INSTALLATION VALIDATION



Installation Qualification Rationale.

The Installation Validation execution; verifies that the equipment, and its ancillary systems or sub-systems have been installed in accordance with installation validation drawings and or specifications. It further details a list of all the cGMP requirements that are applicable to this particular installation qualification. These requirements must all be satisfied before the IQ can be completed and the qualification process is allowed to progress to the execution of the Operational Qualification (OQ).

In the past equipment suppliers have often been delinquent in supplying the right scope and quality of support documentation for their products. As a consequence end user companies have not always had sufficient information (especially in the form of engineering drawings and specifications) about the equipment they have purchased, to develop and put into place the quality of documentation that regulatory requirements demand. For correct and trouble free qualification it is really essential that the scope and quality of the proposed equipment documentation; is specified at the equipment procurement stage.


Installation Validation Introduction

Our Installation Qualification (IQ) protocol comes with an interactive SOP as an attached prefixed document. As you follow the installation validation protocol requirements as specified in the SOP, you complete the actual IQ protocol. This makes it a really easy and straight forward document to use. The IQ is normally a stand alone document, however, with careful pre-planning, certain aspects of the IQ activities can be integrated with the Factory Acceptance Testing (FAT), and the equipment Commission Testing.

Conformance with continued Good Manufacturing Procedures. (cGMP's) requires, that what ever approach is used, it is fully documented in the individual Validation (Master) Plan (VMP or VP). The IQ should not start with the Factory Acceptance Testing (FAT) or Commissioning tasks, but it should start before these tasks are completed; enabling the validation team to witness and document the final FAT and commissioning testing. The integration of these activities greatly reduces the costly and time consuming replication of unnecessary retesting.

There is a grey area of testing / inspection in the transition from the IQ to the Operational Qualification (OQ) that is open to rationalization, i.e. it has to be done, but it can satisfactorily be included in either the IQ or OQ. On most projects the simpler the IQ is kept, the quicker it is completed, reviewed and out of the way, allowing progress to the OQ. It can therefore pay dividends to keep the IQ as basic as possible. Where possible, the IQ can be kept to the pre-powering up stage. Keeping the IQ at this level allows healthy project progress. There should be no powering up or utility problems to hinder IQ sign off, and rapid progress through the OQ to the Performance Qualification (P1Q) and where applicable the Process Qualification (P2Q), becomes feasible. It can be reasoned that as soon as you power up, you enter the equipment operation stage, where verification of the User Requirements Specification (URS) and 21 CFR Part 11 verification testing are undertaken.

For this reason we have modulized the IQ and OQ, building in the tests and inspections that are not in this grey area, and building the one's that are, as modules that can be added to either the IQ or the OQ. This has not been done just because it might work, this has been advocated by us for some time. We have experience major delays to projects, caused purely by waiting for the client to complete document reviews and approvals. See Comment 9 in cGMP-FDA-483.


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Installation Qualification Scope (IQ).

The scope of the IQ testing/inspections will cover the under listed subjects, but is not restricted to them alone.

  • Verification that all components parts ~.
  • Verify installation is as specified ~.
  • Insert a brief description of what part of the product process ~~..
  • Insert a brief description of the operational function ~~. .
  • Verify supply voltages conform with ~~.
  • Verify that electrical installation validation complies with ~~.
  • Verify that all alarms and visual displays are ~~.
  • Verify that where used, the correct versions of ~~.
  • Confirm that the issue level of software ~~.
  • Identify and verify that serial numbers of all ~~.
  • Review all calibration certificates for ~~.
  • Verify where used, there is signals continuity~~.
  • Verify signal continuity between ~~.
  • Verify that the ambient conditions are ~~.
  • Verify that the documentation provided by the ~~ .

Relationships Within Validation Documentation

This graphic displays the inter-relationships between validation protocols.

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SOP for Spreadsheet Creation.

Why does something as simple as a spreadsheet figure in so many regulatory citations? Good question; and at times a difficult one to answer. When you ask a group of compliance personnel the same question you will be informed that Excel cannot be validated because it does not seal the original copy (of the spreadsheet), allows the original to be modified and has an audit trail that can be disabled. All true, but none of these problems interfere with your ability to validate that the spreadsheet is fit for purpose. They only preclude you from using the spread sheet as a compliant repository for any data that has to be store in compliance with 21 CFR Part 11.
If the spreadsheet is signed off and dated by the user, their supervisor and QA, it becomes regulatory acceptable data stored in hardcopy, and Part 11 does not apply.
After numerous requests for this, we have launched our brand new SOP for Spreadsheet Creation to cover these and other known target points that the regulators consistently hone into as soon as they find that spreadsheets are being used. Use this Spreadsheet Creation SOP to ensure that you create spreadsheets that are validatable. Then use our spreadsheet validation pack to validate them.

SOP for Spreadsheet Creation. -- $125.00

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SOP Equipment Validation.

The SOP for Computer Equipment Validation continues to be an extremely popular document. This document leads you through the validation process, from the URS to the final P2Q.


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Validation Risk Assessment (Issue11.) -- $125.00

The Risk and Part 11 Validation Risk Assessment (VRA) protocol is becoming the most important document in the validation train. The VRA reassures the regulators that you have looked at specific equipment functionality and considered the appropriate level of validation that is required. You have also considered various aspects of its use and the implications of any malfunctions. From the results of this exercise the scope of all validation activity can and must be justified. This is a robust and simple to execute document, one that will lead you through the process and deliver a result that can be used as the foundation for your validation activities.
This VRA now includes the assessment table for categorizing and documenting the new 21 CFR Part 11 guidance ruling on what predicate data must be stored in a Part compliant system, along with the new broadsheet to establish your new database of part 11 records. (now mandatory).

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