Computer Validation: Introduction to Risk Management AND The GAMP®5 Approach Save up to EUR 490,- by booking both courses!

22-25 November 2016, Berlin, Germany

Course No. 15053


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Frank Behnisch, CSL Behring GmbH, Germany

Dr David Selby, Selby Hope International, UK

Dr Robert Stephenson, Rob Stephenson Consultancy, UK


Introduction to Risk Management

Introduction – What do you want from this day?

  • Capturing delegates expectations
  • Sharing and reducing to key points in groups
  • Sharing with all delegates and tutors
An Introduction to Risk Management (including ICH Q9)
  • Definition of “Quality Risk Management”
  • Principles of Quality Risk Management
  • Application of the principles in validation
  • Methods of assessing and controlling risk
  • Regulatory expectations for risk management
Risk Management the GAMP® 5 Way
  • The GAMP methodology for risk management
  • Where to apply risk management in validation
  • Methods of assessing risk
An Introduction to Risk Ranking
  • What is risk ranking
  • How is it carried out
  • How is it documented?
  • A few useful applications
Assessing and Selecting a Supplier
  • What are the criteria to use to select a supplier?
  • Why does supplier selection matter?
  • How should the selection process be conducted?
Workshop 1: Risk Assessment in Validation
Risk management applied to a computer system
Evaluating identified risks
Classification of risks into H, M, L
Controls to mitigate unacceptable risks
Links to the validation plan and protocols
In this workshop, delegates will use the GAMP methodology. The participants will work on a case study in which the risks associated with a computer system are assessed and managed to reduce the testing workload in validation.

Workshop 2: Risk Management in Validation
Risk management applied to a control system
What are the conclusions from the risk assessment?
What options do you have to mitigate (reduce) the higher risks?
How will the output affect the protocol?
Based on a real case study, delegates will use the same risk assessment techniques to determine where to focus the qualification of a packaging line.

Workshop 3: Applying Risk Ranking to determine periodic review priorities
How is severity determined?
How can scales be created?
Ranking the risks
Developing a risk-based action plan.
Delegates will apply the techniques of risk ranking to determine which systems present the highest risk to the patient and should therefore be reviewed first.

Workshop 4: Assessing and Selecting a supplier
What factors influence supplier assessment?
What risks are associated with supplier selection?
Delegates will assess supplier selection information to choose between two possible suppliers for an application.

The GAMP 5 Approach
  • Introduction –What the Participants Expect
  • An open session capturing the expectations of the delegates
Laws, Regulations and Guidelines for Computer Validation
  • The historical perspective
  • Current regulations and regulatory guidelines from US
  • New regulatory guidance (GAMP® 5, GAMP® Good Practice Guides, ASTM)
  • New industry guidance
  • Regulatory training
  • Harmonisation
Electronic Records and Signatures
  • What Part 11 means – Now!
  • Identify e-records in predicate rules
  • Identify risks to records
  • Identify appropriate controls for records
The EU Annex 11 “Computerised Systems” What is new?
  • What are the important points?
  • How can you implement it?
The GAMP® 5 Approach to Computer Validation
  • Validation needs structure
  • The GAMP® approach
  • What is new in GAMP® 5
  • General validation activities
  • The GAMP® Categorisation System
  • Life Cycle cost reduction
Risk Management – A Key Point Review
  • How to use the FMEA tool to reach better risk-based
  • decisions?
  • Risk registers
  • Documenting risk
  • How to make use of risk information
Programme 2nd Day

Validation Planning
  • Why is a validation plan important?
  • Definitions and regulatory expectations
  • Building risk management into planning phase
  • Structure and contents of validation plans
  • Discussion of best approach
  • The impact of scaleability
Specifications, Design Review and Traceability
  • What sorts of specifications are needed?
  • How are they constructed?
  • Can they be combined?
  • How to carry out a design review?
  • How to construct a traceability matrix?
Protocols, Test Scripts and Deviation Management
  • Principles of Risk-Based Qualification
  • Leveraging the Supplier
  • Commissioning vs Qualification
  • Test Script Design
  • Deviation Management
Change Control
  • Regulatory requirements
  • Configuration management
  • Responsibilities
  • Planned/unplanned changes
  • Classification
  • Sources of changes
Programme 3rd Day

Automation Aspects
  • System Overview
  • GAMP® and risk analysis
  • Specifications
  • Qualification / Validation
Validation Reporting & Presentation to Inspectors
  • The link between the plan and the report
  • Key documents
  • Validation summary reports
  • Style and emphasis
  • Managing the inspection
Introduction to IT-Infrastructure Qualification
  • The qualification lifecycle
  • How to deal with user requirements
  • Qualification documentation
  • Critical issues
  • Qualification summery report
Regulatory Comments
  • Recent general trends
  • Highlights from Warning Letters and 483s
  • Lessons we must learn
Workshop 1:
Self Evaluation of Compliance with Annex 11

Workshop 2:
Review of User Requirements Specifications
A short review of the URS and how to write specifications, as a prelude to a workshop in which delegates will evaluate a real requirements specification.
What is a URS?
Why is it important?
Contents of a URS
Characteristics of good specifications
Testable specifications

Workshop 3:
Validation Planning
Based on considerations of the type of application, knowledge of the supplier and how it will be used, delegates will work out the best approach to delivering the benefits of a GxP system
What are the risks associated with delivering the system?
What options do you have to manage the most critical risks?
How can they best be managed?
What are the key issues to monitor to ensure delivery of the project benefits?

Workshop 4:
Risk Management in Protocol Planning
Based on a real case study, delegates will use the same risk assessment techniques as in Workshop 2 to determine where to focus the qualification of a packaging line.
Risk management applied to a control system
Using FMEA to assess risks to be managed and
controlled in validation
Identifying options to mitigate (reduce) the higher risks Using the output in creating the testing protocol

Workshop 5:
Change Control
The participants will work on a number of case studies and define the change control activities needed.
Change Control forms
Approval process
Standard Changes

Workshop 6:
Managing Deviations
In this workshop examples of deviations will be examined and methods of resolution discussed. The examples are based on real-life protocols.
Test failures found during IQ/OQ
Manage the deviations
Suggest solutions


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