FDA will hold three public meetings to receive input on GMP modernization this summer. One will be held in College Park, MD, another in Chicago, and the third at a yet-to-be-determined location. FDA will publish a white paper with its findings in September 2004, followed by the regular rule-making process.
FDA is modernizing the good manufacturing practices (GMPs) used for foods, which were last revised in 1986. In 2002, the agency established an internal Food GMP Modernization Working Group that has been researching the impact of food GMPs on food safety, the impact of revised regulations on food safety, and the likely economic consequences of such revisions.