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Validation Staff Evaluation Rationale.

Validation staff evaluations are carried out routinely to enable managers to recognise which staff are worthy of incremental salary increases and or promotions and which ones are not. These evaluations are normally divided into several sections or rather several attributes that the company values in an employee. For instance the military use a compact simple system comprising of three sections, namely; technical ability, organisation ability and personal deportment. The latter two attributes can usually be judged by any competent manager. The technical ability attribute often cannot be so accurately assessed since it is routinely the case that the manager’s skill set is radically different from the person (s)he is appraising.

This problem is also very apparent when recruiters are trying to establish an interview list from a bunch of CV’s. Just how factual is curriculum vitae content? Pressures drive people to overstate facts and at times to add embellishments. If you have thirty applications are you going to interview all thirty? How are you going to probe the depth and scope of their validation skills? How are you going to establish a shortlist that does not overlook a potential star? Often this list is produced using intuition and a little guess work.

So, what is the answer to this conundrum? Well our take on this is to produce multiple choice test papers that contains 100 or alternatively 50 questions designed to probe the candidate’s knowledge of cGMP validation. These test papers are derived from a question bank of over three thousand multi-choice questions stored in six sections (aspects of validation). The software design ensures that a predetermined number of questions are selected randomly from each of these sections.

These question papers are available from our shop. On completing the purchase forms the question papers will be sent out to the proposed candidate’s email address, at a date and time you have specified. The test has a time limit for each question and a total time limit of one hour for the 100 question paper and 35 minutes for the 50 question paper. The results are sent direct to the purchaser within minutes of the candidate’s examination being completed.

The Rationale for Using Multi-choice tests.

The use of an independently constructed multi-choice question paper is a spectacularly simple method of reducing your list of applicant’s, from a large unwieldy number of aspiring hopefuls, to a short manageable list of persons whose test results show to be technically fit for purpose. The interviewer can then concentrate on appraising the interviewee’s attitudes and attributes. This is a task that is usually well within the capabilities of most managers or supervisors.

These same line managers and supervisors are tasked with a similar problem of assessing their staff; usually annually. Since they work with them appraisal of attributes and attitudes should be relatively straight forward. However in validation just how competent are they? Are they leaching off others? Are they taking personal credit for other person’s initiatives?

So many of these problems lie dormant; never asked and never answered. They eventually cause ill feeling and develop friction between staff members. The use of a standard test for all staff is a uniform, justifiable and fair way of assessing individual validation abilities.

The mechanics of these tests.

The test papers are derived automatically from a data bank over a thousand questions (this is continually expanding). The software allows the arrangement of the answer choices to be randomly arranged along with randomly selecting a pre-set number of questions from each of seven sections. Having made the selection this same selection can be issued to multiple candidates. This ensures that the test is uniform and fair to all participants.


Question data banks quickly become eroded if questions are allowed to be plagiarised from it. For this reason we do not leave our question papers with anyone. The candidate will receive a multi-choice paper to an email address of their choice. They will have the allotted time to complete the paper then the paper will close down and the results will be emailed to the purchaser of the test paper. The candidate will require all this ‘paper open’ time to answer the questions. This will go a long way to preventing plagiarism and data bank erosion.


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. It is interactive, easy to use and suitable for all mixes of equipment with and without software.
The IQ section establishes documented verification that key aspects of the equipment adhere to approved design intentions and that 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 documentary evidence to demonstrate this. The PQ section develops documented evidence that all the requirements specified in your corporate validation manual have been verified as operating  is consistently and exactly as specified in the URS.


12000002_VrrP_Equipment_iss-4. -- $298.00

This Validation, 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 documents and associated standard operating procedures.  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 whilst remaining compliant with their Corporate Validation Manual.

12000006_4Q_Equip_iss-4. -- $298.00

4Q Equipment Validation 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 validation documentation and associated standard operating procedures, by reducing protocol numbers by close to 75%.  The new bang up to date 4Q protocol replaces the DQ, 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 Manual template is written in written in word.

Design Qualification (Issue 5) -- $115.00

The Standard Operating Procedure attached to this generic design qualification protocol, will chapter by chapter, take you through the task of raising a fully detailed document. The main body is split into fourteen tables, each one probing the design requirements and standards for the individual requirement. Safety and security along with user operability are very detailed. The document will lead you through all these design aspects allowing you to delete some you feel are not important to your equipment. It is an easy document to use and will ensure that you’re DQ’s and standard operating procedures, are relevant, up to date and easy to execute. Practically all the requirements are in table form. Allowing fast and clearly presented results to be obtained along with compliance with your Corporate Validation Manual requirements.


Performance Qualification (P1Q) (Issue 5.) -- $89.00

The Performance Qualification is the last of the qualifying tests that equipment and processes are subjected to, prior to the actual first product run. It maybe that there are some steps in the process that can only be verified by actually running them (quick freezing and sublimation, to mention only two) or it sometimes is the fact that the product is a very expensive product, and can not be wasted. So no one wants to run the process with product, until they are completely certain there will be minimal waste and all relevant standard operating procedures are approved.