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2 Day Course on Sustainable Compliance for Out of Specifications (OOS) Results, Deviations, and Corrective and Preventive Actions (November 9-10, 2021) -

DUBLIN--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The "Sustainable Compliance for Out of Specifications (OOS) Results, Deviations, and Corrective and Preventive Actions (CAPA)" training has been added to's offering.

Quality Control (QC) Unit plays a critical role in assuring the identity, strength, quality, purity, and stability of drugs and biologics. QC Unit is responsible to approve or reject all procedures and specifications impacting quality, and all components, raw materials and the drug at all stages of manufacture, including intermediates, drug substance and drug product (21 CFR 211.22). Robust Laboratory Quality Management Systems (QMS) are essential to achieve and maintain sustainable regulatory compliance in a QC Unit. The course will start with an introduction to roles and responsibilities of the QC Unit with an overview of Laboratory QMS, then focusing on key quality systems or issues, such as data of exceptions, including out of specifications (OOS), and Corrective and Preventive Actions (CAPA).

The CAPA system is an important QMS in the Pharmaceutical Industry, and is a critical tool to achieve sustainable compliance through continuous improvement. A robust CAPA system, supported by a thorough investigation to find a root cause helps in improving manufacturing operations, the company and the business. As per ICH Q10 Guidelines, the pharmaceutical company should have a system for implementing CAPA resulting from the investigation of complaints, product rejections, non-conformances, recalls, deviations, audits, regulatory inspections and findings, and trends from process performance and product quality monitoring. This seminar will discuss the data of exceptions during manufacturing operations and performing investigations into these observations using a structured approach with the objective of determining the root cause. The level of effort, formality, and documentation of the investigation should be commensurate with the level of risk, in line with ICH Q9 guidelines. Ways to implement corrections, corrective actions and preventive actions and a follow-up to monitor the effectiveness and sustainability of these procedures will be described.

Throughout the course, specific examples with regard to achieving regulatory compliance during inspections and audits will be discussed. More importantly, the seminar will focus on understanding data of exceptions, including OOS, their impact on quality, finding a root cause in order to develop robust and effective CAPA procedures to achieve sustainable compliance.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completing this course the participants will understand:

  • Role and Responsibilities of Quality Control Unit with regard to assuring manufacture of quality products consistently and to achieve sustainable compliance during laboratory operations
  • Laboratory Quality Management Systems and their role in QC operations
  • Data of Exceptions - Deviations, Non-Conformances, Out of Specifications (OOS), Out of Trend (OOT), Out of Frequency (OOF)
  • Managing Data of Exceptions
  • Biological Deviations
  • Regulations, History, Background and Importance of OOS
  • Uncertainty of Methods & Re-testing
  • Re-test and Investigative Testing during OOS investigation
  • Issues with Testing into Compliance
  • Reportable Results and Averaging of Data
  • OOS investigations for Microbiological data
  • OOS Investigation - Phase I Investigation, Phase II Investigation
  • Re-testing, Re-Sampling, Outlier Tests
  • Root Cause Analysis for Investigations from Deviations, Non-Conformances, OOS, OOT, OOF
  • Correction, Corrective Actions and Preventive Actions
  • Effectiveness and Sustainability of CAPA

Key Topics Covered:

Day 01 (10:00 AM to 5:00 PM EST)Introduction - Roles & Responsibilities of Quality Control Unit and Overview of Laboratory Quality Management System

  • Quality Control Unit (21 CFR 211.22)
    • Reporting Structure
    • Responsibilities
  • Laboratory Quality Management Systems
    • An Overview

Data of Exception

  • Understanding Data of Exceptions
    • Deviations, Non-Conformances, Out of Specifications (OOS), Out of Trend (OOT), Out of Frequency (OOF)
  • How to Manage Data of Exceptions
  • Deviations & Non-Conformances
    • Biological Product Deviations (BPD)
  • Out of Trend
  • Out of Tolerances
  • Out of Frequency

Out of Specifications (OOS)

  • Understanding OOS
    • Regulations, History and Background
    • FDA's Citations on OOS in QC Labs
    • Uncertainty of Methods & Re-testing
    • Barr's Case

Day 02 (10:00 AM to 5:00 PM EST)Out of Specifications (OOS), Continued

  • FDA Guidance Document on OOS
    • Phase I Investigation
    • Phase II Investigation
    • Re-testing
    • Re-Sampling
    • Outlier Test
  • Concluding the Investigation & Final Thoughts
    • Root Cause Analysis
  • OOS in Microbiological Testing
    • Challenges
    • Best Practices
    • Example - Investigation in Sterility Test Failure
  • Mitigating OOS Risk

Corrective and Preventive Actions (CAPA)

  • Definitions
    • Correction
    • Corrective Action
    • Preventive Action
  • Regulatory Requirements and Guidance
  • CAPA Process
    • Non-Conformance/Deviation/OOS (Problem)
    • Root Cause Analysis
      • Identify Root cause (Critical for Effectiveness of CAPA)
    • Correction of Problem
    • Corrective Action
      • Implement CA
    • Preventive Action
    • Monitoring Effectiveness and Sustainability of CAPA
    • Review
    • Verify (Problem does not recur)
    • Analyze (Monitoring)
  • Making Change to Approved Applications (Change Control)

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Last Updated: 14-Oct-2021