Site Master File


A Site Master File (SMF) is a document prepared by a pharmaceutical company to provide detailed information about a specific manufacturing or control site involved in the production of pharmaceutical products. It is an important regulatory document that is typically submitted to health authorities as part of the drug approval process and is used to demonstrate compliance with Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP). The content and format of a Site Master File can vary from one regulatory agency to another, but it generally includes the following information:

General Information:
    • Name and address of the site.
    • Contact information for the site manager or responsible person.
Site Organization and Personnel:
    • Organizational structure of the site, including departments and personnel responsibilities.
    • Qualifications and training records of personnel.
Site Facilities:
    • Description of the physical facilities, including buildings, production areas, and warehouses.
    • Information about utilities (e.g., water, air, and HVAC systems).
    • Any recent changes or expansions to the facilities.
    • A list of major equipment used for manufacturing, testing, and quality control.
    • Information about equipment maintenance and calibration procedures.
Materials and Components:
    • Procedures for the receipt, storage, and handling of raw materials, intermediates, and packaging materials.
    • Specifications for materials used in production.
Documentation and Records:
    • Description of the document control system.
    • Archiving and retention policies for records.
    • Details of the manufacturing process, including process flow diagrams.
    • Batch records and production records.
    • Cleaning procedures and validation.
Quality Control:
    • Analytical methods and testing procedures.
    • Specifications and acceptance criteria for finished products.
    • Stability testing protocols and results.
Validation and Qualification:
    • Information on process validation, equipment qualification, and cleaning validation.
Deviations and Out-of-Specification (OOS) Results:
  • Procedures for handling and documenting deviations and OOS results.
Change Control:
  • Policies and procedures for managing and documenting changes to processes, equipment, and facilities.
Complaints and Recalls:
  • Procedures for handling customer complaints and product recalls.
  • How the site conducts self-inspections and audits for compliance with GMP.
Regulatory Status:
  • Information about previous regulatory inspections and approvals.
  • A summary of the overall compliance of the site with GMP regulations.

It’s important to note that the specific requirements for a Site Master File can vary by country and regulatory agency. Pharmaceutical companies should consult the relevant regulatory guidelines and requirements for the region in which they operate. Additionally, the Site Master File should be kept up to date and submitted to regulatory authorities as required.

With our years of expertise in creating quality systems and developing site master files for various clients, GxP Cellators is equipped to assist you in crafting your site readiness program documents. If you're interested in our services, please feel free to write us at We'll be happy to get in touch with you!


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I am a seasoned GxP expert and the founder and CEO of GxP Cellators, a consulting firm that provides GxP advisory and auditing services to clients across the globe. My mission is to help clients achieve excellence in quality, compliance, and remediation, and to foster a robust quality culture in their organizations.

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