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WHOAnnex4 Validation

WHOAnnex4 Validation

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© World Health OrganizationWHO Technical Report Series, No. 937, 2006
Annex 4
Supplementary guidelines on good manufacturingpractices: validation
1. Introduction2. Scope3. Glossary4. Relationship between validation and qualification5. Validation5.1. Approaches to validation5.2. Scope of validation6. Qualification7. Calibration and verification8. Validation master plan9. Qualification and validation protocols10. Qualification and validation reports11. Qualification stages12. Change control13. PersonnelReferencesAppendix 1
Validation of heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems
Appendix 2
Validation of water systems for pharmaceutical use
Appendix 3
Cleaning validation
Appendix 4
Analytical method validation
Appendix 5
Validation of computerized systems
Appendix 6
Qualification of systems and equipment
Appendix 7
Non-sterile process validation
Validation is an essential part of good manufacturing practices (GMP). It is,therefore, an element of the quality assurance programme associated with a particular product or process. The basic principles of quality assurance haveas their goal the production of products that are fit for their intended use.These principles are as follows:
Quality, safety and efficacy must be designed and built into the product.
Quality cannot be inspected or tested into the product.
Each critical step of the manufacturing process must be validated. Other steps in the process must be under control to maximize the probabilitythat the finished product consistently and predictably meets all qualityand design specifications.
Validation of processes and systems is fundamental to achieving these goals.It is by design and validation that a manufacturer can establish confidence thatthe manufactured products will consistently meet their product specifications.
Documentation associated with validation includes: — standard operating procedures (SOPs) — specifications — validation master plan (VMP) — qualification protocols and reports — validation protocols and reports.
The implementation of validation work requires considerable resources such as:
generally validation work is subject to rigorous time schedules.
validation often requires the time of specialized personnel and expensive technology.
validation requires the collaboration of experts from various dis-ciplines (e.g. a multidisciplinary team, comprising quality assurance, en-gineering, manufacturing and other disciplines, depending on the productand process to be validated).
These guidelines aim to give guidance to inspectors of pharmaceutical manu-facturing facilities and manufacturers of pharmaceutical products on therequirements for validation. The main part covers the general principles of validation and qualification. In addition to the main part, appendices on vali-dation and qualification (e.g. cleaning, computer and computerized systems,equipment, utilities and systems, and analytical methods) are included.
2.1 These guidelines focus mainly on the overall concept of validationand are intended as a basic guide for use by GMP inspectors and manufac-
turers. It is not the intention to be prescriptive in specific validation require-ments. This document serves as general guidance only, and the principlesmay be considered useful in its application in the manufacture and controlof active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) and finished pharmaceutical products. Validation of specific processes and products, for example in ster-ile product manufacture, requires much more consideration and a detailed approach that is beyond the scope of this document.2.2 There are many factors affecting the different types of validation and it is, therefore, not intended to define and address all aspects related to one particular type of validation here.2.3 Manufacturers should plan validation in a manner that will ensureregulatory compliance and ensuring that product quality, safety and consis-tency are not compromised.2.4 The general text in the main part of these guidelines may be appli-cable to validation and qualification of premises, equipment, utilities and systems, and processes and procedures. More specific principles of quali-fication and validation are addressed in the appendices. Semi-automatic or fully automatic clean-in-place (CIP) systems and other special cases should  be treated separately.
The definitions given below apply to the terms used in these guidelines.They may have different meanings in other contexts.
The set of operations that establish, under specified conditions, the relation-ship between values indicated by an instrument or system for measuring(for example, weight, temperature and pH), recording, and controlling, or the values represented by a material measure, and the corresponding knownvalues of a reference standard. Limits for acceptance of the results of mea-suring should be established.
computer validation 
Documented evidence which provides a high degree of assurance that acomputerized system analyses, controls and records data correctly and thatdata processing complies with predetermined specifications.
The setting up, adjustment and testing of equipment or a system to ensurethat it meets all the requirements, as specified in the user requirement speci-fication, and capacities as specified by the designer or developer. Commis-sioning is carried out before qualification and validation.

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