No Margin for Error



“No Margin for Error” was produced for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1967 to highlight what can happen when Good Manufacturing Practices are not followed. The program deals with the manufacture of a fictitious hydrocortisone drug, Steroid 47.

The program is divided into two parts.

In part one, we see poor manufacturing practices being followed. The segment concludes by reminding us that, in the long run, it is costly not to follow good manufacturing practices.

In part two, the manufacturing process is repeated, this time following good manufacturing practices. We see the results of proper planning, supervisors determined to “do the job the right way”, and following procedures to ensure error-free production. This segment emphasizes how quality control and the attitudes of all manufacturing personnel are critical to the production process. 

DVD Running time: 34 minutes

Program Materials:

  • Leader’s Guide
  • Participant Worksheet and Answer Key
  • Assessment and Answer Key

Additional information

License Type

Single Use (Play on 1 Computer or use DVD Player and Monitor) ($595), Network/Plant Wide (WMV Files for Use on Shared Drive) (+$595.00)


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