• Pharma 4.0 - Overcoming Data Integrity Issues in the Cloud to Meet FDA Compliance Requirements
  • Pharma 4.0 - Overcoming Data Integrity Issues in the Cloud to Meet FDA Compliance Requirements

    • Speaker : Carolyn Troiano
    • Session Code : CTAUG3122
    • Date : 31st August 2022
    • Time : This Event is Over and the Recorded Content is Available
    • Duration : 1 Hour 40 Mins



Computer system validation has been regulated by FDA for more than 30 years, as it relates to systems used in the manufacturing, testing, and distribution of a product in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device or other FDA-regulated industries.  The FDA requirements ensure thorough planning, implementation, integration, testing and management of computer systems used to collect, analyze and/or report data.


Electronic records and electronic signatures (ER/ES) came into play through guidelines established by FDA in 1997, and disseminated through 21 CFR Part 11.  This code describes the basic requirements for validating and documenting ER/ES capability in systems used in an FDA-regulated environment.


In the early 2000s, FDA recognized they could not inspect every computer system at every regulated company and placed the onus on industry to begin assessing all regulated computer systems based on risk.  The level of potential risk, should the system fail to operate properly, needed to be the basis for each company’s approach to developing a validation approach and rationale as part of the planning process.  System size, complexity, business criticality, GAMP 5 category and risk rating are the five key components for determining the scope and robustness of testing required to ensure data integrity and product safety.


FDA’s recent focus on data integrity during computer system validation inspections and audits has brought this issue to the forefront of importance for compliance of systems used in regulated industries.  These include all systems that “touch” product, meaning they are used to create, collect, analyze, manage, transfer and report data regulated by FDA.  All structured data, including databases, and unstructured data, including documents, spreadsheets, presentations, images, audio and video files, amongst others, must be managed and maintained with integrity throughout their entire life cycle.


So, what is next for the modernization of the processes involved in compliance for FDA-regulated systems, keeping in mind the guidance documents provide thus far? 


The FDA is embarking on a modernization program to update their technology and processes for working with industry to assure regulated products meet FDA compliance. There are numerous programs underway, including partnerships with other agencies and industry to move forward as technology continues to improve.  The FDA plans to take advantage of these technologies, just as industry is focused on the same goal.  The key is making sure these are employed in a way that promotes public health, providing more improved FDA-regulated products with fewer negative side effects and issues.  Plans will also enable FDA to work with industry to move products to market faster, further improving public health.

Pharma 4.0 provides an operating model for FDA-regulated products. It embeds health regulations best practices in the model.


We will explore the best practices and strategic approach for evaluating the current processes involved in assuring computer systems used in the conduct FDA-regulated activities are modernized and streamlined.  Cloud computing, automated computer system testing, and mobile devices are just part of the mix we can expect to explode in the near term.


Finally, we will provide an overview of industry best practices, with a focus on data integrity and risk assessment that can be leveraged to assist in all your GxP work.



Following areas will be covered during the session:


  • Learn about the “12 Theses” of Pharma 4.0
  • Pharma 4.0™ extends/describes the Industry 4.0 Operating Model for medicinal products
  • In deference to common Industry 4.0 approaches, Pharma 4.0™ embeds health regulations best practices
  • Pharma 4.0™ breaks silos in organizations by building bridges between industry, regulators and healthcare and all other stakeholders
  • For the next Generation Medicinal Products, Pharma 4.0™ is THE enabler and business case
  • For the established products, Pharma 4.0™ offers new business cases
  • Investment calculations for Pharma 4.0™ require innovative approaches for business case calculations.
  • Prerequisite for Pharma 4.0™ is an established PQS and controlled processes & products.
  • Pharma 4.0™ is not an IT Project.
  • The Pharma 4.0™ Operating Model incorporates next to IT also the organizational, cultural, processes & resources aspects.
  • The Pharma 4.0™ Maturity Model allows aligning the organization’s operating model for innovative and established industries, suppliers and contractors to an appropriate desired state.
  • Pharma 4.0™ is not a must, but a competitive advantage. Missing Pharma 4.0™ might be a business risk.
  • When moving from blockbusters to niche products and personalized medicines, Pharma 4.0™ offers new ways to look at business cases.

Why should you attend the training?


This webinar is intended for those involved in planning, execution, and support of computer system validation activities, working in the FDA-regulated industries, including pharmaceutical, medical device, biologics, tobacco and tobacco-related products (e-liquids, e-cigarettes, pouch tobacco, cigars, etc.).  Functions that are applicable include research and development, manufacturing, Quality Control, distribution, clinical testing and management, sample labelling, regulatory affairs and submissions, adverse events management, and post-marketing surveillance.


The program will provide you with a current snapshot of the state of industry and FDA as both forge ahead in the face of ever-changing technology. The course provides insight into the ways in which Pharma 4.0™ will serve as an enabler for next generation medicinal products and new business cases for established products. The organizational, cultural, and technical processes and resources are key to the success of this endeavour.


You’ll learn about the various stages of maturity for Pharma 4.0, moving toward a breakdown of silos in organizations and greater connectivity across the enterprise.


What industries will benefit from this training?


Manufacturing, Testing, Packaging and Distribution companies in the following industries that are regulated by FDA are required to follow GxPs:


  • Pharmaceutical (for drug products introduced using a medical device)
  • Medical Device
  • Biologicals (for biological products introduced using a medical device)
  • Tobacco (based on the Tobacco Control Act of 2009)
  • E-Liquid/Vapor (based on the “Deeming” Act of 2016)
  • E-Cigarette (based on the “Deeming” Act of 2016)
  • Cigar (based on the “Deeming” Act of 2016)
  • Third-Party companies that support those in the above industries, including Contract Research Organizations (CROs)
  • Colleges and Universities offering programs of study in Clinical Trial Management and Regulatory Affairs/Matters related to FDA


Who will benefit?


Personnel in the following roles will benefit:


  • Information Technology Analysts
  • QC/QA Managers
  • QC/QA Analysts
  • Clinical Data Managers
  • Clinical Data Scientists
  • Analytical Chemists
  • Compliance Managers
  • Laboratory Managers
  • Automation Analysts
  • Manufacturing Managers
  • Manufacturing Supervisors
  • Supply Chain Specialists
  • Computer System Validation Specialists
  • GMP Training Specialists
  • Business Stakeholders responsible for computer system validation planning, execution, reporting, compliance, maintenance and audit
  • Consultants working in the life sciences industry who are involved in computer system implementation, validation and compliance
  • Auditors engaged in the internal inspection of labeling records and practices

Carolyn Troiano has more than 35 years of experience in computer system validation in the pharmaceutical, medical device, biotechnology, tobacco, and other FDA-regulated industries.  She is currently an independent consultant, advising companies on FDA compliance, Computer System Validation (CSV), and large-scale IT system implementation projects.


Carolyn participated in the FDA/Industry Partnership to develop 21 CFR Part 11, the FDA’s Guidance for Electronic Records and Electronic Signatures. She has provided consulting and training on CSV, 21 CFR Part 11, Data Integrity, and many other related compliance topics.

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