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Use our cGMP compliant Installation Qualification template; follow the completion SOP to the end & you will find you have produced a very impressive Protocol.

Installation Qualification Template (IQ).

IQ is an acronym for “Installation Qualification Template”: which is defined by the FDA as, establishing by objective evidence that all key aspects of the process equipment and ancillary system installation adhere to the manufacturer’s approved specification and that the recommendations of the equipment supplier have been  suitably considered.

Introduction to the IQ.

Execution of The Installation Qualification execution; verifies that the equipment has been installed in accordance with cGMP rules regulations.

The Installation Qualification Template (IQ) execution; verifies that the equipment, and its ancillary systems or sub-systems have been installed in accordance with installation 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 installation Validation template can be completed and the qualification process is allowed to progress to the execution of the (OQ).

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 V P). The Installation Validation 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 Installation Qualification template (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 Installation Validation as basic as possible. Where possible, the Installation Qualification can be kept to the pre-powering up stage. Keeping the Installation Validation 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 built in flexibility to allow some the tests and inspections to be included either in the Installation Qualification Template and Operational Qualification template, allowing maximum flexibility to the planning of IQ / OQ execution. 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.


Installation Qualification Template Scope (IQ)

Review the leaders to the installation qualification testing and you will immediately recognize that almost all the testing is already insitu.

The scope and intensity of the Installation Qualification Template 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 validated product process ~~..
  • Insert a brief description of the operational function ~~. .
  • Verify supply voltages conform with ~~.
  • Verify that electrical installation qualification template 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 and model number of all ~~.
  • Review all calibration certificates for ~~.
  • Verify where used, there is signals continuity~~.
  • Verify in installation qualification template- signal continuity ~~.
  • Verify that the ambient conditions are ~~.
  • Verify that the documentation provided by the ~~ maintenance of the system ~~.

Documentation Relationships In Validation.

This graphic displays the relationships between validation documents.


Installation Qualification
Template $115.00

<div align="justify">The SOP used to generate this IQ, takes you through the process line by line, chapter by chapter.  It really is unique to find a SOP document so easy to use, all the work is done for you.  All the documents are detailed, all the drawings listed and all the checks and tests detailed.  The final product is a professional and comprehensive Installation Qualification Protocol.   One that you can produce in less than 60 minutes.  Yes, think about it, we all know how long producing IQ documents has taken in the past.  There is now no reason for not being able to produce 4 to 8, IQ protocols per 8 hour day.</div>

Validation Master Plan (Issue 7) -- $115.00

The VMP must give an auditor an overall vision of how you: as a manufacturer, have  integrated cGMP into all of your regulatory controlled activities.  An organogram should indicate management structure and engineering drawings should indicate your  facility and utility systems along with product flow and personnel ingress and egress routing. This is a high level document and only practices and procedure should be  discussed but not detailed     This document interfaces with our Validation Risk Assessment (VRA), Validation Project Plan (VP), User Requirements Specification (URS), giving a seamless flow from your VMP through from the installation qualification Template thro' the VP - IQ - OQ - PQ, while integrating flawlessly with the URS - DQ - VRA.


Validation Plan (Issue 8)  $89.00

This VP details and integrates all Installation Qualification template activities and procedures required for small to medium sized projects.  It must document activities and specify staff  responsibilities. It must set boundaries and define limitations.  It must define test methodologies and project times lines. It may be specific to one item or might cover several (similar or identical)  items.   It sets company and policy on all matters pertaining to the validation task.

User Requirements Specification (Issue 7.) $115.00

Each end user requirement must be listed in such a  concise manner that with the execution of a purpose designed test script a qualified observer could ascertain as to whether the documented acceptance criteria; for that requirement, has, or has not, been satisfied.   This document was designed to be used as a live document up until the DQ is completed and approved. 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 Installation Qualification template and on to the PQ and OQ functionality testing. This is a mandatory requirement for Full Life Cycle Validation (FLCV) of computer systems that are the subject of predicate rules. It can be used on mechanical, electrical and software controlled, monitored or managed systems.