Supply Chain Management main glossary

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Quality assurance

Quality assurance is a wide-ranging concept covering all activities that individually or collectively influence the quality of a pharmaceutical product. The aim is to ensure that medicines reaching the patient are safe, effective and of a defined quality.

Quality control

Quality control refers to the sum of all procedures undertaken to ensure the identity and purity of a particular pharmaceutical product. Such procedures may range from the performance of simple experiments to determine the identity, to the more complicated requirements of pharmacopoeial monographs.