GMP
WHO: Certification Scheme for the Quality of Pharmaceuticals
WHO: Prequalification Programme

World Trade Organization (WTO):
WTO: Home Page
WTO: TRIPS Gateway (Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights)

World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO):
WIPO: Home Page
WIPO: Patent Search

Free Patents Online:
Free Patent Search, Free Patent PDF Downloads, Free Intellectual Property Alerts

FDA Regulatory Links

FDA Home Page

FDA Freedom of Information Index

FDA Warning Letters

FDA Recalls

FDA Inspection Guides

FDA Compliance References

CFR Titles

U.S. Code

CBER Guidelines

CDER Guidelines

CDRH Guidelines

CDRH Documents


Investigation Operations Manual

FDA Medwatch (Medical Product Reporting Program)

FDA Phone Book (Staff Directory & Search Program for Employees of HHS-includes email addresses)

United States Food and Drug Administration (US FDA):
US FDA: Home Page
US FDA: Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER)
US FDA: CDER Guidance Documents
US FDA: Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER)
US FDA: CBER Guidance Documents
US FDA: Abbreviated New Drug Application (ANDA) Process for Generic Drugs
US FDA: Current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) Regulations (21 CFR Parts 210 and 211)
US FDA: Drug Master Files (DMF guidance and DMF Database)
US FDA: Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH)
US FDA: CDRH Regulatory and Marketing Advice for Medical Devices
Health Canada: Home Page (in English and French)
Health Canada: Health Products and Food Branch
Health Canada: Legislation and Guidelines – Drugs and Health Products – Main Page
Health Canada: Therapeutic Products DirectorateLATIN AMERICA:
Argentina: Ministry of Health (in Spanish)
Argentina: National Administration of Drugs, Foods and Medical Technology (in Spanish)
Bolivia: Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (in Spanish)
Chile: Health Ministry (in Spanish)
Chile: Institute of Public Health (in Spanish)
Colombia: Ministry of Health (in Spanish)
Colombia: INVIMA Instituto Nacional de Vigilancia de Medicamentos y Alimentos (in Spanish)
Ecuador: Ministry of Public Health (in Spanish)
El Salvador: Ministry of Public Health and Social Assistance (in Spanish)
Guatemala: Ministry of Health (in Spanish)
Guyana: Ministry of Health
Guyana: National Bureau of Standards
Jamaica: Ministry of Health
Mexico: Ministry of Health (in Spanish)
Mexico: Federal Commission for Protection against Health Risks (in Spanish)
Nicaragua: Ministry of Health (in Spanish)
Panama: Ministry of Health (in Spanish)
Peru: Ministry of Health (in Spanish)
Peru: General Directorate of Pharmaceuticals, Devices and Drugs (in Spanish)
Trinidad and Tobago: Ministry of Health
Trinidad & Tobago: Bureau of Standards
Uruguay: Ministry of Public Health (in Spanish)

European Medicines Agency (EMEA):

EMEA : Home Page

EudraLex : The Rules Governing Medicinal Products in the European Union
(including Notice to Applicants, Good Manufacturing Practices,
and other Guidelines for Human and Veterinary Medicinal Products)European Directorate for the Quality of Medicines and Healthcare (EDQM):
EDQM: Home Page
EDQM: Certification of Pharmaceutical Substances – News and General Information
on APIs and Excipients, Certificate of Suitability (CEP) Database
Germany: Ministry of Health
Germany: Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices (BfARM)
Germany: Robert Koch Institute (in German)
Germany: Paul Ehrlich Institute (in German)
Germany: Federal Institute for Risk AssessmentUNITED KINGDOM:
UK: Department of Health
UK: Health Protection Agency
UK: Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency
UK: National Institute for Biological Standards and Control
UK: Veterinary Medicines DirectorateFRANCE:
France: Ministry of Health (in French)
France: Sanitary Safety of Health Products Agency – AFSSAPS (in French)
France: National Agency for Veterinary Medicinal ProductsITALY:
Italy: Ministry of Health (in Italian)
Italy: National Institute of HealthSPAIN:
Spain: Ministry of Health and Consumption
Spain: Spanish Agency of Medicinal Products

Switzerland: Federal Office of Public Health
Switzerland: Agency for Therapeutic Products (SWISSMEDIC)
Switzerland: Federal Veterinary Office


Austria: Federal Ministry of Labour, Health and Social Affairs (in German)
Belgium: Ministry of Social Affairs, Public Health and the Environment
Belgium: Pharmaceutical Inspectorate
Bulgaria: Ministry of Health (in Bulgarian)
Bulgaria: Drug Agency
Croatia: Ministry of Health
Czech Republic: Ministry of Health (in Czech)
Czech Republic: State Institute for Drug Control
Denmark: Ministry of Health
Denmark: Medicines Agency
Denmark: Veterinary and Food Administration
Estonia: Ministry of Social Affairs
Estonia: State Agency of Medicines
Finland: Ministry of Social Affairs and Health
Finland: National Agency for Medicines
Greece: Ministry of Health and Welfare (in Greek)
Greece: National Organization for Medicines
Hungary: Ministry of Health
Hungary: National Institute of Pharmacy
Iceland: Ministry of Health and Social Security
Iceland: Medicines Control Agency
Ireland: Department of Health and Children
Ireland: Medicines Board
Latvia: State Agency of Medicines
Lithuania: State Medicines Control Agency
Luxembourg: Ministry of Health (in French)
Malta: Ministry of Health
Netherlands: Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport
Netherlands: Medicines Evaluation Board
Norway: Ministry of Health and Care Services
Norway: Norwegian Medicines Agency (in Norwegian and English)
Poland: Ministry of Health and Social Security (in Polish)
Poland: National Medicines Institute
Portugal: Ministry of Health (in Portuguese)
Portugal: National Institute of Pharmacy and Medicines (in Portuguese and English)
Romania: Ministry of Health and the Family (in Romanian)
San Marino: Ministry of Health and Social Security (in Italian)
Slovak Republic: Ministry of Health (in Slovak and English)
Slovak Republic: State Institute for Drug Control
Slovak Republic: State Veterinary and Food Administration (in Slovak)
Slovenia: Ministry of Health
Sweden: Medical Products Agency (in Swedish and English)
Turkey: Ministry of Health (in Turkish and English)
Ukraine: Ministry of Health (in Ukrainian, English and Russian)

Brazil: Ministry of Health (in Portuguese)
Brazil: National Health Surveillance Agency (ANVISA)
Brazil: Oswaldo Cruz FoundationRUSSIAN FEDERATION:
Russian Federation: Mednet (in Russian)
Russian Federation: Ministry of Health and Social Development (in Russian)INDIA:
India: Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
India: Central Drug Standards Control Organisation (CDSCO)
India: Drugs & Cosmetic Act & Rules (PDF, 8.76 MB)
India: Notifications of Amendments to the Drugs & Cosmetic Act & Rules
India: Good Manufacturing Practices – Schedule M (PDF, 280 KB)
India: Good Clinical Practice Regulation – Schedule Y
India: Guidelines for Import and Manufacture of Medical Devices
India: List of State Drugs Control OrganizationsCHINA:
China: General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine
China: Ministry of Health (in Chinese)
China: State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA)
China: National Institute for the Control of Pharmaceutical and Biological Products (in Chinese)
Japan: Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW)
Japan: Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Agency (PMDA)AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND:
Australia New Zealand Therapeutic Products Authority (ANZTPA)
(This project is on hold for now, but the site has a lot of useful information)
Australia: Department of Health
Australia: Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA)
Australia: Pesticides & Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA)
New Zealand: Ministry of Health
New Zealand: Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Authority (MEDSAFE)OTHER ASIA-PACIFIC NATIONAL AUTHORITIES:
Bangladesh:Ministry of Health And Family Welfare
Brunei: Ministry of Health
Fiji: Ministry of Health
Hong Kong: Department of Health
Indonesia: Ministry of Health
Korea: Food and Drug Administration (KFDA)
Malaysia: Ministry of Health
Malaysia: National Pharmaceutical Control Bureau
Nepal: Ministry of Health and Population
Nepal: Department of Drug Administration
Pakistan: Ministry of Health Portal
Pakistan: Drugs Control Organization
Papua New Guinea: Department of Health
Philippines: Department of Health
Singapore: Ministry of Health
Singapore: Health Sciences Authority
Singapore: Agri-food and Veterinary Authority
Sri Lanka: Ministry of Health
Taiwan: Department of Health
Taiwan: National Laboratories of Foods and Drugs
Thailand: Ministry of Public Health (in Thai)
Thailand: Food and Drug Administration
Vietnam: Ministry of Health
Bahrain: Ministry of Health
Israel: Ministry of Health
Israel: Ministry of Health – Pharmaceutical Administration
Jordan: Ministry of Health
Lebanon: Ministry of Public Health
Palestinian Authority: Ministry of Health
Saudi Arabia: Ministry of Health
United Arab Emirates: Ministry of Health (New site, not yet fully functional)
United Arab Emirates: Federal Department of Medicines and Pharmacy Control (New site, not yet functional)
United Arab Emirates: Ministry of Health – Old site, still functional
United Arab Emirates: Federal Department of Medicines and Pharmacy Control – Old site, still functional
South Africa: Department of Health
South Africa: Medicines Control Council (MCC) – Links to all Guidelines for Licensing, Registration, GMP, etc), are listed under “Documents” on this page.OTHER AFRICAN NATIONAL AUTHORITIES:
Botswana: Ministry of Health
Ghana: Ministry of Health
Kenya: Ministry of Health
Maldives: Ministry of Health
Mauritius: Ministry of Health & Quality of Life
Morocco: Ministry of Public Health (in French)
Namibia: Ministry of Health and Social Services
Senegal: Ministry of Health, Hygiene and Prevention (in French)
Swaziland: Ministry of Health and Social Welfare
Tanzania: Ministry of Health
Tunisia: Ministry of Public Health (in French)
Tunisia: Office of Pharmacy and Medicines (in French and Arabic)
Uganda: Ministry of Health


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