GMP News - Validation


FDA Requirements on Process Validation - a Warning Letter provides Information

The coming into force of the new FDA guidance on process validation in 2011 led to a shift in paradigm. Validation is a three-stage life cycle now and also includes commercial production in stage three. What does that mean for implementing the FDA proces validation guidance though? 



Missing Audit Trail Review led to Warning Letter

Chinese manufacturer Zhejiang Ludao Technology received an FDA Warning Letter in February, 2018. During the FDA inspection, the missing Audit Trail Review for the HPLC system was particularly criticised.



ECA Data Integrity Task Force issues Version 2.0 of Data Integrity Guide

With the authorities' increasing attention to data governance and data integrity the ECA's Data Integrity Task Force's just released version 2.0 of its Data Integrity Guide provides an ideal tool for implementing data integrity in practice.



Ignoring Inspection Results doesn't pay off

After an FDA inspection with relevant results, the FDA usually expects a response within 15 days. What happens, however, if there is no response to the FDA inspection results?



New MHRA "GxP Data Integrity Guidance and Definitions" published

On 09 March, 2018, the British supervisory agency MHRA published the final version of its guideline on data integrity which has been available as a draft since July 2016. Find out more on a first analysis of the new document "GXP Data Integrity Guidance and Definitions" .



Inspectors' Aide Memoire on Process Validation - a Detailed Analysis

With the Annex 15 revision, the issue of process validation became significantly more complicated. What is an authority's view on the topic of process validation?



How is the Data Governance System to be implemented in your Company?

The PIC/S draft guideline "Good Practices for Data Management and Integrity" requires every company to have a data governance system in place in addition to their existing QM system. But how can such a system be implemented? Find out more about the requirements and specifications of the PIC/S guideline for the pharmaceutical Data Governance System.



Regulatory requirements for Audit Trail Reviews

Audit Trails and their reviews are an important requirement in the current GMP policies. Specific requirements can be found in a number of guidelines, these days. Despite that, many questions about the specific implementation of this complex topic into practice remain. Read more about the EU, PIC/S and FDA requirements concerning Audit Trails and their reviews.



Data Integrity - Implementation status

Data Integrity deviations are still in the focus of regulators. Nevertheless you will find only general requirements regarding Data Integrity in the GMP Guidelines. More detailed guidelines on Data Integrity are on the way but mostly available as drafts. Get an overview on the current situation and the first implementation steps of Data Integrity activities. 



Data Integrity from an Inspector's Point of View

Even though the integrity of data has always been one of the basic principles of GMP, the topic has come more and more into the focus in inspections of the last 3-4 years. Read more about an inspector's viewpoint on data integrity.



FDA criticises Process Validation Deficiencies

In a recent warning letter issued to "Wuxi Medical Instrument Factory", the FDA criticised deficiencies concerning process validation, amongst other things.



Important Questions and Answers concerning the Audit Trail Review - Part 2

The webinar "Audit Trail Review" took place in February 2017 - with the goal to address the main elements of data integrity and audit trail reviews. During this webinar more than 50 questions were asked. As time did not allow to answer all of them, the webinar's speaker, Dr Wolfgang Schumacher, provided comprehensive answers later. Find out what questions regarding Audit Trail Review were asked and how they were answered.



FDA criticises missing Step 3 in the Process Validation Cycle

Since publishing the FDA Process Validation Guidance in 2011, the FDA regards process validation as a three-step lifecycle. In a recent Warning Letter, the FDA criticises the absence of step 3 (Continued Process Verification).



Important Questions and Answers concerning the Audit Trail Review

The webinar "Audit Trail Review" took place in February 2017. Its aim was to address the main elements of data integrity and audit trail reviews. Participants have sent more than 50 questions regarding the webinar which the speaker, Dr Wolfgang Schumacher, has partly answered in writing. Learn more about the Webinar Audit Trail Review and about the corresponding questions asked.



ECA Validation Group - Update on Activities

The ECA Validation Group was established with the goal to gather knowledge on validation, for example by continuously developing a Process Validation Good Practice Guide. Find out more about what is new in the ECA Validation Group.


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