In validation, there cannot be a qualified “state” unless a qualified “state” has been defined. In cGMP the URS defines this qualified “state” and the execution of the DQ, IQ, OQ and PQ has to be sufficiently rigorous to verify that all the requirements detailed in the URS have been complied with.
Qualification must be executed against a system or entity once it is installed, commissioned and producing product that is of the expected specification. Since all the regulatory requirements are documented, the first action must be to execute a GAP audit to establish your state of compliance. Once your GAP audit indicates you have achieved full compliance - application should be made to your regulatory authority.
The Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) Requirements are promulgated as regulations enforceable in law. To ensure compliance there are a powerful range of penalties that can be applied to companies and or individuals who; either negligently or willfully fail to comply with all the regulations that are applicable to their activities.
Validation is executed against a system or entity that is installed, commissioned and producing product that is of the expected specification. There must be no adjusting or tweaking to be done; that should have all been completed during commissioning activities. This is the basic methodology used to introduce pupils to the complexities of subjects like regulatory qualification.
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The FDA and regulatory authorities in general, are charged with increasing the level of compliance throughout the industry. This call for increased regulatory compliance is being driven by evidence that the industry is failing to match the standards set by other regulated industries.
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Performance Validation is performed when the equipment is validated against its design specification, as distinct from validating its use in a single process.
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Process qualification requires the establishment of scientific evidence that the process is capable of consistently delivering product that satisfies all the applicable requirements documented in the User Requirements Specification (URS).
Further to this the process verification should not be viewed as a one-time event, but should be viewed as an ongoing lifecycle requirement. Sampling methodology should become a key factor in carrying out ongoing process qualification.
Current good manufacturing processes (cGMP) regulations specify that samples must: represent the batch under analysis and meet specifications and statistical quality control criteria as conditions of approval and release. Furthermore, the batch must meet its predetermined specifications.
The importance of pharmaceutical process qualification is emphasized by the way the regulators relate all other activities relative to it. Calibration, maintenance, documented procedures, operator training, utility and ancillary service requirements are all defined by the “process”.
Since testing for conformity will usually destroy or damage the product, we are often totally reliant on replicating the process so precisely that the product is produced to the exact efficacy specified.
Process verification ensures that all aspects of the process execution have been subjected to rigorous verification procedures verifying that the product is consistently manufactured to specification.
A company approved Project Quality Plan (VP) must detail the actions, deliverables, responsibilities and scope of qualification activities required for each of the identified VRA ratings. This definition and scope must be built into each Installation Qualification and Operational qualification protocol.
There are two stages of Change Control to be considered, there is the equipment vendor / suppliers control used during manufacture Factory Acceptance Testing (FAT), Site Acceptance Testing (SAT) and commissioning. Then there is the post qualification control, which ensures that all work carried out on the validated system(s) is reviewed, and the impact of the work carried out on the system’s validated status is assessed.
Written procedures should be in place to describe the actions to be taken when a change is proposed to a starting material, product component, process equipment, process environment (or site), method of production or testing or any other change that may affect product quality or reproducible of the process. Change control procedures should ensure that sufficient supporting data are generated to demonstrate that the revised process will result in a product of the desired quality, consistent with the approved specifications.
The vendor must ensure that all changes carried out to the system during manufacture and execution of the SAT, FAT and commissioning testing, have been incorporated into the verification documentation. All drawings must be accurate, signed off, and approved. All traceability between URS documents and design specification must been maintained.
The company must ensure that all changes carried out to the system subsequent to the vendors actions have received approval prior to implementation, and have been fully incorporated into the system qualification documentation. That no actions can take place that may compromise the validated state of the system.
This Qualification, 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. Resulting in the document becoming notably easier to use and quicker to review and amend. This new format will make a very significant difference to the man hours required to produce and execute these documents. 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 & URS and now compliments our equally new 4Q Protocol, which integrates the DQ/IQ/OQ/PQ into one document. This is an essential step forward for companies seeking to reduce validation costs without sacrificing regulatory compliance.
This new 4Q Equipment Validation Protocol (4Q-Equip) has been designed specifically to replace four standard protocols. By taking the contents of the these four protocols and carefully weaving them into one notably easy to use protocol, we have made significant progress in reducing validation paperwork. Reductions of up to 75% have been quoted as the likely total. Integrating the old style DQ/IQ/OQ/PQ protocols into one 4Q document will be an enormous savings in man hours in the authoring, reviewing, updating and approving tasks. With the simultaneous introduction of the new Validation risk & Requirements Plan (VrrP) which integrates the VP, VRA & URS into one document - equipment validation has been reduced to two document.
This quite revolutionary two document package is all that is required to fully validate; to cGMP standards, equipment used in a regulated facility. A lot of effort has gone into ensuring that repetitive instructions and actions have been designed out and innovative and intuitive risk-based methodologies have been incorporated. Both documents are prefaced with a methods Standard Operating Practice (SOP) document. These SOP’s lead you through the task of converting these highly detailed templates into your very own company bespoke protocols. The hyperlinks and cross-references within the package are; not only unique, but also highly cost effective and intuitive to use. Each document is preloaded with the test scripts (complete with acceptance criteria). All test and inspection scripts are written in MS word, to facilitate simple editing of text, layout, tables and schematics.
This document was specifically designed to be compliant with the all of the FDA, EC and WHO legislation and guidance documentation and over 1700 have been used in submissions to regulatory authorities. This combined IQ/OQ/PQ protocol along with the appropriate interrelated plans and assessment documents will not only validate the item under qualification but it will also produce the thorough audit trail needed to meet all internal or external regulatory reviews and or inspections.