Best Practices in Preparation for an FDA Computer System Audit

Course Description:

FDA requires that all computer systems used to produce, manage and report on “GxP” (GMP, GLC, GCP) related products be validated and maintained in accordance with specific rules. This webinar will help you understand the FDA’s current thinking on computer systems that are validated and subject to inspection and audit. It will also take into account areas where FDA will likely focus their effort, including on the higher-risk systems.

As a “GxP” system, following Good Manufacturing, Laboratory and Clinical Practices, the computer system must be validated in accordance with FDA requirements. If electronic records and/or electronic signatures (ER/ES) are incorporated into the system, FDA’s CFR Part 11 guidance on ER/ES must be followed.

This webinar will focus on the key areas that are most important, including security and data integrity. Implementing and following the System Development Life Cycle (SDLC) methodology is the best approach for computer system validation and maintaining data integrity. The life cycle approach takes all aspects of validation into account throughout the life of the system and the data that it houses. The data is a key asset for any FDA-regulated company and must be protected through its entire retention period.

In preparation for an audit, it is important to assess the documentation that was prepared when each GxP system was validated to identify and remediate any gaps or issues. The FDA contact person(s) should be able to tell the story of how each system came into Production in a validated state and how each system is maintained in that validated state with the data integrity assured.

It’s important to have the right resources and understanding of the process prior to any inspection. Having the validation information available and key resources who can speak to various components of it is critical and should be arranged in advance.

You will learn some tips based on real FDA inspections and lessons learned that will be shared with the audience.

 

Why Should You Attend?

FDA requires that all computer systems that handle data regulated by the Agency to be validated in accordance with their guidance on computerized systems. In 1997, 21 CFR Part 11 was issued to address electronic records and signatures, as many laboratories and other FDA-regulated organizations began seeking ways to move into a paperless environment. This guidance has been modified over the years to make it more palatable to industry, and this includes discretionary enforcement measures. The intent was to avoid creating a huge regulatory compliance cost to industry that was initially preventing companies from embracing the technology.

This session will provide some insight into current trends in compliance and enforcement that can help in preparation for an FDA inspection or audit of computer systems that are regulated. There are some key areas of focus that will be covered that will help you to plan for an on-site inspection.

 

Areas Covered in the Webinar:

This webinar will cover the following key areas:

  • Computer System Validation (CSV) and the System Development Life Cycle (SDLC) Methodology
  • “GxP” – Good Manufacturing, Laboratory and Clinical Practices
  • 21 CFR Part 11, Electronic Records/Electronic Signatures (ER/ES)
  • Data Archival to ensure security, integrity and compliance
  • Validation Strategy that will take into account the system risk assessment and system categorization (GAMP V) processes
  • Recent FDA findings for companies in regulated industries
  • The resources, documentation and room preparation necessary to adequately prepare for inspection
  • Q&A

 

Who Will Benefit:

This webinar is intended for those involved in planning, execution and support of computer system validation activities, working in the FDA-regulated industries, including pharmaceutical, medical device, biologics, tobacco and tobacco-related products (e-liquids, e-cigarettes, pouch tobacco, cigars, etc.). Functions that are applicable include research and development, manufacturing, Quality Control, distribution, clinical testing and management, sample labeling, adverse events management and post-marketing surveillance.

Examples of who will benefit from this webinar include:

  • Information Technology Analysts
  • Information Technology Developers and Testers
  • QC/QA Managers and Analysts
  • Analytical Chemists
  • Compliance and Audit Managers
  • Laboratory Managers
  • Automation Analysts
  • Manufacturing Specialists and Managers
  • Supply Chain Specialists and Managers
  • Regulatory Affairs Specialists
  • Regulatory Submissions Specialists
  • Risk Management Professionals
  • Clinical Data Analysts
  • Clinical Data Managers
  • Clinical Trial Sponsors
  • Computer System Validation Specialists
  • GMP Training Specialists
  • Business Stakeholders/Subject Matter Experts
  • Business System/Application Testers
  • Vendors responsible for software development, testing and maintenance
  • Vendors and consultants working in the life sciences industry who are involved in computer system implementation, validation and compliance

 

Free Materials:

  • During the webinar we will discuss FDA Guidance Documents and GAMP5, the Good Automated Manufacturing Practices
  • We will discuss the method for assessing risk, based on probability, severity, detectability and mitigation
  • There will also be an overview of Policies and Procedures, including a checklist of topics that is in the slide deck

Our Speaker

Carolyn Troiano

Carolyn Troiano has more than 35 years of experience in computer system validation and compliance in the pharmaceutical, medical device, tobacco and other FDA-regulated industries. She is currently an independent consultant, advising companies on computer system validation and large-scale IT system implementation projects.

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