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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?
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.
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
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.
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.
Here is a free template for things that you should include in an auditing closing meeting
Here is a free template for things that you should include in an auditing opening meeting
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.
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?
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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