What does the phrase “quality partnership” really mean, and how integrated does the relationship need to become? Metaphorically, are the two parties interested in casually dating, going steady or are they on the road to marriage? Fortunately for the brand owner/own label distributor, their desires and actions are still the primary drivers for the direction of the relationship with a contract manufacturing organization (CMO). However, the brand owner/own label distributor that wishes to enjoy the “single life” without engaging and investing into a deeper relationship with its chosen CMO partner is ignoring the significant additional responsibilities imposed by FDA and cGMPs (current good manufacturing practices).

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