ARTICLES BY MARK DURIVAGE
Establishing An Effective Calibration Program
Calibration is the comparison of inspection, measuring, and test equipment against a traceable reference device to determine if accuracy and precision limits are met. It is one of the fundamental, yet often neglected requirements for GMP. Several international standards, regulations, and guidances provide requirements for an effective calibration program.
7 Rules For Properly Interpreting Control Charts
It is time to consider augmenting your validated production processes, including processing, packaging, and labeling, with continuous process monitoring using control charts to ensure continued compliance with established specifications and requirements.
Using Production And Postmarket Data To Validate FMEA Assumptions
One common issue with regulatory agencies and certification bodies regarding failure mode and effects analysis (FMEA) is that organizations are not utilizing production and postmarket surveillance data to validate the probability of occurrence and probability of detection assumptions, which leads to inspectional observations and audit findings.
How To Implement Continuous Process Monitoring Of Validated Processes
It is time to consider augmenting your validated pharmaceutical, medical device, and tissue production processes, including processing, packaging, and labeling, with continuous process monitoring to ensure continued compliance with established specifications and requirements if you do not want to be cited by the FDA.
Making FMEA More Robust With HACCP
Risk priority number scores and criticality analysis are frequently used to quantify risks for users, designs, and processes. However, these traditional failure mode and effects analysis (FMEA) techniques often fail to fully document risks associated with contamination. To complement FMEA, consider borrowing a risk-management technique from the food industry.
Identifying, Documenting, & Auditing Processes For Quality Management
Process results that are predictable and consistent can be achieved more effectively and efficiently when the activities are considered, managed, and understood as interconnected processes that function as a system.
Is It Time To Say Goodbye To FMEA Risk Priority Number (RPN) Scores?
It may be time to consider eliminating the use of the traditional risk priority number (RPN) score and transitioning to the use of action priority (AP) ratings. AP ratings are much simpler to use, do not require a calculation (eliminating the validation of a spreadsheet), and provides a single simple table reference to determine the appropriate level of action.
Stand By To Stand By: Organizational Contingency Planning
The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has been a wakeup call, exposing the vulnerability of the global supply chain and the lack of emphasis placed on contingency planning.
Remote Auditing Best Practices For GMP Compliance
Every organization that is regulated by the FDA has been adversely affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. This article will focus on remote auditing for good manufacturing practice (GMP) compliance, with a focus on the challenges, opportunities, and best practices for performing remote internal and external audits.
A SMART Approach To CAPA Effectiveness Checks
Many times, corrective and preventive action (CAPAs) fail due to the structure and flow of the process and not necessarily the efforts of those managing the CAPAs. This article will look at using the SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound) methodology for use in developing a CAPA verification of effectiveness plan.