Pharma engineering abbreviations cheat sheet

Like all other specialised industries, pharmaceutical engineering lingo is full of abbreviations. This can make it difficult to understand for people who haven't spent most of their lives in the industry. We have gathered the ones our experts use the most in the table below.

 ADC

 Antibody Drug Conjugates

 ADE

 Acceptable Daily Exposure

 API

 Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient

 ATEX

 Atmosphere Explosible (or Explosive)

 BAS

 Building Automation System

 BMD

 Building Module Diagramme

 BMS

 Building Management System

 BU

 Black Utility

 CA

 Compressed Air

 CAD

 Computer Aided Design

 CBER

 Centre for Biologics Evaluation and Research (FDA)

 CBP

 Continuous Bioprocessing

 CDER

 Centre for Drug Evaluation and Research (FDA)

 cGMP

 Current Good Manufacturing Practice

 CIP

 Cleaning-in-place

 CNC

 Controlled Not Classified

 CP

 Continuous Processing

 CPP

 Critical Process Parameter

 CPV

 Continued Process Verification  

 CQA

 Critical Quality Attributes

 CU

 Clean Utility

 DP

 Drug Product

 ECA

 European Compliance Academy

 EMA

 European Medicine Agency

 EMEA

 European Agency for the Evaluation of Medical Products

 EMI

 Electromagnetic Interference

 EMS

 Equipment Module Specification

 ERP

 Enterprise Resource Planning

 FAT

 Factory Acceptance Test

 FDA

 Food and Drug Administration

 GAMP

 Good Automated Manufacturing Practice

 GCP

 Good Clinical Practice

 GDP

 Good Documentation Practice / Good Distribution Practice

 GMO

 Genetically Modified Organism

 GMP

 Good Manufacturing Practice

 GTP

 Good Test Practice

 HPW

 Highly Purified Water

 HSE

 Health, Safety and Environment

 HVAC

 Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning

 ICH

 International Conference of Harmonisation

 ISO

 International Organisation for Standardisation

 ISP

 Injection Sterile Plant

 ISPE

 International Society of Pharmaceutical Engineers

 MAB

 Monoclonal Antibody

 MES

 Manufacturing Execution System

 MIS

 Manufacturing Intelligence Solution

 OSD

 Oral Solid Dosage (tablets/capsules)

 OSHA  

 Occupational Safety and Health Administration

 PAT

 Process Analytical Technology

 PCS

 Process Control System

 PDA

 Parenteral Drug Association (USA)

 PMD

 Process Module Diagramme

 PS

 Purified Steam

 PSD

 Process Design Specification

 PW

 Purified Water

 QA

 Quality Assurance 

 QbD

 Quality by design

 QC

 Quality Control

 RABS

 Restricted Access Barrier System

 SAT

 Site Acceptance Test

 SHE

 Safety, Health, Environment

 SIP

 Sterilisation-in-place

 SOP

 Standard Operating Procedure

 SPC

 Statistical Process Control

 SUS

 Single-Use Systems

 SUT

 Single-Use Technology

 URS

 User Requirement Specification

 WFI

 Water For Injection