Validation Online Stats & History

Validation Online Stats along with a little history of our consultancy, which started in the aviation field where congressional legislators were losing patience with an industry that was killing far too many end users.  Time and time again mechanical failure or operator error was found to be the cause of a disaster. 

It was obvious that the US and all countries with an aviation industry had to come up with a better made product and safer operators.  The operators were coerced into raising training standards and investing heavily in both ground and airborne navigational aids. Safe operational practices and procedure were developed and documented.  Ignorance or abuse of these was then made a criminal offence.  In the manufacturing industry similar problems were tackled head on, and manufactures were forced into producing aircraft build schedules; detailing every operation and every piece part to be used.  Designs were investigated and once approved became rigorously enforced; all deviations had to be approved by a design committee.  All operations had to be minutely documented with all build stages having to use design approved material and follow staged detailed documented instructions.  Inspectors were in place to follow up on complete compliance.  Deliberate or negligent compliance also became a felony.

This was really the evolution and introduction of QA and QC.  All the major aviation companies (world wide) strove to ensure they were not left behind in this race to build safety into their products. Our consultancy was involved in the early stages of this development. We specialized and worked with Boeing in designing quality procedure plans call Company Expositions.  Today these requirements are encompassed in the ISO system.  In 1984 we were asked to introduce similar procedures for a multinational pharmaceutical company, which was to be the first company in the UK, to undergo a validation online stats audit by the FDA. We have remained in this industry ever since and have supplied our services to the majority of the multinationals. Currently our online side has supplied regulatory required documentation to 81 different countries. The site statistics are there to verify this.

Alex Kennedy, Senior Consultant Validation Online Stats.

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Golden Rules of Regulatory Compliance.

Never assume that the regulations don’t apply to your situation because your company is small, or has a small budget, or doesn’t have the expertise available.

Always do something to respond to each of the regulatory requirements. You can always debate the adequacy of what you’ve done, but you can never defend doing nothing.

Always ensure that all (and that means everything) equipment (instruments, valves, pipes, tanks etc.) are labelled with plant numbers and the plant numbers given, are correct to installation drawings,

Always stick to known and accepted practices and procedures, do not experiment or challenge conventional methods (unless you have the backing of your MD and or client). Contentious ideas can and often do lead to regulatory clashes – a thing to be avoided at all costs.

Always ensure before commencing validation Online Stats that Change Control, a Calibration Regime and Planned Preventative Maintenance, systems are in place.

Always document your response to each regulatory requirement. In the eyes of an inspector or auditor, if you didn’t document it, you didn’t do it.

The software validation online stats requirements that apply to software used in manufacturing and process control are regulated by 21 CFR 820.70 and 21 CFR 820.30. All software, from machine-tool embedded software, to materials-planning software, to simple spreadsheets, is subject to these regulations, in all branches of the industry (biotechnical, pharmaceutical and medical device).

Always take the time to understand why the regulators might feel each requirement is important for device / recipe quality and respond to that requirement appropriately. It does little to improve or assure the quality of a device / recipe when you take shortcuts in the quality process just to satisfy regulatory requirements. Site Statistics

Never document that your company has followed a process required by a regulation when you really have not. Inspectors are trained to find evidence of this kind of activity. Furthermore, this deceptive activity does nothing to add value or quality to your device / recipe.

When in doubt about how to comply with regulations, do the right thing. The most defensible position always will be that which does the most to assure the safety and effectiveness of the device / recipe.

GMP Transgressions and Citations.

When the market is lean there should be even more reasons for ensuring your company’s GMP compliance is being diligently applied and rigorously managed. This is not the best time to be presented with citations for breaches in your regulatory compliance obligations; nor is it a good time to be facing any product recall issues. Yet; currently, these problems actually appear almost endemic throughout our industry. These regulatory lapses can debilitate a company and possibly result in a reduction in end user confidence in using or specifying company products.

So now is the time to ensure that those validation online stats protocols and plans are comprehensive, precise and regulatory compliant.

Where can this confidence in your GMP come from? Quite simply it comes from the proper and diligent use of the three top level validation online stats documents; User Requirements Specification (URS), Design Specification (DS) and the Design Qualification (DQ).

The URS, has detailed the actual needs of the end user, in functionality, training, documentation, engineering drawings and support.

The DS, is a detailed design put forward (either from an in-house resource or from a vendor) which will satisfy all the requirements detailed in the URS.

The DQ, must verify that the DS will in fact satisfy the URS.

This is the level that all aspects of design, installation, operation, maintenance, documentation, training, calibration, cleaning and installation, are challenged at. The satisfactory execution of the DQ confirms that this DS satisfies all applicable requirements as detailed in the URS, cGMP and the Health and Safety regulations. It also documents the fact that all supporting requirements have been reviewed and the review has been approved by management.

At this stage the Validation Plan can be completed (it may have started earlier, but cannot be completed until the DQ has become an approved document).

The VP scope can now be detailed and, responsibilities and methodologies can be detailed. Having fully detailed the support documentation (FAT, drawing, specifications, calibration certification) in the URS, the IQ and OQ will flow quite easily.

The documentation dovetails together and actually presents you with a simple (at each stage), logical, traceable and cost effective validation methodology that now must be rigorously applied and managed.

 URS – DQ – VP – VRA – IQ – OQ – PQ


User Requirements Specification Template

The User Requirements Specification template is the document that sets the standard, and specifies your requirements in a manner that ensures when a system or piece of equipment is selected for cGMP use that all essential support elements; i.e. maintenance, parts, operator & maintenance training, are planned and budgeted for.  It uses three levels of URS, URS Level 1, 2 and 3, and is the only URS to guarantee traceability from the URS through to the final OQ and PQ functionality testing. A requirement mandated by cGMP regulations. ules. It can be used on mechanical, electrical and software controlled, monitored or driven systems. 

Corporate Validation Manual $1,160.00

This definitive 1000 + page (including all attachments) Corporate Validation Manual arrives with you in USB memory stick format, this enables you at any time to download protocol or test-scrips documents and quickly edit them into company bespoke documents. In fact there are over $3,500.00 worth of superb documents, that form attachments to the DVM manual, which can be instantly copied. Once copied, the unique document interactive editing, allows you to produce high quality bespoke company documents; Such as the Validation Plan Template or the equally ubiquitous User requirements Specification template Design Qualification (DQ); in a few hours. The cost of the Definitive Validation Manual, will be recouped in the first few weeks of use. It will then go on to show a massive return on your original investment.

Equipment combined IQ/OQ/PQ Protocol.   $159.00

This combination protocol has been produced in response to several hundred reader suggestions we received in our ‘Suggestions Section’. It has been carefully designed to make it the preferred choice for Process and Laboratory stand alone equipment and associated standard operating procedures. The associated Validation Master Plan template is interactive, easy to use and suitable for all mixes of equipment with and without software. This of course may well be a validation Plan template. 
The IQ section establishes documented verification that all validation Online executables are catered for and that key aspects of the equipment adhere to approved design Qualifications and the recommendations of the manufacturer have been suitably considered. The OQ section establishes that there is documented verification that the installed system functions as specified and that there is sufficient documented process validation executables to demonstrate this. The PQ section develops documented evidence that all the requirements specified in your corporate validation 4U manual have been verified as operating  consistently and exactly as specified in the User Requirements Specification template.


Process Qualification (P2Q) (Issue 3.) -- $85.00

The Process Validation or Qualification is the culmination of the validation process as indicated in the Validation Master Plan template or at time Validation Plan Template and specified in the User Requirements Specification Template (URS). The protocol is used in conjunction with the SOP for the process, to run three batches through the process being qualified and verify that the process consistently produces product to within the process specified tolerances. The results of the process must be recorded and reviewed with a view to ensuring that the deviances (within permitted tolerances) that exist are random and not a trend that could lead to out of specification produce being produced.

12000002 VrrP Equipment $298.00

This Validation 4U, Risk & Requirements Plan (VrrP) is one document designed specifically to replace three. The contents of the three original documents were completely revised and edited into a more compact and interactive format.  This new format will make a significant difference to the man hours required to produce and execute these standard operating practice process validation master plan template executables. There will also be a very noticeable reduction in the time required for the reviewing and approving tasks.  This new document titled the VrrP replaces the VP, VRA & User Template Requirements Specification (URS) and now compliments our equally new 4Q Protocol, which integrates the Design Qualification and the IQ/OQ/PQ into one document. 
This is an essential step forward for companies seeking to reduce validation 4U costs whilst remaining compliant with their Corporate Validation Plan template.

12000006_4Q_Equip_iss-4. -- $298.00

4Q Equipment Validation 4U Protocol (4Q-Equip) has been designed specifically to replace four standard protocols.   By taking the contents of the four protocol and carefully weaving them into one notably easy to use protocol, we have made a significant advance in the task of streamlining process validation  Online executables documentation and associated standard  operating procedures, by reducing protocol numbers by close to 75%. All as detailed in the Validation Plan Template. The new bang up to date 4Q protocol replaces the Design Qualification along with the IQ, OQ & PQ and now compliments our equally new VrrP Protocol.  By integrating the old style DQ/IQ/OQ/PQ into one 4Q document there will be enormous savings in man hours in the authoring, reviewing, updating and approving tasks.
For everyone's convenience, the Corporate Validation 4U Manual template is written in written in word.