This the second article in a two-part series on conducting microorganism challenge studies using online water bioburden analyzers (OWBAs) in a laboratory setting. Part 1 discussed two different experimental approaches that have been successfully used for microorganism challenges. This second article explores the six pitfalls to avoid and four best practices to follow during execution of microorganism challenge tests.
Whether to rotate disinfectants has been debated in the pharmaceutical industry for years. If disinfectants are not used properly, microorganisms may remain on surfaces and proliferate in the environment. This article discusses the concept of disinfectant rotation and the current mainstream industry practice regarding it.
When it comes to GCP audits and inspections, low-hanging fruit says a lot about the tree.
Having a competent, professional workforce is essential to meeting the dual goals of business requirements and regulatory expectations. With a coherent plan and a well-structured learning system that is focused on performance, a pharma firm can efficiently accomplish both.
Following the publication of ICH Q9, industry eagerly embraced the opportunity to share ideas and best practices related to QRM. The cadence of publication steadily increased as ICH Q8, ICH Q10, and ICH Q11 emerged, as thought leaders sought to provide practical guidance to industry on the application of QRM. This article will focus on selected publications addressing general, rather than specific, applications of QRM.
Pharmaceuticals, large and midsize, have a long history of rewarding reactive firefighting as opposed to proactively identifying problems and preventing issues from occurring. As a result, proactive risk management and the cultural change that goes with it have been a hard sell.
Quality risk management (QRM) is not a concept to be applied in a vacuum. Rather, it is a discipline that provides the most value when used throughout the product life cycle.
This article presents the most recent publication of GMP drug product inspection data from the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER), which addresses drug inspections conducted in FY2017. It looks at five years of data from the FDA, examines data from 2017, and evaluates five years’ worth of trends in GMP inspection enforcement.