The Pharmaceutical Inspection Co-operation Scheme (PIC/S)

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Abbreviation of PIC/S is The Pharmaceutical Inspection Co-operation Scheme (PIC/S) and it was established in 1995 as an extension to the Pharmaceutical Inspection Convention (PIC) of 1970.

The Pharmaceutical Inspection Co-operation Scheme (PIC/S) is a non-binding, informal co-operative arrangement between Regulatory Authorities in the field of Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) of medicinal products for human or veterinary use.

It is open to any Authority having a comparable GMP inspection system. PIC/S presently comprises 52 Participating Authorities coming from all over the world (Europe, Africa, America, Asia and Australasia). India is not a Participating country of PIC/S.

PIC/S aims at harmonising inspection procedures worldwide by developing common standards in the field of GMP and by providing training opportunities to inspectors. It also aims at facilitating co-operation and networking between competent authorities, regional and international organisations, thus increasing mutual confidence. This is reflected in PIC/S’ mission which is to lead the international development, implementation and maintenance of harmonised GMP standards and quality systems of inspectorates in the field of medicinal products.

This is to be achieved by developing and promoting harmonised GMP standards and guidance documents; training competent authorities, in particular inspectors; assessing (and reassessing) inspectorates and facilitating the co-operation and networking for competent authorities and international organisations.

PIC/S provide various guideline documents available on their site.

Information taken from PIC/S Website

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