Writing effective IQ/OQ/PQ protocols is a must for following the regulations required by the FDA for equipment, systems, and utilities to demonstrate suitability for the intended use and to operate according to their design and functional specifications. In order to prove the requirements are met, qualification protocols have to be written and followed.
This article is the first in a three-part series describing an engineering approach to establishing an environmental sampling plan for a new pharmaceutical or biopharmaceutical manufacturing facility. The series assume the facility has just been built and no manufacturing of batches have been run, despite being associated with other corporate sites. Simulations of dynamic conditions analogous to producing a batch will be factored in. This article will cover phase 1 in the development of such a sampling plan, and future installments will cover phases 2 through 6.