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Good Research Practices
The term "Good Research Practices" is used to describe a mixture of legal requirements and voluntary measures taken by those involved in research and development studies with chemical products (particularly, but not only, pharmaceutical products and agrochemical products) to ensure that the studies are planned, performed and documented in a reliable and transparent way. This is done so that decisions taken based on the reports of these studies are soundly based and of high scientific quality. The term thus covers "Good Laboratory Practices, GLP" (which relate to the planning, conduct and reporting of so-called "safety studies" [mainly toxicity studies] with pharmaceuticals, agro-chemicals and various industrial chemicals) and "Good Clinical Practices, GCP" (which relate to clinical studies with new pharmaceutical products).

Our main emphasis is on promoting the exchange of information and opinion between all persons involved with Good Research Practices in Industry, Academia and the Regulatory Agencies. These aims are met by the production of a (German-language) Quarterly Newsletter (the DGGF-News), by meetings of specific Working Parties, through our web-site ( and through our annual scientific meeting (usually held in September each year).

We also aim to represent the interest of our members by co-operating with relevant national and international organisations.

By our own periodicals, seminar presentations, and annual meetings, we try to achieve a high degree of information and advanced training for the members. Our working groups promote an exchange of views, engage in the evaluation of current topics in the relevant spheres of activity, and represent the DGGF point of view in publications. Contacts with other QA societies and organizations cooperation for conferences and in the evaluation of guidelines in the different GxP areas.

  • Promotion of the exchange of scientific information and opinion,
  • Promotion of specific education and training,
  • and due to this the close contact with other national and international organizations with the aim of appropriate participation in national and international committees,
  • stay in contact with law-makers or his authorities in the sense of the society,
  • Promotion of contacts with national or international professional associations of the same area of interest.

The German Society for Good Research Practice (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Gute Forschungspraxis, DGGF) was founded as a legal entity in 1995 by 14 members (under the overall control of Stephen Harston) of an informal discussion group which had already been in existence for several years.
Today we have more than 880 members - mainly from Germany, but also from Switzerland, Austria, the Netherlands, Spain and the USA.

They work in Research and Development Departments in industry, contract research organisations, central clinical laboratories, hospitals and government agencies.

Our members are quality assurance professionals, study directors, study physicians, test facility managers, archivists and monitors - all with the same interest in good quality in their areas of expertise.

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