A validation master plan (VMP) outlines the principles involved in the qualification of a facility, defining the areas and systems to be validated, and provides a written program for achieving and maintaining a qualified facility. Master plans are written to assist an organization with validation strategies or to provide control over a specific process.
Data integrity is essential in the pharma, biologics, and medical device manufacturing industries. Not only is complete, accurate, and reliable data necessary to assure drug safety and quality, the growing reliance on increasingly sophisticated digital systems means that issues relating to data integrity are increasingly complex.
Writing effective IQ/OQ/PQ protocols is a must for following the regulations required by the FDA for equipment, systems, and utilities to demonstrate suitability for the intended use.
Writing and enforcing standard operating procedures (SOPs) is a challenge. Poorly written SOPs are a common cause of deficiencies and observations cited in 483s and warning letters from the FDA.
Choosing a foreign vendor is no different than choosing a domestic vendor; foreign vendors are held to the same FDA standards as domestic vendors. Manufacturers must have assurance that their foreign vendor will not be the source of major issues.
This article will address the roles of quality control and quality assurance, how these roles are related and how they are different and how they must work together to create a sound quality management system.
Analytical instruments can provide a high level of confidence in the integrity and quality of the manufactured product through scientific data, and that confidence can only be achieved through proper instrument qualification