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In the past few years eight of the nine chapters of EU GMP have been updated. However, Chapter 9 has not been updated at all. This is strange as GMP’s stance on Quality Management System thinking has evolved a lot of the past few years, so surely the requirements for the number one mechanism that you have to evaluate this system should be updated too? Here are my thoughtsread more
The careful and secure control of data and records has become a hot topic at regulatory inspections recently. One reason for this is the increased use of computer systems to hold data in one form or another. Let me give you an example of how keeping data accessible can become problematic with a non-pharmaceutical example from my own childhood.read more
This course has already run very successfully on an in-house basis for our clients who are increasingly concerned to ensure that they comply with the latest regulations from the EU and the FDA regarding the data integrity of their systems.read more
Here is a free template for things that you should include in an auditing closing meetingread more
Here is a free template for things that you should include in an auditing opening meetingread more
I have been working with two multinational pharmaceutical companies recently and both have Corporate GMP requirements that all personnel have a copy of their Curriculum Vitae (CV), or résumé (if you are on the other side of the Atlantic), in individual’s training records. This at first seems a reasonable and simple requirement to implement – but I have seen a number of problems and a solution that may be of interest.read more
A new challenge for all auditors – being asked to perform an audit in a foreign country, where you don’t speak the local language! How should this be tackled?read more
When people talk about good auditing technique it is easy to immediately start covering how to ask questions, how to deal with people and how to make notes. Whilst this is all true, it is easy to forget that there are 4 stages to the audit process and good auditing technique can be used at all of these stages – as we will see. This makes for a better audit.read more
A common finding when auditing is discovering that the organisation or department that you are auditing is not following their own internal procedure or policy. This is a non-conformity, and should be raised as such. The problem is – what clause of the standard actually states that you should follow your procedures? On investigation this is not as easy to find as you might like to think!read more
In many standards that exist there are often statements such as “there must be a procedure to control training records”. Whilst I am sure that none of you will disagree with a statement such as this there is an element of unclarity in the statement itself. It surrounds the use of the word “procedure” and what is meant by a procedure.read more
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