Good Laboratory Practices (GLP) is a set of guidelines that ensure the quality, reliability, and integrity of non-clinical laboratory studies in accordance with regulatory submission guidelines. GLP covers all aspects of laboratory testing, from the study design to the final report, to ensure that the data generated is of high quality and scientifically sound.
The main purpose of GLP is to ensure that laboratory studies are conducted in a consistent, reliable, and traceable manner. This includes things like maintaining accurate records, ensuring that instruments and equipment are properly calibrated and maintained, and providing appropriate training to laboratory personnel.
GLP applies to all non-clinical laboratory studies that are submitted to regulatory agencies, such as the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the European Medicines Agency (EMA).
By following GLP, laboratories can ensure that the data generated from their studies are reliable and can be used to support regulatory submissions. This helps to ensure the safety and effectiveness of products that are marketed to the public, such as drugs, medical devices, and pesticides.