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Planning to perform audits

As with everything else in life, planning is everything. An audit is much more effective for everyone concerned if the auditor takes a short amount of time to plan the audit correctly. This article incudes a checklistlist of things to include in the planning of any effective audit.

Management Review – who, what, where and when?

The idea of Management Review meetings has only been a formal GMP requirement for the past 5 years or so. In the many visits that I do to pharmaceutical manufacturing sites I see these done – but rarely done well, which is a real shame. So what are these GMP Management Review meetings, why do we have them, what should be discussed, who should attend and how often should we have them?

Standards to use when auditing suppliers

If you are working to Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) then you will need to audit many of your suppliers. GMP does not really tell you what pharmaceutical supplier standards you should or could use when auditing your suppliers this post lists of all the key standards to use when auditing suppliers including links to all of the key documents and authorities.

EU GMP Chapter 9: Self-Inspection – time for an update?

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 thoughts

Data Integrity – why all the fuss?

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.

GMP Auditing Articles and News

Read our articles on GMP auditing relating to regulatory compliance in the Pharma industry . The 5 most recent articles are shown in the slider and the rest are shown in date order below.

New course on Data Integrity

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.

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Curriculum Vitaes in Training Records

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.

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Auditing abroad

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?

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Good auditing techniques

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.

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Non-conformity – not following a procedure

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!

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Procedure or documented procedure?

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. 

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Management Review – what is it for?

In this post we look at the reasons for performing Management Review, where the idea of Management Review has come from, what should be discussed, what the outcomes should be, who should attend and how often they should take place.

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The benefits of being IRCA registered

Our 5-day Pharmaceutical Lead Auditor course is registered with IRCA, the International Register of Certificated Auditors.  This is the world's premier organisation for professional auditors and sets down minimum standards for auditors and auditor training courses. ...

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