Being involved in the community and supporting STEM education are important to Performance Validation and its employees. STEM-related careers encompass network engineering, software development, cyber security, health science, biomedical science, nursing, digital media, aerospace, mechanical, electrical, chemical and civil engineering. Summit Technology Academy (STA), located in the Missouri Innovation Campus, helps students seriously interested in science, technology, engineering and math related careers in a global environment.
Dalton Pierson, from the Kansas City office, just completed volunteering at Summitt Technology Academy (STA). As part of the regular curriculum, STA students must maintain a laboratory notebook for class experiments. Part of being a Validation Professional, or working in any regulated industry, is knowing the fundamentals of Good Documentation Practices (GDP). Dalton Pierson gave an hour presentation to the students at STA on GDP and what it is like to work in Engineering and Quality within the highly regulated Pharmaceutical industry. Students were given instruction on how GDP requirements apply to their laboratory notebooks. Students were shown “why” we document information with GDP and they were also shown information on some professionals who did not follow GDP and the consequences they faced.
The final student activity was to examine a completed laboratory check-sheet and find all the documentation errors. This practical example was originally provided by a former FDA inspector and contains dozens for GDP mistakes, including one major error that no student has successfully identified. This major error provides evidence that the check-sheet was falsified in its entirety and resulted in serious regulatory consequences. Students really enjoyed this GDP scavenger hunt!