Data Integrity Warning Letter Summary – August 2018

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently issued a Warning Letter to a Japanese bio-chemical manufacturing company.  The Warning Letter summarized significant deviations from current good manufacturing practice (CGMP) for active pharmaceutical ingredients (API).  The letter cited non-compliance with section 501(a)(2)(B) of the 21 U.S.C.more

Legacy ERP Validation Project Summary

The Challenge

A mid-sized medical device company, subject to cGMPs, needed to bring their legacy Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system into FDA compliance. The system is called Sage 100. They had not validated it in the past. This was clearly a concern to them and a gap they needed to mitigate as soon as possible.… more

Data Integrity Assessment Project Summary

The Challenge

The 2016 publication of FDA draft guidance document (“Data Integrity and Compliance with CGMP”) along with increased warning letters / 483s have generated an increased attention toward data integrity issues among FDA regulated industries.  As a result, companies in the affected industries have begun instituting or updating their data integrity policies and best practices. … more

Microsoft R Validation Project Summary

The Challenge

A medical device manufacturing client contracted Performance Validation (PV) to assist with creating a Computer System Validation (CSV) package for Microsoft R. Finding evidence of other organizations validating R for GXP compliance did not prove fruitful.  Microsoft R is a free, open source application which uses the S language in statistical methodology.… more

Managing Data Integrity Risks for SCADA Systems

SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) software vendors have historically served industries that require tight controls over system configurations and data records.  As a result, modern SCADA software systems have evolved to provide a robust set of tools intrinsically designed to prevent the intentional or unintentional undetectable alteration of system data.  more

Critical Airflow Visualization Data Integrity

Aseptic manufacturing facilities have many critical qualification activities that rely heavily on high-quality data collection. One such activity is critical airflow visualization – commonly referred to as a smoke study. Smoke studies are used to demonstrate “laminarity and sweeping action over and away from the product under dynamic conditions” (FDA draft guidance “Sterile Drug Products Produced by Aseptic Processing”).more

Software as a Medical Device (SaMD): Clinical Evaluation and Validation

Your doctor is probably not using the data from your wearable (e.g. fitbit) to make decisions about your health. However, this is the kind of question we begin to ask when considering Software as a Medical Device (SaMD). By definition, these are applications (software) intended for medical use without the use of hardware (International Medical Device Regulators Forum (IMDRF) guidance).more

503B Electronic Record Data Integrity

For compounding pharmacies regulated under section 503B, electronic record data integrity concerns are increasing in regulatory and customer visibility. The concepts of good data integrity practices is not new. Yet an organization can inadvertently open itself up to serious problems with their electronic record integrity if proper operating and computer system validation procedures are not followed.more

Validation of Ignition SCADA (Inductive Automation) System for Medical Device Assembly

A leading medical device manufacturer introduced a new production line to their assembly facility.  The new line was designed to accommodate the simultaneous production of several makes and models of hand-held motor-driven surgical devices.  This new line was designed to apply the latest integrated manufacturing technology to optimize flexibility, efficiency, quality controls, and real-time accountability toward meeting immediate market demand for product.  … more

Audit Trail Review – A Data Integrity Issue

Data integrity demands a great amount of attention in the life science industry. This is now truer than ever with increased focus from the FDA, EU, and industry standards on data integrity issues and best practices. Audit trails for computerized systems are required for all FDA / EU regulated systems.more