process validation

How Much Can You Afford NOT to Know?

The Regulatory Guidance embodied by ICHQ8 through (soon to be written) ICHQ12 tells us in no uncertain terms that we must protect the patient across the product lifecycle by assuring quality based on...

CPV versus APR, What’s the Difference?

As an outcome of the 2011 Food and Drug Administration Process Validation Guidance, there has been ever increasing interest in the pharmaceutical industry to establish formal Continued Process...

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Operational Qualifications 'Worst Case' Conditions

A common principle in Operational Qualification (OQ) studies is to challenge processes under worst case conditions. A "worst case" condition or set of conditions are generally those parameters...

Which Is Best? Regression versus Control Charting

I was recently asked to review a report summarizing the historic performance of a pharmaceutical process. The report consisted of the usual data tables and charts, but one thing caught my eye: data...

Business Sustainability: A Case for Process Validation

Business sustainability is an often heard buzz phrase, but how does it apply when a costly process validation is imminent? Process validation is not only a regulatory compliance issue; it is also a...

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Mergers, Acquisitions and Consolidations: Whose Validation Standards Do I Use?

If you are like the majority of those who have worked in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry for at least the last five years, your company has been part of a merger, acquisition or some...

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Where are the Numbers? Coding Test Results to Enhance the Analysis of Qualitative Data

Introduction A key prerequisite activity for any successful process validation is process characterization. Process characterization involves varying process inputs such as raw material properties,...

Continued Cleaning Effectiveness: What Are You Doing? - Part II

My last blog focused on the industry trends concerning cleaning validation verification. Through a quick poll we found that out of twenty-three respondents, approximately fifty (50) percent are doing...

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Continued Cleaning Effectiveness: What Are You Doing?

Recently I was asked by a client whether they should continue to do Re-Qualifications or change to Continued Process Verification on their qualified cleaning circuits. To answer this, the factors to...

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Challenges When Qualifying a GMP Analytical Laboratory

Expanding an existing lab or establishing a new lab is an exciting time; new equipment, new facility, a fresh start. The key to having a successful laboratory qualification project is communication...

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